By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/1/15
MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – Pennsylvania was among five girls’ teams that won both their games Tuesday in the first day of action at the Brine National Lacrosse Classic at the River City Sportsplex.
Pennsylvania Virginia, 12-10, and Ohio, 12-7, to take the first-day lead in Pool A with New York (both 2-0). Other 2-0 teams included New England and Long Island (Pool B) and New Jersey (Pool C).
Linnea Hughes, a 2016 attack from Great Valley who had five goals in Pennsylvania’s win over Ohio, said her club jelled quickly.
“There are a few groups of girls who come from the same school, and I think as a whole our team works really well together and that we have really good chemistry,” said Hughes. “We have so much talent on our team and I think we caused a lot of turnovers to bring the ball back on the attacking end. That was huge for us.”
Pennsylvania plays Colorado today at 8 a.m. and then faces New York at 1 p.m.
“I definitely think we can get the title and that’s my goal for our team,” said Hughes. “There is no doubt we have the talent. For our team to be successful I think we need to learn from every game we play and be able to fix any miscommunications or mistakes from the previous game.”
New Jersey looked strong in its victories, 14-1 over Minnesota and 10-6 over Georgia. Stefani Peluso (Immaculata, 2017 ATT) had four goals and Abigail O’Neill (Rancocas Valley, 2017 ATT) added three in the win over Minnesota and
Megan Sullivan (Bishop Sullivan Cathplic, VA, 2016 ATT) had three in the victory over Georgia.
New York toppled Colorado, 14-5, and Ohio, 17-7. McKenna Rushford (Amherst Central, 2016 MF) had three goals for New York in the win over Ohio and Caroline Cullinan (Pittsford, 2017 MF) had three in the victory over Colorado.
Long Island had a 10-6 win over Maryland as Samantha Ottimo (St. Anthony’s, 2017 MF) tallied three goals. LI also downed Florida, 12-4, as Kiara Burke (Bellport, 2016 ATT) scored three.
New England won its games over Florida, 11-6, and Illinois, 15-4. In the win over Florida, Sloane Sweitzer (Lyme/Old Lyme, 2016 ATT), Kristina Cartwright (Buckingham, Browne and Nichols, 2016 ATT) and Jessica Lasaponara (John Jay East, 2016 ATT) each had two goals.