Hudson Valley Sports Report

BIG THINGS EXPECTED FROM BREWSTER GIRLS LAX

Bears Topple Harrison To Improve To 2-1

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

BREWSTER – When last we left the Brewster High School girls lacrosse team, they were in the midst of the greatest season in school history, winning the 2018 Section 1 championship and advancing to the state Final Four before losing to Honeoye Falls by a goal in the semifinals.

It’s quite possible we’ll be revisiting that scenario again for the Bears and fourth-year coach Sara DiDio.

“We are coming off a fantastic 2018 season, so we are looking to use our experience of last season to push us this season,” DiDio said. “We have a lot of new players that are learning the ropes. We are looking to our returners to continue to set the bar high and make sure the newcomers understand our varsity system.”

So far, so good.

Brewster improved to 2-1 overall after beating Harrison on Tuesday, 17-12.

Maggie DePaoli led the attack with four goals. Marina Souza (three assists) and Haile Ratajack had three goals apiece.

Margo Cunningham and Sasha Kulo both scored twice, Dani Regan had five assists to go with her goal, and Olivia Meole and Ashley Goodliffe also tallied once each.

For Cunningham and Kulo, it was their first varsity goals.

Danielle Heintz made five saves, including the 400th of her career.

The talent is there, but the losses were big. All-American Lauren Craft has graduated and taken her talents to Penn State. All-league defenders Tara Regan and Juliana Rienzi also graduated. Midfielder Sam DeLeo transferred to a private school.

But all-section and all-league performer Meagan Beal is back, as are attackmen Souza and Regan (both all-section) and all-league midfielders DePaoli and Ratajack.

The Bears also return all-section goalie Heintz.

“Danielle Heintz will anchor our defense in goal and should have another strong season. She has stepped into a leadership role and is working hard with our defense to make sure we are prepared for our tough schedule,” DiDio said. “We are hopeful that some of our newer players continue to work hard to earn their time and make an impact on the field.”

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