The J. Taylor Finley Middle School girls’ lacrosse team turned in a very solid season, showcasing some promising players while compiling a 5-2-2 mark.
Coached by Marissa Bergmann, Mike Kaplan and Courtney Weber, the Falcons were captained by Sarah Giarraputo, Timmeree Koepele and Isabella Algieri. The roster featured 28 seventh and eighth graders.
“This was a very motivated group of girls,” Bergmann said. “They came to practice ready to work hard and improve their skills. I truly enjoyed coaching this fun and enthusiastic team. My eighth graders are great leaders. We will miss them.”
Finley topped West Hollow (11-6), West Islip Udall (12-2), East Northport (8-5), Candlewood (14-8) and Commack (10-9). The Falcons dropped contests to Bay Shore (6-4) and Oldfield (8-5) and tied Northport (11-11) and Stimson (7-7).
“The girls worked really hard on improving their transitional game this year,” Bergmann said. “It requires trust and teamwork, not an easy task to accomplish, but these girls did it so well.”
Finley’s top offensive players included Gigi Devoe, Mary Warren, Katie Browne, Marina Durand, Regan Sansiviero and Grace Stolfa. The midfield was paced by Kailey Rappel, Emma Brendel, Caroline Gorecki, Tallulah Pitti, Gretel Cassell, Emily Plachta and Koepele. The team’s defensive stars were Emily Geller, Isabella DiBendetto, Giarraputo and Aligeri.
Geller led Finley in ground balls. “She hustled and never gave up on a play,” Bergmann said. “She’s a workhorse.” Brendel and Pitti had the most interceptions from their midfield positions. Koepele, Algieri, Giarraputo and Rappel forced countless turnovers.
“Our best accomplishment was our tough game against Commack,” Bergmann said. “We were neck and neck with them the entire game. Our entire team came together to secure a 10-9 win. Every part of our game was on point. We had great transition passing, moving the ball up the field and we shared the ball and made great decisions.”
Goalie Ansley Proctor enjoyed a sensational season, recording 50 saves in the cage. “She made many key stops to help keep us in games and help us pull through with the win,” Bergmann said.
Finley has 16 players eligible to return next spring. “I predict another successful season,” Bergmann said.
A dozen players who just completed eighth grade will be heading to the junior varsity and varsity programs. “I’m excited to watch them succeed at the high school,” Bergmann said.