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Irreplaceable: Nassau Girls Lax Players of the Week

Seaford's Emma Schait controls the ball. (April 4,

Seaford's Emma Schait controls the ball. (April 4, 2012) (Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

Ayyyyyyyyyy! (Fonzie voice)

Don’t ask me why that was the first thing I thought to type…

Welcome back for this week’s installment of Nassau Players of the Week. In keeping with the Beyonce theme – for now – we’ve titled this one “Irreplaceable.” For the girls who were irreplaceable and indispensable to their teams this week. Get it? Like it? We might be doing Trinidad James puns by next month.

As always, if you’ve got any suggestions or people you want to nominate, feel free to email me or shoot a message @StephenHaynes4.

Emma Schait, Seaford
She’s back at it! Schait, one of last season's elite scorers, had nine goals and an assist in Thursday’s win over Hewlett, and then had seven goals and three assists in a 19-13 win over Clarke on Saturday. The Vikings are off to a 4-0 start.

Alyssa Fiore, Division
She scored four goals, including the winner with 1:27 left, to give the Blue Dragons a 12-11 win over Floral Park on Thursday.

Colleen Lovett, Wantagh
The Georgetown-bound senior had 18 points in two games, including five goals in each of the Warriors’ wins. Lovett scored the winner with 3:17 remaining in Friday’s 14-13 victory over Massapequa, avenging last year’s double-overtime loss to the Chiefs.

Lindsey Hoffman, East Meadow
The junior made a career-high 22 saves in a 16-12 win over Island trees on April 4. Facing 34 shots from a capable offense and stopping 64.7% of them is pretty, pretty good.

Nicole Wahlig & Jen Wahlig, Clarke
Nicole had 16 points last week, including eight goals and an assist in Clarke's 14-10 win over Carle Place. Jen had 17 points, including three goals and five assists against Carle Place, and the duo helped Clarke go 2-1 last week.

Emily Cohen, Hewlett
She had eight goals and an assist in a 16-14 win over Baldwin. (Baldwin's Kelsey Cohen nearly matched her with seven goals. 'Twas a good day for the Cohen name.)

Tara DeAngelo & Jackie Jahelka, Garden City
Each had four goals and an assist in Garden City's 12-11 win over Darien on Saturday. But, more importantly, both were clutch. DeAngelo tied it with two minutes left in regulation to force overtime, and Jahelka tied it again with 2:24 left in the second overtime, giving Kerry Defliese the chance to score the winner with eight seconds left in double OT. DeAngelo is also an All-Long Island field hockey player. (I've already said that the field hockey mentions on this blog, though completely unnecessary, will be plentiful.)

(Of note: The Trojans hosted Darien last season and won, 18-7. This game, as the score indicates, was far more interesting.)

Judy Park, Portledge
She made 10 saves in Portledge's 13-6 win over Walthamstow. The Panthers led 9-0 at the half, so all the scoring against them came when the game was in hand.

(Another "of note": Walthamstow was visiting from England. The girls lacrosse team, touring the east coast, faced teams in Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York before heading home.)

Defense, Manhasset
This is in recognition of a group. The Indians beat Chatham (N.J.), 14-7, on Saturday and most impressive was the swarming defense, which kept them in it while the offense got settled. Kate Conway and Emily Markham led a unit that kept Chatham scoreless for a 20:20 stretch in the first half while going on a 6-0 run to erase an early 2-0 deficit. Midway through the second half, Manhasset kept the Cougars off the board for another 11-minute stretch. Midfielder Julia Glynn, too, played in a role in that with deflections and disruption. The Cougars' leading scorer, Mary Kate O'Neill, was held to one goal.

Tags: girls lacrosse , athletes of the week

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