By Jaclynkelli Kronemberg
LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 5/21/12
St. Anthony’s claimed its fifth straight New York State Catholic High School girls’ lacrosse championship tonight at Adelphi University, defeating Sacred Heart, 19-12, behind a balanced attack led by Anne Heagerty (four goals, two assists), Darcy Messina (four goals, one assist) and Maggie Bill (four goals).
“It’s an awesome feeling and I couldn’t be any happier right now,” said senior attack Messina, whose Friars finished 16-1. “Sacred Heart is amazing; they always come out strong so they had great momentum at the start of the game.
“After halftime we came around and we just brought it out. Chrissy Schreiber and I were a part of four of the five championships so it is a huge honor and it is amazing to be a part of this program and I can’t wait to leave it behind for the younger girls.”
In the first half there were five ties but St. Anthony’s was able to gain a two-goal lead (9-7) over Sacred Heart (16-4) going into the half. But the Friars came out firing in the second half, taking a five-goal lead off a Messina goal at the 21:48 mark.
Stephanie Paloscio collected three goals and four assists and Alexis Nicolia grabbed three goals and one assist.
“I’m excited and proud of my girls,” said St. Anthony’s head coach Corrine Lomangino. “We were down in the beginning and not really playing our game.
“We saw a lot of shots in the first half and really weren’t able to finish; in the second half we were able to finish on our shots and we took control in the midfield. Sacred Heart is a great team and I’m just really proud of my girls for pulling out a win against them.”
Sacred Heart started the game aggressive taking a 3-1 lead by the 16:07 mark of the first half. Emma Salter grabbed 11 saves. Becky Conto and Maeve Quinn both had three goals and one assist.
The Friars also had defeated Sacred Heart twice in the regular season, 19-5, and 17-10.
“We had a great showing today,” said Sacred Heart head coach Shannon Ledwith. “We fought back and forth with St. Anthony’s today. I still think we are still capable of beating St. Anthony’s and we were just very unfortunate today.”
St. Anthony’s 19, Sacred Heart 12
St. Anthony’s: 9-10-19
Sacred Heart: 7-5-12
St. Anthony’s: Anne Heagerty 4G, 2A, Darcy Messina 4G, 1A, Maggie Bill 4G, Stephanie Paloscio 3G, 4A, Alexis Nicolia 3G, 1A, Kasey Behr 1G
Sacred Heart: Maeve Quinn 3G, 1A, Becky Conto 3G, 1A, Nina Corcoran 2G, 3A, Meghan Breen 2G, 1A, Aileen Carey 1G, Erin Pfail 1G, Maggie Comiskey 1A
Saves: Victoria Holland (SA) 6, Emma Salter (SH) 11