As I’ve stated before, I write a college notebook every week. This week I featured some former North Rockland goalies along with a local team full of former Section 1 standouts.
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For nearly a decade the position of goalie has been an anchor for North Rockland’s girls lacrosse team.
Jen Kugler, Anna Berman and Kaitlyn Lonergan (pictured above) all were multi-time all-section honorees while playing for the Red Raiders.
While Kugler’s playing days are behind her, Lonergan and Berman continue to excel, this time in the collegiate ranks.
Berman, who was a two-time all-American while at North Rockland, has posted a 7.43 goals-against average as a junior at Albany, the seventh best in the country in Division I as of the beginning of the week.
The three-year starter has helped the Great Danes to a 9-4 record this season.
Lonergan is having a stellar freshman season at St. Thomas Aquinas. Through 12 games, she has a .478 save percentage, the 12th best in the country in Division II and tops among freshmen. Lonergan has been named East Coast Conference rookie of the week three times this season and helped the Spartan’s to a 9-3 record.
Lonergan isn’t the only local to have helped the STAQ.
Suffern’s Margaret Sharp, a junior attacker, is second on the team in points (44). Sophomore midfielder Samantha Lowney, an Albertus Magnus graduate, is second in goals (26) and third in points (28). Pearl River’s Johannah Mitchell, a senior attacker, leads the team in assists (20).
Nanuet’s Becky Torres, a senior who leads the Spartans in caused turnovers (14) and is second in ground balls (23), North Rockland’s Julia Byman, a freshman, and Mahopac’s Kimberly Cunningham, a sophomore, have proved to be vital defenders for the Spartans.
Suffern’s Kelly Moresi, a junior, and North Rockland’s Stephanie Brown, a senior, are both starters in the midfield. Freshman Samantha Silvestri, a Clarkstown North graduate, has earned four starts at midfield.