Coming off a good season in 2018, the Passaic Valley girls lacrosse team is hoping for continued success this spring.
Head coach Lori Demsey’s team opened the regular season on March 27, with a loss at St. Elizabeth, in Madison. The Hornets were 3-4 through games of April 13. PV was scheduled to host Pascack Hills on April 15 and were to visit Northern Valley/Demarest, on April 17. On April 24, PV visits Wayne Hills, at 4 p.m.
Passaic Valley was 7-8 last spring, the most wins in the program’s history.
This year, Demsey is encouraged by a good nucleus of returning players.
“We lost one senior, Mariah Tovar, to graduation,” said Demsey. “Another player, Emily Hyde, a junior, is injured. We are basically the same team as last year and looking to continue our progress of becoming a more competitive team.”
Passaic Valley head coach Lori Demsey (seated, far left) and her 2019 Hornets. (Click on photo for larger image)
Among the returning players on offense are team captains Catherine Bennett and Nell Grabowski.
“We have a strong returning core of senior players,” said Demsey. “Catherine has a stand out presence on the field and will run the attack, Nell is a really smart player.”
The coach also noted the speed of Trinity Toerock, the sharp shooting skills of Victoria Langevin, and the height of Abigail Shaw to generate goals.
On defense, PV goalkeeper, Zoe Weigele will be strong between the pipes and will keep the Hornets in close games, according to Demsey.
“Team captain Lara Mazza-Hilway will lead the defense with Olivia Shpiruk, Emme Nguyen-Tran and Cammy Hyde,” said the coach.
After losing its first two games, PV responded with a pair of wins, defeating Saddle Brook, 13-3, and Passaic Tech, 12-6. Most recently, the team defeated Paramus Catholic, 15-4.
Bennett had a huge game against Saddle Brook, with six goals, while Grabowski had three goals and an assist. Langevin and Toerock had two goals each and Toerock also recorded three assists. In goal, Weigele finished with nine saves.
Bennett was outstanding again versus Passaic Tech, finishing with nine points, on seven goals and two assists. Grabowski scored four times and had an assist, Toerock finished with two assists and Weigele had 11 saves.
Grabowski had three goals in a 7-4 loss to DePaul and Bennett had four goals in a 13-7 setback to Fair Lawn, on April 11.
Versus P.C., Bennett had a game for the ages, scoring 11 goals while Grabowski scored twice and Stephanie Ortiz and Shpiruk scored once each. In addition to her 11 goals Bennett also assisted on two other tallies while Ortiz had three assists and Grabowski, Langevin and Toerock registered two assists each.