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Girls lacrosse:John Jay opens season on Monday

Posted Monday, April 02, 2012 by Lewisboro Ledger

With three of the team’s top five scorers having graduated, along with four defenders and the starting goalie, the John Jay girls lacrosse team would supposedly be facing a rebuilding season.

That’s not the case, however. The Indians still return 12 players from last year’s 9-8 squad, and have experience at every position.

“We’re really looking forward to the season. Everybody’s worked so hard so far,” said first-year head coach Christina Smith, whose team opens on Monday at home (4:30) against Lakeland/Panas.

“If we continue to work hard, it’s going to be a great year.”

Smith, a Somers graduate who played Division 1 lacrosse at Binghamton University, takes over the coaching duties from Gail Lozado.

The team she inherits is strongest in the midfield, which suffered the least from graduation.

Leading the way is senior Lauren Murray, a four-year starter and two-time All-Section pick. Murray, who scored 45 goals last season, is already ninth on John Jay’s all-time scoring list with 111 career goals.

Murray will take her talents to the Division 1 level next year, at Northwestern — winner of six of the last seven NCAA championships.

Also back in the midfield is senior Kelsey Davey, another four-year starter who earned All-Section honorable mention last season. A defensive standout, she also scored 27 goals.

Davey is also a Division 1 recruit, and will play at the University of Southern California next year.

Also back in the midfield are juniors Molly O’Reilly (four goals, four assists) and Delaney Spencer.

The attack line faces the biggest overhaul. Not only did the Indians graduate four-time All-Section pick Casey Bocklet, the school’s all-time scoring leader who had 62 goals and 51 assists last year, but two other key scorers in All-Section pick Darragh Evarts (32 goals) and Mallory Grimm (27 goals).

Junior Sarah Lang (25 goals, 10 assists), a three-year varsity player gives the Indians a proven scoring up front, and John Jay’s attack will also feature three other returning players in senior Jenna Yasgur, junior Kiley Gorman and sophomore Hanna Bocklet.

Newcomers on the offensive end are sophomore Athena Manzino and freshmen Jilli Schell, Amanda Flayhan and Emma Gorman.

Defensively, John Jay graduated four players in Katie Flynn, Lauren Filauro, Brie Whalen and Kelsey Beatty, but return one starter in senior Emily Foster and two other varsity players in senior Renee Nouri and junior Hannah Wear.

Newcomers to the defense are junior Liz Sheeran and sophomores Cara Stafford, Mary McAvey and Aileen Zumma.

The Indians graduated starting goalie Veronica Brady, but do return senior Clare Hogan, who split time in goal with Brady last year. Coach Smith expects a big season from Hogan.

“Clare Hogan is going to be a big asset to our defense,” said Smith, who also has junior Natalie Reddy in goal.

The Indians again face a difficult schedule, but Smith is looking forward to the season and is happy to be where she is.

“I’m very lucky to have the opportunity to work with these talented girls,” she said. “I think we have a lot of potential.”

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