A powerful offense and stingy defense helped the Huntington High School junior varsity girls’ lacrosse team compile a 13-1-1 mark this spring. The Blue Devils outscored their opponents, 184-61.
Led by first year head coach Vincent Tannazzo and rookie assistant coach Emma Hayes-Hurley, the team received contributions from all 16 players.
“We competed in every game with hardly any substitutes, if any at all,” Tannazzo said. “Due to weather, we had several games that were back to back and these girls showed up every day and played their hearts out.”
Eighth grade midfields Jordan Forte (53 goals, 19 assists, 49 draw controls) and Charlotte Maggio (36 goals, nine assists, 55 draw controls) paced the Blue Devils.
“Jordan is a hardworking, non-stop aggressive player,” Tannazzo said. “She’s all over the field providing high scoring and strong defense. She is a complete player and a pleasure to coach.”
Maggio dominated draw controls throughout the spring. “Charlotte can take control of a game by jumpstarting the offense,” Tannazzo said. “She is a gamer.”
Freshman midfield Lena Annunziata (14 goals, 10 assists, 35 draw controls) was another standout for Huntington. “She has a laser of a shot,” said Tannazzo about the Blue Devils’ co-captain. “Lena leads the team by example and is a calm presence on and off the field.”
Eighth grader Alexa Amorison (21 goals, 17 assists, nine draw controls) and sophomore co-captain Maire Brown (35 goals, 11 assists, two draw controls) paced Huntington’s attack.
“Alexa outworked and outhustled everyone on the field and led the team with 14 ground balls,” Tannazzo said. “Her tenacity and no quit attitude helped propel our offense. She’s an unselfish all-around team player.”
The Blue Devil goalie corps included eighth grader Lisa Martin and freshman Emily Cheshire. “Both Lisa and Emily are very strong goalies who can make the difficult saves,” Tannazzo said. “They also both do a great job clearing the ball.” Cheshire stopped 43 shots while Martin made 42 saves.
Eighth graders Julia Gorecki, Grace Kata and Julia Steinberg, freshmen Brooke Biernacki, Kiara Gelbman, Caroline Hartough and Mia Redick, sophomore Brooke Goldsmith and junior Sarah Levine rounded out the Huntington JV’s high powered roster.
“We were a young team with a lot of talent,” Tannazzo said. “By the end of the season the team was playing its best lacrosse, firing on all cylinders. This team had incredible chemistry, making each victory a team win. We were well balanced on offense, having five players in double digits with goals and assists. We outscored our opponents by a 3-1 ratio due to our strong, lockdown defense and lights-out goalies.”
Huntington claimed victories over Hauppauge (9-8), Lindenhurst (13-1), Walt Whitman (10-2), Smithtown West (11-3), Middle Country (14-1), Copiague (18-1), Bay Shore (14-7), Brentwood (18-2), William Floyd (15-0), Sachem North (7-5), Longwood (13-6), Ward Melville (15-4) and Patchogue-Medford (18-3). The Blue Devils suffered their only loss to Riverhead, 11-2. The team tied Farmingdale, 7-7.
“The Sachem North game was a great one for us,” Tannazzo said. “We sat and watched the varsity team battle it out down to the wire before losing 10-9. We started our game late and found ourselves down by three goals midway through the first half. We found back with three quick goals to tie it going into halftime. In the second half we kept grinding, exchanging a couple of goals to finally prevail, 7-5. Our goalies came up big with some monster saves. It was a true team win.”
Every JV is fluid and it is impossible to predict what the squad will look like in 2018. “Many of our highly skilled players will move up to varsity next year,” Tannazzo said. “There are several girls from the middle school team that will fill out our roster. We will continue to develop the talent on this competitive level and work on the skills necessary for their varsity experience. We should be tough to beat again. I’m looking forward to next year.”