Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/5/18
Crooked Crosse (Upper Dublin) Lacrosse Club claimed the Philadelphia Area Girls Lacrosse Association Play Day (5th/6th Grade, Schuylkill Division) Tournament Championship at the United Sports Training Center in Downingtown on June 2nd-3rd, with a 5-4 come from behind win over a tenacious West Chester Green team.
The victory caps off a standout spring season for Crooked Crosse with an overall record of 15-5-1 over three tournaments and regular season play. “We are extremely proud of the team,” said Coach Nancy Darcy. “Add to that the fact that some of the games and tournaments this season were played with only 11 or 12 field players, and two goalies, under challenging temperatures, and the success of this team is remarkable.”
Coach Steve Herold shared, “This is a special group of young women who not only possess very good lacrosse I.Q. and stick skills, but who understand how to play the team game, rather than play as a group of individuals.”
Coach Jay Foster agreed, “Each of the girls played a critical role in the team’s success – they had to – some games we played with only 1 or even no subs! It’s been a truly rewarding experience coaching this unique group of student-athletes who share our love for the game. Nancy, Steve and I are proud of how the players embraced our staff’s heavy emphasis on playing the game with a high level of I.Q. by mastering the fundamentals and two-handed stickwork. It was a ton of fun to watch each player’s game evolve as they fully-embraced taking responsibility and accountability for playing with the correct hand for the situation, and realizing the dual-threat advantages of how the field opens up with two-handed play. Why limit your game to playing only half the field?”
Crooked Crosse Champions 1st Row (L to R): Greta Chaballa, Madison McManus, Brooke Reardon, Maya Giammurati, Jamie O’Donnell. 2nd Row: Cate Luviano, Erin Darcy, Kaitlin Pokorny, Aditi Foster, Tiffany Chung, Ella Lyon, Paige Dinkel, Allyson Stenstrom, Audrey Kukla. 3rd Row: Coach Jay Foster, Coach Steve Herold, Coach Nancy Darcy. (Players not pictured: Haley Lewinski, Emily Kulak, Anna DiMartile, Ava Brennan and Coach Tommy Evans.)