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Verona Dominates Cedar Grove In First Girls Lax Contest

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In the first round of the 2018 Essex County Tournament, the #5 seed Verona reminded the #12 seed Cedar Grove that its two-year-old program has a ways to go before the Panthers will be able to challenge their crosstown rivals in the sport of girls lacrosse: The Lady Hillbillies hammered the Panthers to the tune of 15-3 on Friday afternoon.

In the historic first ever meeting between the schools in the sport of girls lacrosse, Verona established dominance quickly, jetting out to a 7-0 lead before the Panthers scored their first goal of the game 10 minutes into the first half.

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Verona’s offensive effort was highlighted by hat tricks from seniors Cecilia “CC” Courter and Maggie Ashley, who also recorded four assists, and sophomore Maggie Lonsinger. Junior Sarah Carlucci followed with two goals, while senior Ashley Nigro and juniors Emily Coppola and Ally Madigan all scored one goal apiece. Sophomore Maddie Gallagher recorded a goal in her very first varsity appearance on an assist from Nigro.

Taylor St. Laurent (two goals) and Tracy Moreno (one goal) comprised all of the scoring for Cedar Grove in the game.

The Lady Hillbillies played a stifling, physical brand of defense against the Panthers, led by junior Lara Tole, sophomore Clara Frizzi and midfielders CC Courter, Maggie Lonsinger and Ally Madigan, holding the Panthers to only 10 shots on goal for the game.

With the win, Verona advances to the ECT Quarterfinals to face #4 seed Montclair Kimberley Academy on Tuesday, April 24. The full tournament bracket is here.

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