Farmingdale State's Nicole Marzocca focused on championship, not records

Farmingdale State lacrosse player Nicole Marzocca. Farmingdale State lacrosse player Nicole Marzocca. Photo Credit: Farmingdale State Athletics

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Nicole Marzocca learned last season to focus on anything but individual school records.

That's why the Farmingdale State junior had no idea Wednesday that her standout season has put her in position to eventually surpass four of them.

After totaling three goals and seven assists in last night's 18-10 women's lacrosse victory over St. Joseph's College (Long Island) the midfielder needs one point to tie the record for points in a season (96) and is nine goals away from matching the record for goals in a season (63), according to the school's athletics department. She is 18 goals away from the all-time career mark (173) and 17 assists away from tying that record (112) as well.

"First time I'm hearing about it all, really," said Marzocca, who has 54 goals and 41 assists this season. "I'm really only looking forward to getting to the championship."'

Marzocca (North Babylon) said this mind-set is essential, considering what happened last year.

"We noticed that people on the team were more into individual stats last year and it was a problem," Marzocca said. "That was what the team mostly focused. I think it brought us down in the championship game because we weren't focused on the team and were more concerned with breaking records and the idea of a team and passing more really didn't happen last year."

Coach Erin Calkins said things are different this season for Farmingdale State (16-1, 7-0 Skyline).

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"Losing last year really made them want to work harder and more together for this season," Calkins said. "Basically this season's success has been because we're more of a team and it's not just one person doing it all."

There's more than one player poised to break records, too.

Junior Christy Thoden (Bayport) had 11 draw controls, giving her 129 and breaking her school record of 127 in a season, a mark she set last year. She holds the career record with 375. She is also six ground balls away from her school record of 64 in a season.

Freshman goalie Krista Spagnoletta, who graduated from West Islip in 2012 and transferred from Salve Regina, has emerged this season with 121 saves before Wednesday night.

"She came in as a surprise for us," Calkins said. "She contacted us in the fall, said she wanted to play and she's been awesome. The girls really took to her."

For Marzocca and her team, however, winning the Skyline Conference Championship and perhaps advancing to the NCAA Tournament is all that matters. Farmingdale State will play in a semifinal Wednesday (time and opponent yet to be determined).

"I'm very confident in my team and in how we work together," Marzocca said. "The captains have had that conversation with freshmen, especially in the beginning of the season. The idea was that we were doing it together, that we're going to do anything it took to win."

CORRECTION: A previous version of story on the Farmingdale State women’s lacrosse team incorrectly stated that Krista Spanoletta transferred from Guilford College.

 

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