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Bria Hartley is happy to be on the lacrosse field...for now

North Babylon's Bria Hartley finished with 19 points,

North Babylon's Bria Hartley finished with 19 points, five assists and five steals in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-America Game. (Mar. 1, 2010) Photo Credit: John Dunn

North Babylon's Bria Hartley could have been in San Antonio last night to see her future UConn teammates win their second straight NCAA title. But she opted for a more local, yet far more appetizing, location.

"I'm thinking of going to Buffalo Wild Wings," Hartley said when asked where she'd watch the Huskies after her North Babylon girls lacrosse team dropped a 21-9 decision at Northport yesterday afternoon.

Hartley (pictured playing hoops) was in San Antonio on Saturday for the WBCA High School All America Game, in which she scored 19 points for the Red Team in a 101-81 victory over the White Team. But she had already missed one lacrosse game, March 31 against Bellport, when she was playing in the McDonald's All America Game, and she wasn't about to miss another.

Most people wouldn't bother shuttling around America to play a secondary sport. Hartley, who leads North Babylon with 10 goals and five assists in just three games, does.

"I could've stayed [in San Antonio], but I knew we were playing a tough game," Hartley said. "And I enjoy playing lacrosse."

College lacrosse scouts have said Hartley, who led North Babylon with four goals and two assists yesterday, could have her pick of the litter if she opted to play lacrosse at the next level. Yet she's quite content to join Geno Auriemma and company in Storrs next year to be a part of women's basketball history.

"I was just talking about it with some friends that in three months I'm going to be in college," Hartley said. "I'm not going to be watching them on T.V., I'm going to be there playing with them."

And maybe the next wave of recruits will be at the local Buffalo Wild Wings checking out her game.

 

*To see Hartley in action on the lacrosse field against Northport, click here.

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