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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Experience propels East Meadow
Eric Dunetz/Herald
Senior Jackie O'Leary, center, with 19 goals and 12 assists, has been a consistent contributor on offense for the Lady Jets.

Sometimes there is just no substitute for experience.

East Meadow bounced back from a tough, 11-10, double-overtime girls’ lacrosse defeat to Floral Park on May 1, with a 14-12 non-conference victory over Bellmore JFK last Friday. Eight different players in all scored goals, led by senior midfielder Emily Fitzsimmons, who tallied five.

The Lady Jets (7-6 overall, 6-2 in Conference AA-II) were still jockeying for playoff position heading into the regular-season finale against Mineola after presstime, thanks in large part to a group of upperclass players that totals 19 (nine seniors and 10 juniors.)

“It’s definitely a first time for that,” coach Colleen Hickey said of having so many veterans on the field. “It comes down to their experience. They want to be here, and they’re great teammates and great role models to their younger teammates.”

Fitzsimmons, the team leader in goals (34), has gotten plenty of help around the net as 15 different players have scored at least once. Junior midfielder Kristina Sanicola has 26 scores, while senior midfielder Jackie O’Leary has 19 goals and a team-high 12 assists. The list of goal-scoring contributors also includes senior attack Katie O’Neil, senior midfielder Nicole Provenzano, junior attack Nicole Moniello, Paige Famularo, Adriana Guglielmo and Rebecca Alzfan. Senior attack Ashley DiPinto is also rounding into form after missing time to due to injury.

“We have a wide variety of people who can score,” Hickey said, noting that the midfield is comprised of four seniors and the attack loaded with juniors and seniors. “We have a lot of girls that are skilled and contribute.”

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