April 05, 2006

East Hampton Girls Lacrosse Preview

Helen Quigley, a standout senior midfielder and the Lady Bonackers' leading goal scorer in each of the past two seasons, returns to lead the East Hampton girls lacrosse team further up the ladder to recognition as one of Suffolk County's most rapidly improving programs.

Lindsay Stavola, a junior center playing in her second year, also possesses a strong scoring touch as do senior attack stars Jean Nolan and Sabina Losorio, two players that display superior stick skills. "All three of those girls look to score whenever they're on the field," said East Hampton head coach Maureen Rutkowski.

Jamie Rennar, a senior who originally started her lacrosse career as a goalkeeper, is now one of the team's top attack wings while Simone Geery, a junior defender, Devon Weaver, a sophomore defender, and Courtney Scioscia, a freshman defender protect sophomore goalkeeper Heather Jones.

Casey Alftad, a sophomore midfielder who is relatively new to the game has great speed and teammate Melanie Sosinski, a senior utility player, is capable of playing any position on the field.

Midfielder Corey Demasco is another freshman who plays with skill beyond her years. Rounding out the team are seniors Colleen Schad (attack) and Katherine Zamora (attack), junior Susanne Maietta (midfield/defender), sophomores Page DiSunno (midfield) and Stephanie Magnaldi (attack), and freshmen Rhina Sanchez (goalkeeper) and Catherine Esposito (attack).

"My goal is for this team to go out there and be able to compete against whoever we play," Rutkowski said. "The level of play of these girls is much better than it has been in the past. We want to get respect from other schools this season as well as from the community. This program just keeps getting better and the level of interest in the sport continues to grow. We hope to stay up there in the rankings and hopefully keep moving forward."

East Hampton played Brentwood on Saturday and gained what could easily be described as its biggest win in program history; defeating the larger school by a whopping 19-0. "It's a great way to start the season," said Rutkowski.

In that game, Quigley and Schad each scored four goals and added two assists while Stavola (three goals, one assist) and Nolan (two goals, three assists) also had big games. Jones made three saves in goal and Sanchez turned aside all four of the shots she faced in the combined shutout.

The Bonackers host Southampton in their second league game of the season today at 4 p.m. and play a second home game against Harborfields on Friday (4 p.m.)

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