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L.I. girls rolling at Empire State Games

Long Islands Mikaela Rix finds herself on the

Long Islands Mikaela Rix finds herself on the sidelines as they pull ahead of Central during their game at the 2010 Empire State Games in Buffalo N.Y. (July 23, 2010) Credit: Pat Orr

**UPDATE**: The Long Island girls completed their mission by earning the gold medal in a 17-7 win over Western on Sunday. Courtney Fortunato and Shannon Gilroy, teammates at Northport, led the team with five goals apiece, while Erin Collins (St. John the Baptist) and Kelly McPartland (Farmingdale) each added two. Chelsey Sidaras (Floyd) and Kelly Weis (Garden City) each made five saves. Below are the updated stats for all six games of the tournament, in which the girls outscored their opponents 85-25.


Long Island swept all three classifications of the NYSPHSAA girls lacrosse championships in Cortland last month for the second straight year, so it's not surprising that Long Island's Scholastic girls team is dominating the competition at the Empire State Games.

The team, which is guided by Northport coach Carol Rose and is the three-time defending champion of the event, is a perfect 5-0 going into the gold medal game against the Western Region at noon tomorrow at Niagara University.

On Friday morning, Long Island beat Western 14-5 just before their toughest game of the weekend, a 5-2 win over the Hudson Valley. Mikaela Rix (pictured) led L.I. with three goals in the second game of the doubleheader.

Yesterday, they earned a 17-5 win over the Adirondack Region and a 21-6 victory over the Central Region, and today, they scored all 11 of their goals in a shutout win over New York City. They've outscored their opponents 68-18.

For more on the team from our own Bob Herzog, who's covering the weekend's events in the Buffalo area, click here and here

Four of the girls on the team were first-team All Long Island selections and another five were on the second team (keep in mind, just-graduated seniors do not participate in the event).

Our Long Island player of the year, Shannon Gilroy of Northport, has scored 10 goals, and Nassau player of the year Caroline Tarzian of Garden City has added three. 

Yet it is their teammates who have stole the show. Courtney Fortunato, a rising sophomore from Northport (who is the youngest player on the team), has scored 11 times, and Rix of the five-time defending state Class B champion Trojans, leads the team with 13 goals.

Rix was first-team All Long Island, and Fortunato was on the second team

Fortunato has had a busy couple of weeks, as just last weekend she led her Under-15 team to a national championship in Disney World.

Here is the complete team roster with stats from all five games:

Bruno, Alexandra Garden City Long Island  6G, 1A Attack/Midfield  
Collins, Erin St. John the Baptist Long Island  3G Attack/Midfield  
Fleishhacker, Kerri Manhasset Long Island  8G Attack  
Fortunato, Cortney Northport Long Island  16G Attack  
Gargan, Caitlin Rocky Point Long Island  2G Midfield  
Generi, Loren Bayport-Blue Point Long Island  2G Attack  
Gilroy, Shannon Northport Long Island  15G Midfield  
Janelli, Lauren North Shore Long Island   Defense  
Marinelli, Megan Northport Long Island   Defense  
Maurer, Kerrin St. Anthony's Long Island  5G, 2A Attack/Midfield  
McGowan, Casey West Islip Long Island  1G Defense  
McPartland, Kelly Farmingdale Long Island  4G Midfield  
Nelson, Jessica Northport Long Island  1G Midfield/Defense  
Ranftle, Taylor Hauppauge Long Island  4G Attack  
Rix, Mikaela Garden City Long Island  13G Midfield  
Sidaras, Chelsey Floyd Long Island  23 saves Goalie  
Sullivan, Barbara Garden City Long Island  1G Defense  
Tarzian, Caroline Garden City Long Island  4G Attack  
Weis, Kelly Garden City Long Island 14 saves Goalie  
Williams, Octavia Floyd Long Island



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