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Class of 2019 roundup from the @STEPSLacrosse Nike @Elite_120: LI girls dominate

Tuesday, 19th January 2016

Categories Girl's/Women's, High school, Recruiting  
 

By Chris Goldberg
LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 1/19/16

RANDOLPH, N.J. – Jaime Biskup said it was easy to blend with her teammates Saturday and Sunday in the Nike Elite 120 at The Indoor Sports Pavilion.

2019 champion Knights

2019 champion Knights

“We got very lucky that we meshed so well,” said Biskup, a 2019 attack from Eastport-South Manor (N.Y.) and the LI Yellowjackets, whose team, the Knights, won the team competition. “We had a great coach (Kate Gentry), and all the girls were very unselfish and great players which made it fun to be around them and play with them.

“It was great having two of my YJ friends (Olivia Carner and Claire Morris) there and having Claire in the cage is always awesome. I think our reason for success was that we wanted to win so bad and it wasn’t about only a couple of girls going to goal all the time; it was playing as a team and winning as a team.”

The Knights defeated the Gators, 7-5, in the title game. “We all felt like we have been playing together forever which makes it easy to feel comfortable and know that you can count on each other,” said Biskup. “It seemed like after every game we just got better and closer as a team.”

The Nike Elite 120 featured all uncommitted players; 120 in each class. Eighty college coaches attended the event, which also featured testing in four skills by Parisi Speed School (top finishers are listed below).

Biskup – who had the fastest shot in the 2019 division with a blast of 67 MPH – also answered these questions:

What goals did you have coming in and did you accomplish them?
Biskup:
“I think my goals were to do my best and really show my skills and also have fun. I also wanted to become a player that the team is able to rely on in certain situations – which I’m pretty confident I accomplished. That was was awesome. One of my goals for the testing was not only to run my fastest but also to prove that I have a very fast shot, which I did and it felt awesome.”

How did you do in the Parisi testing and did you enjoy it?

Knights LI Yellowjackets included (from left) Jaime Biskuo, Claire Mortris, Olivia Carner

Knights LI Yellowjackets included (from left) Jaime Biskuo, Claire Morris, Olivia Carner


Biskup:
“Overall I feel like I did well in the testing. I did enjoy it actually a lot because it was fun to test myself and see what I was capable of.”

What did you learn from the event that will help you in the coming season?
Biskup:
“Coach Gentry coached us to step up on defense and really pressure the ball to cause turnovers. I think this really helped us go undefeated and win the championship. As an attacker it showed me the importance of pressuring the ball on rides to cause turnovers is just as important as an assist or scoring. It was great to be able to learn from her and I think it will help me in my upcoming season.”

Other interviews from members of the Knights:

Olivia Carner, Northport, NY/LI Yellowjackets, 1st in 300-yard dash at 50; 5th in 40-yard dash at 5.31

What goals did you have coming in and did you accomplish them?
Carner:
“Coming into this event, my goals were to just play my hardest and make some great new friends.”

How did you team mesh so well and what was the reason for the team’s success?
Carner:
“We lucked out having two of my Yellow Jackets teammates, Jamie Biskup and Claire Morris on the team. Our team just clicked together right from the beginning and this bond with all 15 girls led to easy success because we all wanted to work together and win together as a team. We all supported each other and that was the main reason the team did so well.”

How did you do in the Parisi testing and did you enjoy it?
Carner:
“I think I did well in the Parisi events. I was definitely nervous at first going in, but once I was there and saw that everyone felt the same way, I started just enjoying being there with my friends.”

What did you learn from the event that will help you in the coming season?
Carner:
“Coach Gentry was a great coach and really motivated us to play together as a team. We all learned a lot about competing hard but keeping it fun. I learned that if you just give it your all and try your best, things will come out well in the long run.

