Meet the athletes who made it onto Newsday's All-Long Island girls lacrosse team for the 2015 spring season.
LI PLAYER OF THE YEAR: NIKKI ORTEGA, Middle Country, M, Sr.
There are two ways to measure the imprint Nikki Ortega has left as Middle Country's starting midfielder since she was in the seventh grade in 2010.
The first is through the history books. With her 128 points this season (64 goals, 64 assists), which led Long Island public school players, the Centereach star finished her career with 556 points, third all-time in New York State according to the NYSPHSAA. After leading Long Island in assists this year, Ortega, who is committed to Notre Dame, totaled 232 for her career, good for fifth all-time in New York.
"I wanted to do well stats-wise, but I also wanted to take my team to the county championship. That was my priority," said Ortega, a member of Team USA's Under-19 squad.
The second is by tracking Middle Country's progression during Ortega's tenure. The team improved its record each season since she arrived, including an 18-1 log this season and runner-up finish in the county.
"I had to step up as a leader very early on in my varsity career, so I got a head start learning how to encourage my teammates when times were difficult," Ortega said. "I knew they looked to me for guidance, and I wasn't about to let them down."
NASSAU PLAYER OF THE YEAR: LINDSEY RONBECK, Manhasset, A. Sr.
One of the most feared scorers on Long Island didn't develop that way overnight.
Ronbeck's yearly progression as an offensive threat reached a new level this season when she exploded for 77 goals to lead Nassau Conference I.
"If I ever felt that I had an off day at practice or an off game, I'd always go to my school and just shoot around and work on the things that I wasn't doing well," said Ronbeck, a member of Team USA's Under-19 team. "Then, [I] make sure I'm giving my all during all 50 minutes of each game."
Ronbeck is committed to Florida.
KRISTEN ADAMS, Garden City, M-D, Sr.
Adams' sparkling defense was on display all season. The UPenn commit stuffed the stat sheet with 43 caused turnovers, 34 groundballs, 23 draw controls, 12 interceptions and 8 blocked passes.
ERIN BARRY, Manhasset, M, Jr.
Exceptional speed provided Barry an ability to create space offensively and handle tough single-coverage assignments on defense. Barry, who is verbally committed to UPenn, had 39 goals and 14 assists this season.
VANESSA COSTANTINO, West Islip, M, Jr.
Costantino had 45 goals and 38 assists this season, but that represents only a shadow of her impact. A scrappy and intense playmaker, Costantino, who is verbally committed to Syracuse, led by example during West Islip's run to its first state title.
SAMANTHA GIACOLONE, Eastport-South Manor, G, Sr.
Giacolone's 182 saves this season paved the way for Eastport-South Manor's first state championship. A member of Team USA's Under-19 squad and committed to Notre Dame, Giacolone was described by coach Becky Thorn as the team's "heartbeat."
NICOLE LEVY, East Islip, A, Sr.
Levy powered East Islip all season, leading Long Island in points (126) and goals (101) after the end of the regular season. The Syracuse-bound attacker, a starter on varsity since the eighth grade, scored a career-high 12 goals in a win against East Hampton on April 8.
ASHLEY LYNCH, Cold Spring Harbor, A, Jr.
Verbally committed to Louisville, Lynch tallied 50 goals and 26 assists this season. Her explosive ability on offense was showcased in the Nassau semifinal and title games, when she scored a combined eight goals.
KERRIGAN MILLER, Bayport-Blue Point, M, Jr.
Miller was a force on both ends for Bayport-Blue Point this season -- 51 goals, 29 assists, 55 draw controls, 49 groundballs, 16 caused turnovers, 12 interceptions and 14 block passes. A member of Team USA's Under-19 squad, she is verbally committed to Southern California.
KASEY MITCHELL, Mount Sinai, A, Sr.
Mitchell's nine goals in a span of two games in the state tournament helped Mount Sinai to its second state championship. The Stony Brook commit had 57 goals and 18 assists, and won 141 draw controls. With her in the draw circle, the Mustangs won 74 percent of their opportunities.
SYDNEY PIRRECA, Mount Sinai, M-A, Sr.
Ever the spark plug, Pirreca's 46 goals, 17 assists, 103 groundballs and 27 caused turnovers were a constant source of ignition for the championship-bound Mustangs. Pirreca, who is committed to Florida, scored the Mustangs' first three goals in the state title game, and they never looked back.
CLAIRE QUINN, St. Anthony's, M-D, Sr.
With good speed and aggressiveness, Quinn brought a dynamic athleticism to both sides of the field. Bound for Northwestern, the U.S. Under-19 team member had 27 goals and seven assists for St. Anthony's.
NIKKI SLIWAK, Wantagh, M, Jr.
Wantagh defeated Manhasset and Garden City by a total of four goals en route to the Long Island title game, but it wouldn't have been if not for Sliwak's five goals and one assist during that span. Verbally committed to Maryland, she finished with 65 goals and 24 assists.
SUFFOLK COACH OF THE YEAR: BECKY THORN, ESM
Eastport-South Manor's Becky Thorn was named Suffolk girls lacrosse coach of the year for the spring 2015 season.
NASSAU COACH OF THE YEAR: JACKIE COYNE, Wantagh
Wantagh's Jackie Coyne was named Nassau girls lacrosse coach of the year for the spring 2015 season.
MADELINE BARCIA, Manhasset, D, Sr.
GRACE BESHLIAN, Wantagh, G, Jr.
MICHAELA BRUNO, Garden City, M-A, Jr.
CHARLOTTE CAMPBELL, St. Anthony's, G, Jr.
KAITLYN CERASI, Wantagh, M, Jr.
CHRISSY CORCORAN, Sacred Heart, M, Sr.
KELLEN D'ALLEVA, Manhasset, M-A, Sr.
LAUREN DALY, Shoreham-Wading River, G, Sr.
SAMANTHA DEBELLIS, Cold Spring Harbor, A, Jr.
KERRY DEFLIESE, Garden City, M, Jr.
SAMANTHA GEIERSBACH, West Babylon, M, Jr.
KATIE HOEG, Mattituck/Southold/Greenport, M-A, Jr.
KAELI HUFF, Eastport-South Manor, M, Jr.
SAMANTHA LYNCH, Huntington, M, Sr.
KERI MCCARTHY, Hauppauge, M, Sr. (pictured)
DANIELLE NICOSIA, Manhasset, D, Sr.
TARYN OHLMILLER, Islip, M, Jr.
EMILY PICIULLO, West Islip, A, Jr.