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The Girls on Fire: Nassau/CHSAA Players of the Week
Yeah, we did away with "Girl, you be killing 'em" as the title for Players of the Week. Why? Because the song had its run in 2011. We wanna keep it fresh and change it up. Laura had the idea for a Hunger Games type of theme, so we're going with that for now.
And away we go...
Kaitlyn Montalbano, St. John the Baptist
The sophomore has 19 points in two games this season. She went for a career-high eight goals and three assists in the Cougars' win over Friends Academy last Tuesday.
Annie Heagerty, St. Anthony's
She scored six goals to lead the Friars in a 17-6 win over Manhasset on Friday. The quality of the performance is raised a notch because of who it came against, and the fact that St. Anthony's depth doesn't often allow for huge individual performances.
Amanda Johansen, North Shore
The attack racked up 27 points in three games last week, including scoring nine goals with two assists in a win over Our Lady of Mercy.
Meg Gulmi, Syosset
The goalie has made 46 saves in four games, has a .670 save percentage, and the Braves haven't allowed more than eight goals in any game.
Emma Schait, Seaford
This one is kind of a retroactive, in that I'm making an exception in mentioning a game that wasn't played last week. But first, last week: Schait had 17 points in three games as the Vikings went 3-0. Go back one more game (to March 23), and she had her first of two nine-goal games in a 19-15 win over Lynbrook.
Taylor Bleistein, Locust Valley
She had six goals and four assists in a win over Island Trees, and in the game before, went for five goals and an assist.
Bairre Reilly, Locust Valley
She had one goal and seven assists in a win over Plainview JFK, showing off the passing skills. And if anyone forgot about her weaves into the crease and the nice shot: six goals and four assists in the next game.
New Hyde Park's duo of Jillian Graziano and Kristen Lynch would've made the list, but the Gladiators played only one game last week. Most of their damage (and the two are now first and second in Long Island in scoring, so there's been quite a bit of damage) came in the previous week. (And I haven't forgotten about the Pink Lady apples. That'll get mentioned somewhere in some context at some time.)
*** A lot of times the Athletes of the Week turns into a “players who scored a lot or made a lot of saves” list. That’s because there are stats for that. But it doesn’t just have to be scorers and goalies being recognized. For any coaches reading this, feel free to shoot us an e-mail if you’ve got a defender whose performance you feel was worthy of nomination. We’re open to all suggestions. You can get me at Stephen.Haynes@newsday.com and Laura at Laura.Albanese@newsday.com. We’re halfway reasonable people. Honest!