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Lynbrook’s Molly Carter is Newsday’s Athlete of the Week

Lacrosse player Molly Carter of Lynbrook High School

Lacrosse player Molly Carter of Lynbrook High School at Newsday on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Molly Carter has been a goal-scoring machine for the Lynbrook lacrosse team and now she is Newsday’s Athlete of the Week.

The junior attack scored 16 goals with seven assists in her last three games and is averaging five goals a game in the Owls’ young season.

Carter scored six goals and with three assists in Lynbrook’s 13-11 victory over Plainedge on March 30, had four goals and two assists in a 15-12 win over Division on Friday and had another six-goal game in a 15-14 loss to South Side on Tuesday.

“She is our go-to girl this year,” Lynbrook coach Vincent Tetro said. “Heading into the season, I expected her to lead the team offensively and take more of a vocal leadership role, and so far she has done just that.”

After 12 seniors graduated, Tetro came into the 2016 season in search for new leadership. Carter, who had 52 goals and 31 assists last season, jumped at the opportunity.

“We have a lot young girls who are all looking to become better and it is my job to help them improve their game,” said Carter, who as a sophomore made a verbal commitment to play at Syracuse.

“I wanted Molly to take on more of a leadership role this year,” Tetro said of his new captain. “Last year she was only a sophomore and we had a senior-heavy team. She really wasn’t the focal point of the offense because we had so many weapons and were able to spread the ball around.”

Carter’s sister, Kacey, is a former captain of the Owls who went on to play at Marist.

“As a sixth grader I would go and watch Kacey’s practices and try to mimic everything she was doing,” Molly said. “I always looked up to her and tried to be like her because she did it the right way. She checks in with me before every game and gives me advice on how to help the team.”

Clearly, it has worked. Molly has 20 goals and nine assists.

“Molly is a fierce competitor but knows how to keep the mood light with a focus,” Tetro said. “She uses her lacrosse knowledge to make her teammates better and teaches others where to be and how to get open. She can really do it all.” — Peter Kersich

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