Amanda Rooney, Rosie DiMartino and Krystina Iordanou may have taken different roads but all three are on their way to big-time women's soccer programs, making their announcements Wednesday during national signing day.
"Amanda Rooney is one of the top center-midfielders in the country," said Long Island Fury coach Mike Demakis. "She's an accomplished player who has international experience. She has the ability to create scoring opportunities not only for herself but also for her teammates. She is the ideal two-way midfield player, the general on the field who can control the pace of the game."
"She comes from a family with a great work ethic," Massapequa soccer coach Bruce Stegner said. "She's a wonderful kid and everyone loves her. She's a great teammate and she follows two of her sisters who also played at Boston College."
DiMartino, a forward, who also plays elite soccer with Rooney on the Fury, set the scoring record at Massapequa with 67 career goals. Stegner credited her father Dan, a New York City fireman, with her impeccable skills and training regimen.
"He did it right working with his girls," Stegner said. "All of his girls were outstanding as was his one son. And this is the last one for us -- so we close the book on a great family of athletes."
Iordanou, a midfielder, also played at the highest amateur level with the Fury but she left her mark at Friends Academy, where she led the Quakers to the school's first state title. Iordanou signed her national letter to play at Vanderbilt. Her athleticism and versatility were the keys to a historic season at Friends.
Iordanou scored two goals in each of the Long Island championship and regional finals.
Also headed for North Carolina is St. Anthony's Maggie Bill, who expects to play soccer and lacrosse there. Bill scored 10 goals and added nine assists, including a goal and two assists in the state championship to give the Friars a second straight soccer title.
The top signings in softball were in Seaford and Bay Shore. Righthanded pitcher / third baseman Lindsay Montemarano, who verbally committed to UCLA, suffered a back injury and missed her entire junior season, thus losing the chance to play for the Bruins. But nonetheless, the resilient All-Long Island selection came out on top when she signed to play for Michigan.
Montemarano had a 9-1 record and hit .592 with five home runs and 37 RBIs as a sophomore to lead Seaford to the Long Island Class A championship.
Bay Shore catcher Courtney Syrett, a two-time All-Long Island selection, signed to play for Ole Miss. Syrett led Bay Shore to an undefeated regular season and finished with a .553 average with six home runs and 30 RBIs.
It was a special day for so many athletes across the Long Island landscape.
With Mike Gavin