By Chris Goldberg
LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 7/4/14
BOYDS, Md. – Kelly George suspected after her Long Island 2017 team’s first practice that it would be successful at the Brine National Lacrosse Classic.
“A bunch of us play on teams together and we jelled together quickly, so after our first practice, we said, ’We can do this,’” she said.
George, an attack from Garden City, had two goals, while Jillian Freeman (St. Anthony’s) and Rebecca Kinsley (Sacred Heart Academy) each added two goals and Katie Kotowski (Cold Spring Harbor) had a goal and four assists as Long Island claimed the first 2017 girls’ title at the Brine NLC Thursday by downing Maryland, 10-5.
Long Island, which went undefeated, scored the game’s first seven goals and was never threatened.
“Everyone knew each other’s strengths and weaknesses and we tried to make our strengths come out,” said George. “This is my third year in this tournament (first three in the Middle School Academy) and I loved it. It’s pretty much a tournament with kids your age and you get lots of looks.”
Katelyn Igneri (Syosset), Kennedy Slater (Sacred Heart Academy) and Mikayla Bergin (Harborfields) each added a goal for Long Island.
Maryland was led by Sarah Elms (Severna Park), who had three goals; Kassidy Bresnahan (South River) and Taylor Dodd (Loch Raven) each scored once.
2017 boys – Maryland and Colorado share title
Maryland and Colorado shared the championship when the looming storm ended the game as the teams had just begun playing the finale.
Maryland advanced to the title game with a tight 9-8 win over New England in the quarterfinals and a 7-4 triumph over New York in the semis. Colorado advanced with a 9-4 victory over Texas and a 12-4 win over Connecticut.