By Chris Goldberg
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 7/16/19
FREDERICA, Del. – Noelle Demarinis believes the Metro New York girls has the talent – and know-how – to defend its High School championship at the Maverik National Lacrosse Classic.
“We have four players back and it’s awesome to play with some familiar faces,” said Demarinis, a 2021 midfielder from Somers (N.Y.) who was an All-Star on last year’s title team. “I just felt with this team and coach Kevin (Backus) that we just connected so well from the get-go.”
Metro New York started strong on the first day of the 3-day tourney at the Delaware Turf Sports Complex. First Metro edged perennial contender Pennsylvania, 7-6, before toppling Florida, 9-4.
“I love this tournament; it is so well run and we had an amazing time last year,” Demarinis said. “I couldn’t wait to get back out there.
“At first we were shaky, and just getting to know each other. After 20 minutes, we clicked and we were getting it off the draw with quick passes, back and forth, always looking always for open girls – rather than being selfish.
“The defense was unstoppable and we were grabbing groundballs and doing hustle plays. We just destroyed it; I am so proud of everyone.”
Besides Demarinis, coach Backup praised the play of 2021 midfield/attack Samantha Paglino (Yorktown), 2021 goalie Kate Laico (East Meadow) and defenders Erin Clark (2020, Hendrick Hudson), Kira Varada (2021, Hendrick Hudson) and Geneva Berrett (2020, Orono, MN).
“Coming back (to the tourney) from last year, when I was a freshman, I saw how older girls took the leadership,” said Denarinis. “That’s something I am trying to bring from my game as well.
“Just the connections we are creating; that’s what gets you to the championship – not the goals we’re scoring. It’s the hustle plays, getting that grundball, cheering your team and working together.
“I think we just have to keep staying composed. There were a couple instances when we were rushing it. We were very frantic and so excited to be here that we weren’t settling down. We have to be looking for the smart decision. That’s what will push us to the edge and get us there.”
Pennsylvania boys go 1-0-1 in Day 1
There were ups and downs for the Pennsylvania boys as they earned a 4-3 win over Long Island before settling for a 9-9 tie with Delaware.
The PA boys return their head coach (Frank Corto) and several of last year’s members that competed in December against Team Canada in the Brogden Cup, the prize for winning the NLC. The squad is confident it can again challenge for the title.
“We won it last year and got to play for Team USA – that was a great experience to do that with my friends,” said 2020 (Westminster High, MD) goalie Logan Covey (Marist commit), who along with brother Conner Covey are the lone non-PA players on the roster. “We want to get back to playing like we did last year; it’s just a matter of getting used to everybody.”
In the first game today, 2020 attackman Dom Corto (York Suburban) scored the game-winner and had three goals to help key the win over Long Island. In the tie with Delaware, Corto led with four goals and three assists.
But Corto admitted his team committed way too many turnovers. Delaware managed to tie it at 8-8 on a goal by 2020 attackman Connor Garrison (Appoquinimink) after a turnover and again at 9-9 on a tally by Brady McGovern (Salesianum School) following a PA mistake.
“We have to control the pace of the game instead of just running with our heads cut off,” said Corto. “We need to settle down a little bit and I think we’ll be good.”
Corto said competing in the Brogden Cup was a once-in-a-lifetime experience – one he wants to repeat.
“It was definitely worth it and I would do it again in a heartbeat,” said Corto. “Also, it’s my last summer tournament, one last hurrah with my friends before we all go our separate ways.
PA 2020 midfielder Conner Covey (Westminster), Logan’s twin brother, said he and Logan have played with many of the York area members of the PA team for years. He added that with Logan Covey and Connor Kernan (Susquehannock, Cleveland State commit), the goalie tandem is as strong as anyone’s
“It’s fun getting a stick back in your hands, especially with people you grew up with,” he said. “That was a fun time, going to Florida at Christmas and playing against the Canadians. They were the top team and it was a great experience for everyone.
“We had a lot of turnovers today. We have to control the ball. We probably have the two best goalies so we’re not worried about the defensive end. We have to win the faceoffs, get the groundballs and play ball control. The turnovers turned the game today.”
Kernan is playing in the National Lacrosse Classic for the first time.
“I just like to take advanatage of every opportunity,” said Kernan. “Hopefully we win it and get the chance to go to Florida to represent team USA.
“I think we need to communicate more on defense. We had some sloppy turnovers and allowed some fast breaks. We have the offensive talent; we just have to put it together and play clean and smart.”