Isabelle Rohr, 2019 Midfield, Episcopal Academy, PA/Phantastix, 40-yard dash division co-champion, 5.2; second in the 300 at 50.50

Isabelle Rohr, who helped lead the Knights to the 2019 title at the Elite 120, is joined by coach Kait Gentry

Isabelle Rohr, who helped lead the Knights to the 2019 title at the Elite 120, is joined by coach Kait Gentry

What goals did you have coming in and did you accomplish them?
Rohr:
“My goal was to play against the best and see how I did under pressure. I didn’t know anyone and it was nerve wracking at first, but we played as a team from first game and that was a big accomplishment.”

How did you team mesh so well (I know you had some YJ teammates) and what was the reason for the team’s success?
Rohr:
“Coach Gentry got us together after our first meeting. Usually at a showcase everyone wants to go 1-on-1 and show the college coaches what they have, but we played like a team and that worked for us.”

How did you do in the Parisi testing and did you enjoy it?
Rohr:
“My times really surprised me. I didn’t think I was that fast. Playing middie, that will help in transition. I have keep doing more agility practice.”

What did you learn from the event that will help you in the coming season?
Rohr:
“I learned a lot of stickwork skills because the girls on my team had really good stickwork. This was definitely the best showcase I have been to. The level of play was insane and it was definitely great playing with such different styles. I also learned how to play well with people I don’t know. It definitely makes you want to work harder. Winning makes it even better!”

Top 2019 finishers in Parisi Speed Testing

Fastest Shot:
Jaime Biskup, Kngihts, Eastport-South Manor, NY/LI Yellowjackets, 67 MPH
Kasey Choma, Tigers, Eastport-South Manor, NY/LI Yellowjackets, 65 MPH
Kira Accettella, Connetquot/St. Anthony’s, NY/LI Top Guns, 65 MPH

40-yard dash
Isabelle Rohr, Knights, Episcopal Academy/PA/Phantastix, and Christy Sieber, Tigers, Oak Knoll Summit, NJ/STEPS, 5.20

300-yard dash
Olivia Carner, Knights, Northport, NY/LI Yellowjackets, 50,00
Isabelle Rohr, Knights, Episcopal Academy/PA/Phantastix, 50.50

5-10-5 shuttle
Charlotte Verhulst, Gators, St. Anthony’s, NY/LI Yellowjackets, 4.09
Sara Tyssowski, Tigers, Westminster, MD/Rebels, 4.34

2019 champions

Knights: Coach Kait Gentry – TLC
4 Courtney Baehr / Heros Defense
5 Lauren Baehr / Rebels Black 2019 Defense
10 Jaime Biskup / Yellow Jackets Midfield
16 Caroline Burnett / Capital Defense
18 Olivia Carner / Yellow Jackets Carro 2019 Midfield
19 Katia Carnevale / STEPS Attack
22 Christina Cavallo / Capital Blue Attack
34 Riley Evans / Heros Midfield
47 Mary Griffin / M&D 2019 Black Midfield
53 Meg Hillman / T3 Lacrosse North 2019 Black Attack
78 Claire Morris / LI Yellow Jackets Goalie
85 Ashley Nutt / South Jersey Select Midfield
88 Kendall Patten / Sound Lacrosse Midfield
95 Isabelle Rohr / Phantastix Midfield
96 Rachel Saunders / Skywalkers Defense

Runnerup
Gators: Coach Gianna D’Urso – STEPS
0 Kira Accettella / Top Guns Of Long Island Midfield
21 Danielle Carson / Long Island Yellow Jackets Defense
26 Riley Corvin / Eagle Stix 2019 Blue Attack
46 Julia Greene / Mass Elite Defense
49 Paige Gunning / Maryland United Goalie
57 Taiana Jankowski / T3 North 2019 Black Attack
65 Libby May / Skywalkers Attack
71 Kelly Mcintyre / STEPS Elite 2019 Blue Midfield
76 Caroline Miller / Orange Crush Midfield
79 Peyton Mottice / PA Express Attack
81 Sloane Murphy / Team 180 Midfield
84 Emily Nalls / Hero’s 2019 Green Defense
86 Virginia Oursler / 2019 TLC-Red Midfield
111 Katherine “Kate” Tully / STEPSElite New Jersey Defense
113 Charlotte Verhulst / Long Island Elite Yellow Jackets Midfield


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