By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/6/14
BOYDS, Md. – Nathalie Sell had no regrets.
Sell and the Pennsylvania girls’ high school team had dropped a 10-6 decision to New Jersey in the semifinals of the Brine National Lacrosse Classic on Thursday at the Maryland SoccerPlex.
But there were no tears shed for a team that won its Pool with a 4-0 record, went 5-2 overall and lost only to the two teams (N.J. and Long Island) that were crowned co-champions.
“A lot of us knew each other from prior (games and tournaments), and we all wanted the same thing,” said Sell, a defensive-midfielder at Perkiomen Valley who has committed to Millersville. “We knew what we had to do; we all worked together as a unit. It’s nice to come in not knowing anyone too well, and becoming a family.”
Pennsylvania rallied from a 4-2 deficit to tie the semifinal game with New Jersey, 4-4, at halftime. But after New Jersey took a 6-5 lead, it scored four of the final goals of the game to earn the ticket to the finals vs. Long Island. That game was called after eight minutes due to the pending storm.
Sell was the lone PA girls to be named to the 2015-16 All-Star Game held the previous night.
“It was good, and very intense,” said Sell. “It was different, you are used to playing a certain way and for this you had to up it.”
Sell said her PA teammates all got along. She enjoyed the format of the Brine NLC, which allows players from each region to mesh quickly.
“The coaches really helped us and made us feel really comfortable,” Sell said. “They helped us figure out our strengths and weaknesses and that helped out.
“I learned you must always be intense and always love the people around you. You have to make a connection with people around you.
“Lacrosse is a team sport and this made me appreciate that even more. It was a really nice way of putting everyone together. I love this team aspect.”
PA coach Brooke Watson (Germantown Academy assistant) said her team met all expectations.
“This was a ground-ball, hustling team and they never gave up,” she said. “They developed amazing chemistry and developed it so quickly.
‘They were supportive and hung out with each other. They had each other’s backs on groundballs and I told them if they keep that up they will go far in this tournament – and they did.”
BRINE NLC PA HIGH SCHOOL 2015-2016 TEAM MEMBERS
Name Pos Year School Hometown St
Neely Regan M 2015 Shaler Area Glenshaw PA
Madison Aslansan A 2015 Springside Chestnut Hill Academy Philadelphia PA
Carson Adelberger M 2015 Sun Valley Aston PA
Ryann Bauer M 2016 West Chester Henderson West Chester PA
Brianna Cirino M 2016 Spring-Ford Royersford PA
Nathalie Sell D 2015 Perkiomen Valley Perkiomenville PA
Maryn Bernhardt M 2016 Manheim Township Lititz PA
Caroline Roncalli G 2016 Agnes Irwin Bryn Mawr PA
Devon Scharf G 2015 Lower Merion Merion Station PA
Katie Heisman A 2016 Henderson West Chester PA
Katherine Connelly M 2015 Spring-Ford Royersford PA
Megan Donohue D 2016 Manheim Township Lititz PA
Bridget O’Donnell M 2015 Saucon Valley Bethlehem PA
Elizabeth Petrosky A 2016 Manheim Township Lititz PA
Abigail Goldstein A 2015 Lower Merion Wynnewood PA
Holly Hager M 2015 West Chester East West Chester PA
Kendall Loviscky M 2015 State College Area State College PA
Carolyn Mann A 2016 Manheim Township Lancaster PA
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