Some of the best players in Section 1 will team up to take on teams from throughout the country.
Twenty players representing nine schools were picked for the Hudson Valley region team that will participate in the US Lacrosse national high school tournament May 25-26 at Lehigh University. More than 70 players attended the four-hour tryout held two weeks ago at Suffern. All high school players except seniors were eligible to try out.
North Rockland coach Greg Borchers, who is coaching the team, said the selection process shows the amount of talent in the area.
“The best thing about it is it’s so difficult to pick the team,” said Borchers, who has been involved with Hudson Valley’s team for the past seven years. “It’s a credit to all the girls in the Hudson Valley. The lacrosse is so strong here. The strong showing they put together every year in the tournament, it’s a credit to all the programs.”
Ten coaches from Rockland, Westchester and Putnam were on hand for the tryout and helped pick the 20-player roster and nine alternates. All Section 1 coaches were invited to take part in the process.
The event started in 1933 with post-collegiate players, adding its schoolgirls tournament in 1980. It has evolved into one of the largest women’s lacrosse tournaments in the nation. More than 60 high school teams attended last year from across the country.
“It’s huge for recruiting,” Borchers said. “It’s tremendous the amount of college coaches that are at these games in large quantities.”
Hudson Valley has historically made strong showings in the tournament. Last year’s team went 4-1, finishing fifth of 10 teams in the second-highest division. Hudson Valley took first in 2009.
Facing teams from throughout the U.S. allows the girls to see how different regions play, according to Borchers. They learn a lot from their own teammates as well.
“Everybody brings something to the table,” Borchers said. “That’s probably the most exciting part— knowing that their meeting other people from different programs in their region that they normally wouldn’t have a chance to do.”
For Borchers, selecting the squad is another example of the strength of lacrosse in the area.
“We could take multiple teams there if we were allowed and probably have a similar showing,” Borchers said. “We’re lucky enough to have one. In retrospect, we could probably send more than one and be just as good.”
Milestone goals: Several players scored their 100th goals last week. Sophomore Molly Fitzpatrick of Lakeland/Panas and Julia Massaro of Rye Country Day, along with Brewster senior Kristen Ohberg, all joined the century club.