By Chris Goldberg
LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 7/2/14
BOYDS, Md. – She is only a 2017 player, but Long Island’s Katie Kotowski has been competing in the Brine National Lacrosse Classic for four years.
Today Kotowski was recognized as the MVP of the inaugural Girls’ 2017 Division All-Star Game Wednesday at the Maryland Soccerplex. Kotwowski, a starter this spring on Cold Spring Harbor’s Class C NY state runner-up team, had a goal and two assists for the White All-Stars in an 8-8 tie with the Red All-Stars.
Kotwoski’s father, Dave Kotowski, has been a Long Island coach at the Brine NLC the past three years, so she has much appreciation for a national tourney that drew 1,900 athletes this year.
“It’s such an exciting experience and so great that they do this,” said Kotowski, who played three years in the NLC Middle School Academy. “It’s my fourth year so it’s great to have that confidence coming in.”
Kotowski said it was a thrill to compete in the All-Star Game.
“It was so much fun – we don’t know each other but we do from different tournaments and Elite 120,” she said. “So it’s cool to interact with girls from other teams and to find out where they are from.
“It’s great to play with girls at the same level.”
Kotowski enjoys learning new skills from coaches with vast experiences. All Middle School Academy teams are coached by college coaches and the 2017 and high school teams have hand-picked coaches often with much high school experience.
“It’s really cool to experience different coaching staffs and use their past experiences,” Kotowski said. “My coach (for Long Island 2017) is Darby Berry, who played at Northwestern.
“It’s cool to have that top level lacrosse coach telling you all these things. And it’s great to see how far the (Brine NLC) program has come.”
Taylor Dodd (MD, Loch Raven) 3g
Olivia Muscella (PA, Great Valley) 2g
Kaitie Kotowski (LI, Cold Spring Harbor) 1g, 2a
Caitlin Ohnmacht (MD, Marriotts Ridge) 1g
Madison Costello (Garden State, Indian Hills-NJ) 1g
Kate Bradford (New England, Bishop Guertin-NH) 1a
Claire Applebee (PA, Henderson) 1a
Caitlin Keefe (New England, Williston-Northampton-MA) 1g
Bethany Hofmann (PA, Great Valley) 1g
Katelyn Igneri (LI, Syosset) 1g
Jade Torres (Syracuse, Calverton School-MD) 1g
Nicole Concannon (LI, Syosset) 1g
Alaina Burgess (NE, Governors Academy-MA) 1g, 1a
Amanda Fennell (VA, Riverbend) 1g
Jillian Girardi (Syracuse, Watertown) 1g
Karoline Nease (VA, DS Freeman) 2a
Michelle Armstrong (MD, Reservoir) 1a
Michelle Slater (LI, Sacred Heart Academy) 1a