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

Middle Country's Nikki Ortega.

Middle Country's Nikki Ortega. (Credit: George A. Faella)

Well, that was fun.

This week, I got to see the human streak, Sydney Pirreca, in action, and spent half that game being afraid to jot anything down in my notebook, because every time I did, she'd zipped to the other side of the field. Mount Sinai = legitimate, opponents take note. Shoutout to their goalie, Julia Michaels, who's the best quote I've had in awhile (hey, it's the little things). One thing you'll learn: I love me a good goalie. 

Before that, I got to see Northport and Cortney Fortunato. You know her deal: All American, Notre Dame, lacrosse golden child, blah blah blah. Stephen and I agree - Northport is scary good and deserves a bump in the rankings. (Stay tuned for that...)

But my week retrospective (it was cold...so cold) isn't why you're here. Without further ado, here are your butt-kicking, world-ruling players of the week:

Cortney Fortunato, Northport - Did I say blah, blah, blah before? She's just that consistent. Last week, when she score eight goals with two assists, it was added to the team highlight in the second sentence. Let me break that down for you, coach-wise: That's code for, 'this girl is so good, this is not considered a spectacular individual feat.' #respect

Nikki Ortega, Middle Country - She's here so often, Girls Who Rule the World should be charging her rent. Ortega basically set scoreboards ablaze this week, with 24 points in three games. Her eight goals against Pat-Med was a career high. Sister Jamie had seven assists in that game, so she might owe her ice cream or something.

Elizabeth Pellechi, Smithtown East - Pellechi had seven goals and two assists against Longwood and five goals and four assists against Copiague - meaning she had a hand in more than half of Smithtown's 35 points this week.

Shelby Fredericks, Babylon - Fredericks helped Babylon prove its might, scoring the game-winning tally over Class B champion Eastport-South Manor with 2:54 left in the game. She added four goals and three assists over Comsewogue. Because she is a machine.

Monika Sivilli, Glenn - The youngest of the alliteration-loving Sivillis (sister Mackenzie is a junior, and Maddlyn graduated) had seven goals and two assists in a win over Hampton Bays.

Those are the standouts, but there were legitimately so many incredible performances this week, that we're doing a lighting round. In no particular order, here's some awesomeness:

Sachem East's Casey Gelderman five goals and three assists for a career-high eight points over North Babylon, while Sayville's Taylor Mills and Olivia Russell, a senior and a junior, had career highs with six goals each against East Hampton/Bridgehampton/Pierson. East Islip's Elizabeth Vetter had career highs in goals, assists and points: five goals, four assists. And finally, King Park's Emily Santoli had six goals and an assist against Glenn.

<wipes off flop sweat>

Aight, that's the list. Like I said, it was super-competitive this week, so don't feel bad if you didn't make it. Also, give me and Stephen a follow on Twitter (@StephenHaynes4 and @AlbaneseLaura). We sometimes talk about lacrosse stuff. Mostly, we behave like children.

Happy laxin' and stay warm!

Tags: Mount Sinai , Sydney Pirreca , Northport Cortney Fortunato , Nikki Ortega , Middle Country , Elizabeth Pellechi , Smithtown East , Shelby Fredericks , Babylon , Monika Sivilli , Glenn , Sachem East , Casey Gelderman , Sayville , Taylor Mills , Olivia Russell , East Islip , Elizabeth Vetter , King Park , Emily Santoli

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