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Bocklet, John Jay primed for big season

Posted Tuesday, March 29, 2011 by NCNLocal.com

GIRLS' LACROSSE PREVIEW — Last year, the John Jay girls had a terrific lacrosse regular season, finishing 15-1. Then they lost to Yorktown, 13-11, in the Class B sectional semifinals.

It still rankles.

"I don't want to end another season on such a disappointing note," said Casey Bocklet, the senior who is the team's All-American and high-scoring superstar.

"I think we need to be better prepared for the tough post-season games," veteran Coach Gail Lozado said, "so I've scheduled some tough outside games."

Challenging what should be a strong John Jay squad are games with Long Island power Garden City, New Jersey standout Summit High and two Massachusetts playoff squads, Westwood and Framingham.

The Indians should be ready for such competition, having lost only Katie DeLuca and Kylie Harris from last year's starters and with the Northwestern-bound Bocklet back for her final year.

Bocklet, who plans to split her time between midfield and attack, had 57 points as a freshman, 101 points as a sophomore and 105 goals, second in Section 1, as a junior.

"She should have a very big final season," Lozado said. "This is the first time I've had her 100 percent healthy."

"I definitely plan to help more on defense," Bocklet said.

Darragh Everts and Mallory Grimm, a pair of seniors, and improved sophomore Sarah Lang are other potent attacks for the Indians with standout junior Lauren Murray - also headed for the storied Northwestern program - commanding center midfield. Kelsey Davey, a USC-bound junior, and sophomores Hannah Wear and Molly O'Reilly are also in the midfield.

Two seniors, Katie Flynn and Laura Filauro, keep the defense in front of another senior, goalie Veronica Brady, who, the coach said, "has come a long way and improves every year."

"We're going to be strong, we're going to be fast (a hallmark of Lozado's attacking teams)," Lozado said. "We'll be OK."

Far more than OK.

"I think we're pretty set; a nice blend of youth and talent and experienced seniors," Bocklet said.

Incidentally, Bocklet was the only freshman Lozado had put on her varsity in a dozen years of coaching until this season. Now, there is another ninth-grader, also by the name of Bocklet: cousin Hannah Bocklet, a midfielder.

"It was her play, not her last name, that put her on the team," Lozado said.

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