June 22, 2009


CHS has four 1st-team stars

Staff Writer

Four members of the third-place Cortland High girls’ lacrosse team were honored with all-league first-team status for this past season in voting by the OHSL Freedom Division coaches.
Seniors Caitlin Cottone (goalie), Casey Marks (defense), Katherine Hunsberger (midfield) and junior defender Janesa Cornish were named to the elite squad.
Joining them are seniors Molly Maroney (midfield), Meredith Howe (attack) and Claire Kopp (defense) plus juniors Tori Nies (midfield) and Tara Prosak (goalie) from league champion Jamesville-DeWitt; seniors Carissa Ficarro (attack) and Gina Campese (midfield), junior midfielder Allison Rossi and sophomore goalie Kathryn Cook from runner-up East Syracuse-Minoa; Chittenango seniors Jessica Antelmi (midfield) and Brittany McDonald (attack) and sophomore utility player Jenna Barber; junior attack Stevie Lombardoni and sophomore defender Heather Taylor from Mexico and Fulton seniors Michelle Bateman (midfield) and Kristen Lawson (attack).
Cortland’s second-teamers are senior midfielder Jenna Phelps, senior attack Molly Bramschreiber and junior midfielder Elle DePerno. Also on the second team are seniors Emily Luckette (defense) and Kate Byrnes (attack) plus juniors Liz Beville (midfield) and Ashriel West (attack) from J-D; ES-M senior defender Catherine Ruszczyk, sophomore attack Marlee Vlassis and junior defender Rachel Kolod; Chittenango seniors Gretchen Blanding (defense), Maggie Kendrick (attack) and Christine Stoddard (midfield), Mexico junior goalie Cassie DeLong and freshmen Emily Passer (defense) and Justine VanSant (attack); seniors Devon Niccoli (midfield) and Emily Pitcher (defense) and freshman defender Erika Johnson from Fulton; New Hartford junior attack Jessie Rys and Whitesboro senior midfielder Michelle Ruskey.
Cortland’s honorable mentions are attacks Carly Cunningham (sophomore) and Marissa Mastronardi (junior), junior defender Kay Kostuk and sophomore midfielder Taylor Reynolds.
Also accorded honorable mention were J-D seniors Emily Johnson (attack) and Alex Freeman (defense) and junior defender Katie Heil, ES-M junior midfielders Lauren Greiner and Leah Sweeney, junior defender Jessica Hogle and sophomore defender Emily Rossi, Chittenango seniors Emily Murray (goalie), Ellen Heenan (midfield) and Tessa Piraino (attack) and sophomore defenders Rachel Antelmi and Emily Baker, Mexico seniors Heather Boyzuck (midfield) and Kaitlin Morgan (defender), junior attack Rebecca Clark, sophomore midfielder Danielle Gushlaw and freshman defender Dayna Passer, Fulton senior defender Emily Hastings, sophomore midfielder Kirsten Francis and junior attack Emily Rothrock, New Hartford eighth-grade goalie Andrea Obeid and Whitesboro sophomores Allie Cady (midfield) and Francesca Cotrupe (attack).
Purple Tigers coach Kim Pace had the following comments on her first-teamers.
On Cottone: “Caitlin had an amazing season in the goal this year, averaging 10.2 saves per game with a 58 percent save percentage (while giving up just 8.7 goals per game)”
On Marks (26 goals, five assists, 31 points): “Casey provided a spark in the midfield throughout the season. Her determination to get any loose ball was great and her aggressiveness on defense helped slow down opposing scorers.”
On Hunsberger (27-4-31 in eight games): “Katherine helped run our offense, not only scoring goals but helping to set up her teammates. When she was on the field her presence was felt, whether she had the ball or was working to get the ball back for us.”
On Cornish (0-1-1): “Janesa was the vocal leader on defense this year. She always knew just where to be to pick up the cutter or make the slide and she helped her teammates know where to be defensively.”