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Philly women on rosters for second season of Athletes Unlimited; Read (Eastern Regional) leads her Team Read to victory

Friday, 22nd July 2022

Categories Girl's/Women's, Pro  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/22/22
From Press Release

Everyone who follows the sport of lacrosse knows the many talents rookie attacker Charlotte North can showcase in a given game. 

Making her Athletes Unlimited Lacrosse debut, the two-time Tewaaraton Award winner displayed those talents among many of the game’s 40 minutes, leading Team Read to a 12-8 victory over Team Waters to end the opening day of the season at USA Lacrosse Headquarters. 

North, who finished with a game-high 178 leaderboard points, served as an on-field facilitator during the first half by dishing out three assists while letting her teammates find the back of the net. 

But, in the second half, North got into the scoring column by unleashing three goals, including a pair of two-point markers, to finish the night with eight points. 

While North paced Team Read with her first hat trick as a professional, midfielder Ally Kennedy and attacker Shayna Pirreca chipped in a pair of tallies each. Goalkeeper Britt Read (Eastern Regional-NJ), meanwhile, anchored a defensive unit that conceded just three second half goals. 

Read, the game’s MVP 2 selection, authored nine saves to finish the night with 171 leaderboard points.

A trio of players – midfielder Marie McCool (Moorestown-NJ) and attackers Alex Aust Holman and Kenzie Kent – scored two goals apiece in the loss for Team Waters. Kent and rookie attacker Scottie Rose Growney (Conestoga) each also added two assists.  

Key Moment: After falling behind by a 3-1 count in the first quarter, Team Read started the second period with a six-point explosion, including a two-point marker by Pirreca, to claim a 7-3 advantage with 2:02 remaining in the first half. Team Waters closed the gap to 7-6 with three consecutive markers, but North’s three goals in the final 12:15 sealed the win.  

Leaderboard Impact: North stands third on the leaderboard following her 178-point performance, while Read follows right behind her with 171 points. Kennedy, meanwhile, holds a share of ninth place after the opening night with 121 points. 

Game 1

New year, same stellar performance from attacker Sam Apuzzo

After surging to the No. 3 position on the leaderboard during Athletes Unlimited Lacrosse’s inaugural season a summer ago, the former Boston College standout was at her best again in Thursday night’s opener, striking for two goals and four assists while leading her squad to a 14-10 victory over Team Glynn at USA Lacrosse Headquarters. 

Apuzzo, who finished the 2021 campaign with 1,685 leaderboard points, opened her 2022 account with 179 leaderboard points, which included 30 points as the MVP 2 selection. 

Midfielder Amanda Johansen added 155 leaderboard points in the win for Team Apuzzo. While she only registered one goal, she used three ground balls, two caused turnovers and a game-high six draw controls to build her total. 

Rookie attacker Lauren Gilbert, who earned MVP 1 honors,added a game-high four goals in a winning effort, while rookie midfielder Ally Mastroianni netted three goals in the loss for Team Glynn. 

Key Moment: After the teams traded a pair of goals to open the contest, Team Apuzzo scored five of the next six goals to take a 7-3 lead on a marker by midfielder Alyssa Parrella with 6:03 remaining in the second quarter. Team Apuzzo never trailed by fewer than three points in the second half to secure the first win of the young season.  

Britt Read (Eastern Regional–NJ) Kady Glynn, Sam Apuzzo and Caylee Waters were nominated as the team captains for the first weekend of Season 2. All games will be on ESPN Networks throughout the year.

Thursday
Team Apuzzo (Orange) 14, Team Glynn (Blue) 10
Team Read (Purple) 12, Team Waters (Gold) 8

Saturday
Team Read (Purple) vs. Team Apuzzo (Orange) | 12:30 p.m. | ESPNU
Team Glynn (Blue) vs. Team Waters (Gold) | 3 p.m. | ESPNU

Sunday
Team Read (Purple) vs. Team Glynn (Blue) | 1 p.m. | ESPN+
Team Apuzzo (Orange) vs. Team Waters (Gold) | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Team Glynn
Kady Glynn | GK
Paulina DiFatta | GK
Izzy McMahon | A
Sammy Jo Tracy | A
Taylor Van Thof | M
Ally Mastroianni | M
Ally Palermo | D
Kyra Pelton | D
Kelsey Huff | M
Halle Majorana | A
Jamie Ortega | A
Kayla Wood | D
Lindsey McKone | M
Kristen Carr | D

Team Apuzzo
Molly Dougherty | GK
Taylor Moreno | GK
Lauren Gilbert | A
Amanda Johansen | M
Katrina Geiger (Haverford High) | D
Dempsey Arsenault | M
Sam Apuzzo | A
Courtney Taylor | D
Haley Warden (Garnet Valley)| M
Nicole Levy | A
Lizzie Colson | D
Sam Geiersbach | A
Alyssa Parella | A
Emma Trenchard | D

Team Waters
Molly Wolf | GK
Caylee Waters | GK
Amber McKenzie | D
Marie McCool (Moorestown-NJ)| M
Kelly McPartland | M
Kenzie Kent | A
Grace Griffin | M
Cortney Fortunato | A
Scottie Rose Growney (Conestoga) | A
Caroline Wakefield | D
Ella Simkins | D
Sydney Watson | M
Alex Aust Holman | A
Sarah Cooper | D

Team Read
Britt Read (Eastern Regional-NJ)| GK

Mira Shane | GK
Kerrigan Miller | M
Katie O’Donnell (Henderson) | M
Mollie Stevens | A
Jill Girardi | M
Meg Douty | D
Becca Block | D
Aurora Cordingley | A
Shayna Pirreca | A
Ally Kennedy | M
Syndey Pirecca | D
Molly Little | D

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