Experience propels East Meadow
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And while the offensive firepower has certainly been a strength, the East Meadow defense turned in one of its biggest performances in a 11-8 Conference AA-III win over district-rival Clarke on April 25. On top of the 17 saves made by junior goalie Lindsey Hoffman, the Lady Jets were also led by the play of their low defense. Junior Jaida Zabala and freshmen Kelly Clarke and Melissa Peysson helped limit the scoring of the Lady Rams’ potent offense. On the wings, seniors Nicole Petrullo and Danielle Widmann have been the anchors and a focal point of the team’s transition game, while seniors Danielle Jean and Corinne Dunatov have been a contributors on the backline.
“We looked to cut off their big goal scorers,” Hickey said. “They did a good job on them. They played more of a face-guard [style], took charges and forced turnovers.”
The scoring punch, as it has for much of the season, came from plenty of sources. Four different players scored twice led by Sanicola (three goals) and Fitzsimmons (two), and Jackie O’Leary paced the team in total points with five (two goals, three assists). “[Kristina] has played midfield and attack and come on as a goal-scorer,” Hickey said. “She’s improved her shot placement and her experience after playing as a sophomore [has helped].
“Emily has good one-on-one moves and as a midfielder controls the ball a lot in transition from defense to offense and is looking [to score].”