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Girls who run this world: Suffolk lacrosse players of the week

CORTNEY FORTUNATO Attack, Northport, Sr.

Attack, Northport, Sr. (Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Howdy girls lacrosse aficionados!

Did you miss us? (Don't answer that. We're sensitive.)

For the uninitiated, I'm Laura Albanese, your resident Suffolk girls lacrosse writer. My partner in crime is none other than the inestimable Stephen Haynes, and he'll be covering Nassau.

And what is this, you ask? Why, this is 'Girls Who Run (This) World', my Beyonce-inspired ode to the best performances of the week. Why? Well...because we can, and because y'all seem to like it.

This recent crop of awesomeness spans from March 24-31. Did I miss someone? Tell me.

(Actually, that pretty much applies for all things. Awesome story we're missing? Tell me...or Stephen. Like to impart some lacrosse knowledge my way? Tell me...please.)

And so, without further ado: Girls Who Run This World...

Cortney Fortunato, Northport - Well, Cort-Fort wasted exactly zero time. The All-American had seven goals and two assists over Sachem North.

Hailey Wagner, Bellport - Wagner, only a sophomore, had seven goals and one assist, in a win over Hampton Bays. Shoutout to teammate Courtney Pabst, also a sophomore, who had five and three.

Shelby Fredericks, Babylon - It's entirely possible Fredericks plays lacrosse in God mode. The junior had six goals and six assists over East Hampton.

Nicolette Tortorici, Deer Park - Six goals, four assists...all in a day's work against Islip.

Shannon Abernethy, Rocky Point - There is simply not enough goalie love in the world. Abernethy stopped 15 shots against Floyd...and only three. (Insert Pink Floyd "The Wall" joke here.)

Jamie Ortega, Middle Country - Ortega, an eighth-grader, scored the game-winner against West Babylon and finished with five goals and one assist. It runs in the family: sister Nikki Ortega had five goals and four assists in the same game.

Ashley Gugliuzzo, Connetquot - Gugliuzzo made a stop on on a free position shot with 11 seconds left to defeat North Babylon and finished with 12 saves.

...and there they are. Don't worry if your name didn't make this crop. There's plenty (pleeeeeeeeenty) of lacrosse left to play.

Happy laxing...