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Girls who run this world: Suffolk girls lacrosse players of the week
Howdy, lacrosse peoples.
I’m going to be out an about covering a boys lacrosse game tomorrow (It doesn’t mean anything! You’re still my main squeeze, girls lacrosse)…so I’m getting a head start on Girls Who Run This World. That’s right: A Special Friday Night Hopped up and Coffee and Imitation Twinkies Edition (it’s a glamorous life we lead).
But wait, you say. What about Saturday’s greatness? Doesn’t that deserve a little blog love?
It absolutely does. Great Saturday performances are eligible for next week’s GWRTW. I know, I know. I’m messing with the fabric of time/the time-space continuum. If you think I’ll miss a great Saturday performance, please feel free to email me.
ALSO: You may have noticed that the blog is rolling out these featurettes. Kind of a ‘Getting to know you’ for the faces of girls lacrosse. We’re focusing on varsity players, but I’m also not against doing stuff on my personal heroes, the girls doing the book. Y’all know what I mean: the scorekeepers and managers who help me out if I ever miss a goal scorer. Shoot us a line if you or anyone you know fits the bill. Mascots can also apply (Are there girls lacrosse mascots? No, right? There should be.)
Enough housekeeping. Let’s get cranking….
Nicole Levy, East Islip – Levy last week defied the laws of physics and logic* by amassing nine (!) assists and four goals in an 18-11 win over Sachem East. She’s a sophomore, people. Quote fellow girls lacrosse aficionado, Stephen Haynes: “She wielded the Hammer of Thor on them.”
*only a slight exaggeration
Shannon Cummings, East Islip – We usually keep it to a max of one GWRTW per game, but I’m going to give Cummings the extra shoutout. The senior scored a career-high seven goals in Levy’s nine-assist extravaganza. High-five.
Hailey Wagner, Bellport – But really, what didn’t Hailey Wagner do? She had six goals and three assists in a 17-16 win over Glenn, and scored the game-winner on a free position with two minutes left in the second OT.
Ally Tilley, Ward Melville – Sure, Tilley only scored twice in the win over Northport, but lawdy did she make ‘em count. She scored with 6:10 left in regulation to break a tie at 7 and then notched the game-winner with 5:17 left against one of the more stifling defenses in Division I. I’m exhausted just thinking about it.
Rachel Ramirez, Lindenhurst – I got to see this one in person, and it was something to behold. Ramirez made 13 saves – seven on free position attempts – and allowed only one goal in the first half of Lindenhurst’s 9-6 win over Floyd. Oh, and Lindenhurst? Still undefeated in Division I.
Jasmine Perkins, North Babylon – She scored five goals one assist, including the winner with 2:15 left in regulation over a none-too-shabby Sachem North. It’s North Babylon’s first league win of the season.
Hannah Burnett, Huntington – Game-winners. Game-winners as far as the eye can see. Burnett scored the go-ahead goal on an assist from Alexis Thompson with 2:01 left in a 15-14 win over East Hampton. What makes her performance GWRTW-worthy? The overall tally: Four goals, two assists, and her very first appearance in Athletes of the Week.
Girls Who Run This World, Athlete of Every Week: I tried to spread the love a little today, but there are some performances you just can’t ignore. Here are some established names who had games that made you go ‘whoa.’
Caroline Fitzgerald, Mt. Sinai – This is why she’s an All-American, btw. Two goals, one assist, five ground balls, four draw controls and three caused turnovers over Sayville. I’m fairly certain she teleports around the field.
Nikki Ortega, Middle Country – Six goals and four assists (it’s like a video game, y’all) over big, bad West Islip, including a goal with 33 seconds left in overtime to give Middle Country the two-goal margin of victory.
Shelby Fredericks, Babylon – Five goals and five assists over Rocky Point. Extra shoutout to Devyn Antolini who had five and three.
That’s all she wrote, folks. As always, feel free to email or tweet at us (@AlbaneseLaura and @StephenHaynes4) if there's anything we're missing. See you on the flip.
Tags: GWRTW , Suffolk Players of the Week , Nicole Levy , East Islip , Shannon Cummings , Hailey Wagner , Bellport , Ally Tilley , Ward Melville , Rachel Ramirez , Lindenhurst , Hannah Burnett , Huntington , Jasmine Perkins , North Babylon , Caroline Fitzgerald , Mt. Sinai , Nikki Ortega , Middle Country , Shelby Fredericks , Babylon , Devyn Antolini