Cazenovia On Sunday, Nov. 20, the 2011 Cazenovia junior varsity girls soccer team assembled together one last time to celebrate their season, and honor their teammates’ achievements.
The event was elegantly hosted by the Lincklaen House with the cooperation of Mary-Margaret Kuper and her staff. Eric Meade, father to goalkeeper and sophomore at Cazenovia High School, Tori Meade, created a slideshow with a medley of photos taken throughout the season set to music for the entire group to enjoy.
The players were able to recognize all of the individual and team efforts that led to a winning season posting a record of 6-6-2.
The Lady Lakers most notable win came against Westhill in early October after the game had to be rescheduled due to weather conditions. The Lakers split the contest with the Warriors losing only by one goal posted late in the second half.
In defeat, the team only lost by an average of one goal, consistently led by a powerful defense of Megan Romagnoli, Samantha Gates, Jocelyn Golden, Lizzy Bigsby, Shea Murray, Hanna O’Sullivan and two solid goalkeepers, returning keeper Tori Meade and rookie Maggie Johnson.
The team was blessed with leadership from its returning players, Captain Micaela Vanetti, Zantha Hourigan, Isabella Quattrone, Kate Sullivan, Allissa Parrella, Hanna Rousell and Kali Cook. This talented and fearless group was able to consistently dictate play in the middle of the field and create offensive attacks for the Lakers.
On offense, the team celebrated contributions from the newest members of the squad, Olivia McEntee, who used her lightning speed and tenacity on the ball to score numerous game-changing goals. The Lakers also enjoyed consistent outside threats contributed by Grace Milmoe and Keely Race, with their incredible crosses, which put opposing teams on their heels in every match.
While every member of the team was recognized for individual contributions, top honors were awarded to seven Lady Lakers by Head Coach Melissa Clarke.