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Girls who run this world: Suffolk girls lacrosse players of the week
Of the 45 teams in Suffolk, only 16 are still playing today. Yeah…it’s the playoffs, and it’s going to be a dogfight all the way up to Cortland. But enough about that stuff. We’re kicking off this Girls Who Run This World with a hat-tip to all the girls who busted their butts all season but don't get to play another day.
And who better to start with than…
Courtney Murphy, Floyd – The girl deserves props, ok? Floyd (5-11) hasn’t had the easiest of seasons, but Murphy, headed to Stony Brook, never put on the brakes. So of course she saved the best for last. In the final game of her varsity career, Murphy exploded for a career-high 14 points against Riverhead – nine goals, five assists. You wanna know what else that means? Murphy finished the season with 82 goals. That’s tops in Suffolk. And, if you don’t count Lu-Hi super-stud Nicole Sinacori (who plays against a number of non-LI teams), it’s tops on Long Island.
Btdubs…she’s had a hand in 98 of Floyd’s 159 goals. Whoa.
Rachel Ramirez, Lindenrhust – Also a senior, also a big-time player. Ramirez had 11 saves against North Babylon and held the Bulldogs to one goal in the second half. And since I’m on a ‘season-perspective’ track: Ramirez was the only goalie to record a save for Lindenhurst, and finished with 141 stops.
Mackenzie Reh, Patchogue-Medford – The sophomore had a career-high seven goals, with one assist in a 15-11 win over Connetquot.
Ashley Stoessel, Smithtown East – Made 12 saves against Whitman in an 11-8 win.
Rebecca Plunket, Kings Park – She had six goals and one assist in a 15-8 win over Bellport.
…and while we’re at it, let’s give extra shoutouts to Narly Simon (Copiague), Ana Campos and Nina Soto (Brentwood), Sarah and Paige Volkmann (Center Moriches), and Haley Wood and Nikki Nolan (Hampton Bays). Their teams don’t tend to make it into the highlights, but I’ve definitely noticed strong games from all these girls this season.
But wait, you say, didn’t some post-season favorites have spectacular performances as well? Yes, yes they did. Here’s Girls Who Run This World, Part II…
Cortney Fortunato, Northport – Girl went nuts on Hauppauge. Fortunato did her All-American thang and scored eight goals (!) with four assists in the Tigers 18-11 playoff win.
Cara Douglas, West Islip – Douglas scored off the draw with 38 second left to defeat West Babylon in the regular season and finished with four goals and one assist.
Nicole Levy, East Islip – Levy scored six goals, including the winner off an assist from Elizabeth Vetter, with 1:20 left against Northport. The Redmen finished the game with three unanswered goals to complete the comeback.
Samantha Apuzzo, West Babylon – Scored six goals in the first round Class A playoff win against Whitman.
Morgan Jaycox, St. John the Baptist - She scored six goals with four assists against Holy Trinity and added five goals and one assist against Our Lady of Mercy.