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Women’s lacrosse: Four Long Island girls join Ohio State for 2011-2012

Thursday, 6th October 2011

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Recruiting, Posted 10/6/11
From Press Release

As Ohio State gets settled into fall practice, it does so with 13 newcomers to the roster. Alexis Venechanos, second-year Ohio State head coach, has added two transfers and 11 freshmen to the 2011-12 squad, who opened a challenging fall ball schedule Sunday vs. Louisville and Northwestern.

“We are very proud and excited for these new 13 Newcomers joining Buckeye Nation,” Venechanos said. “We were able to bring in athletes at each position on the field and together they will bring a dynamic element to team.”

The group hails from six states and includes three attackers, five midfielders, three defenders and two goalies. Two players will join their older sisters as current members of the Buckeye program, filling out the roster with three pairs of siblings.

A native of Rockville Centre, N.Y., Jackie Cifarelli played lacrosse under head coach Megan Healy at Southside High School, tallying 101 goals and 83 assists over her four-year career. An attack/midfield player, she earned All-Nassau County and team offensive player of the year honors as a junior and senior and helped lead the team to the conference championship in both 2008 and 2009. Also an accomplished soccer player, Cifarelli lettered four years on the pitch, playing forward for the Nassau County, Long Island and New York state champions who also finished first in the nation in 2007 and 2009.

Kaila Gottlick joins the Scarlet and Gray as a sophomore transfer from Stony Brook where she started in every game as a freshman midfielder and was in the Top 3 in points off 19 goals and seven assists, while also tallying 14 draw controls and eight groundballs. Gottlick originally hails from Madison, Conn., and is a product of Daniel Hand High School and head coach Kevin Sidlecki. She was a First Team All-American, All-SCC and all-state honoree, as well as the MVP of the SCC Championships as a senior in 2010. In her final two seasons at Hand, Gottlick had 48 goals, 27 assists and 24 groundballs.

Jessica Hassett comes to Ohio State from Rocky Point, N.Y. where she played midfield at Rocky Point High School for head coach Dan Spallina. A team captain as a senior and three-time all-county selection, Hassett finished her career with 65 goals and 26 assists. She helped lead the team to two county championships in four years, earning all-tournament honors as freshman in 2008. Hassett also was a letterwinner in soccer, recording 35 goals during her soccer career.

Jennifer Porretto hails from Smithtown N.Y., and Hauppauge High School where she played soccer, basketball and lacrosse. Coached by Abigail Zeltmann, Porretto was the 2011 Suffolk County and Long Island Player of the Year and holds the school records for goals, assists and points after tallying 71 goals and 64 assists for 135 points as a senior. The ninth-ranked player in the nation according to ESPN rise, her assist total was first among all Long Island players, while her points were third. Hauppauge advanced to the county championship game each of Porretto’s final two seasons, winning the final in 2011 and setting up the midfielder/attacker for First Team All-Metro honors. She was a previous all-league and all-county selection earlier in her career, and was a member of the Suffolk County championship soccer team in 2010.


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