Varsity First-Timers, D1 Commits Drive Girls Lax To Opener Win


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The Verona Lady Hillbillies lacrosse team won their season opener on the road yesterday, besting Group 4 Columbia by a score of 10-8.

There were several notable storylines in this one, starting with sophomore Skyler Freedman making her first varsity start in goal. She played well, recording 13 saves in the win and showing a lot of confidence for her first time in a varsity regular-season game.

Senior Ashley Nigro, also making her first varsity start on attack, was in the right place at the right time throughout the game, as her teammates found her with some great passes to the front of the net and Nigro was able to finish decisively, recording a game-high four goals.

Senior captains and D1 commits Maggie Ashley and CC Courter provided key plays throughout the tightly contested game, with Ashley scoring twice and notching two assists from the attack position and Courter, now playing midfield after starting on defense since freshman year, registered three goals as well as three draw controls to gain possession for Verona at crucial times during the game while battling Columbia’s Lauren Lake, a Dartmouth commit.

Rising sophomore Maggie Lonsinger had several draw controls and two beautiful assists in the game and junior Emily Coppola recorded her first goal of the season late in the second half with Verona clinging to a one-goal lead. Juniors Lara Tole and Maeve McGinley anchored the defense against a feisty Columbia squad.

Columbia competed hard and would get to within one or two goals throughout the game but the Lady Hillbillies were able to answer each time the lead was threatened to secure the win and move to 1-0 in Freedom Conference South league play while dropping Columbia to 0-1.

On Saturday, Verona goes on the road again to face Lakeland High School in a non-conference matchup at 10 a.m. in Wanaque.

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