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Girls lacrosse: Indians return potent attack

Posted Thursday, March 31, 2011 by Lewisboro Ledger
With nearly every player back from last year’s 16-2 team, the John Jay girls lacrosse team will be a battle-tested bunch when it opens the season this week.
And the Indians will need to be — their schedule will be one of most challenging ever played by a John Jay team.
The Indians will play in a difficult conference that has them play Mahopac, Lakeland and Yorktown twice each, and also has games against Garden City, Rye, Summit, N.J., and two top Massachusetts teams, Westwood and Framingham.
The goal, said head coach Gail Lozado, is to toughen the team up for the post-season with a steady diet of top teams.
“We want to make sure we’re strong at the end and have great competition that will push us. We really have pushed the envelope a little bit,” said Lozado, whose team opened the season yesterday against Brewster.
“No matter who we’re playing, we’ll be competitive,” she added.
That’s because John Jay has a team that is talented, experienced and deep. Offensively, the Indians should be explosive, with six of the top eight scorers back from a team that averaged more than 17 goals per game.
“I think we have some good talent. We have some speed. Certainly, we have a strong attack,” Lozado said. “It’s good that this year we are a little deeper than we’ve ever been.”
Scoring goals will not be a problem.
Returning All-American Casey Bocklet gives the Indians one of the top players in the country on the attack line. The senior tri-captain, who will play next year at Northwestern, one of the elite Division I college programs in the country, is a four-year starter who will again draw the attention of opposing defenses.
She enters the season having already set the John Jay career record for goals (214). Last year, she set net team records for goals in a season (105) and points in a season (151). She also led the team in assists (46).
Senior Mallory Grimm, also a senior tri-captain, will also power the attack line. A four-year varsity player, she was third on the team in points last year with 62, with 35 goals and 27 assists.
Senior Darragh Evarts, yet another four-year player, will also be on the frontline, after notching 19 goals and 11 assists last year.
Sophomore Sarah Lang rounds out the attack line. Lang saw significant playing time a year ago, finishing the season with 16 goals and nine assists.
Sophomores Molly O’Reilly and Delaney Spencer also will see time on the attack.
In the midfield, the Indians return a pair of three-year players in juniors Lauren Murray and Kelsey Davey, both impact players on both ends of the field.
Murray, who has also committed to play at Northwestern, will play center, after scoring 45 goals last season. Davey, who will continue on the collegiate level at the University of Southern California, had 22 goals and 14 assists.
Sophomore Hannah Wear, who was a key defender last season, and junior Renee Nouri, also figure in the mix in the midfield. Newcomers at midfield included freshman Hanna Bocklet and sophomore Kiley Gorman.
The key losses from last year’s team were Kylee Harris (37 goals, 30 assists) and Katie Deluca (22 goals, 14 assists), both All-Section picks.
The defense will be anchored by a pair of returning starters in senior tri-captain Katie Flynn and senior Lauren Filauro. Last year, Flynn joined Bocklet, Murray and Davey on the All-Section team. Returning junior Emily Foster will start the season at the third defensive spot, and returning seniors Brie Whalen and Kelsey Beatty are pushing hard for playing time, as well.
In goal, the Indians return senior Veronica Brady, last year’ starter. She will be backed up by junior Clare Hogan.
The Indians had one of their best seasons ever last year, going 16-2 and tying state finalist Fox Lane for the Conference 3 League A title. But the end — a heartbreaking 13-11 loss to Yorktown in the Section 1 Class B semifinals — left a bitter taste.
Lozado hopes her team puts that memory to use this year — particularly when it travels to Yorktown on April 6.
“There’s a lot of motivation,” she said. “It’s going to be an interesting season.”

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