By Jaclynkelli Kronemberg
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 5/25/13
GARDEN CITY, N.Y – Ella Bonafede tallied five goals and was named the game MVP as St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) defeated St. John the Baptist, 16-6, Friday for its sixth straight CHSAA Championship at Adelphi University.
The Friars, who finished 17-1 with just a loss to Florida state champion Vero Beach, are ranked No. 2 by TopLaxRecruits.com.
“I’m really proud of my kids,” said St. Anthony’s head coach Corrine Lomangino. “They played a great game today.
“This was a really nice ending for a good group. I’m surrounded by awesome coaches, awesome athletes and I’m really proud to be here.”
St. John’s (13-5) pulled within 4-3, with 5:20 to play in the first half. But St. Anthony’s went on a 5-0 run and later led, 12-4, before coasting to the victory.
“I’m elated,” said Bonafede. “We played amazing. It was a great game and it is a great feeling.”
The league’s player of the year honor was given to Maggie Bill who tallied two goals and two assists. Kasey Behr scored three goals, Isabela Mangan scored two goals and one assist and Taylor Mitchell tallied two goals for St. Anthony’s.
“I couldn’t have asked to be with a better team,” said Bill. “I’m so proud of everyone. I’m sad my career is over but I’m happy with the way it ended. We work so hard every single year, the coaches push us so much and we all want it every year. This is incredible.”
Virginia Gibbons made eight saves in goal and Kaitlyn Montalbano, Jillian May and Morgan Jaycox had two goals each for St. John the Baptist.
“We knew what we were up against,” said St. John’s head coach Janine Pirone. “We knew we were playing the best of the best.
“We played fifty minutes of lacrosse. The heart was there, we gave everything we have, we just couldn’t execute like we should’ve.”
St. Anthony’s 16, St. John’s 6
St. Anthony’s: 6-10-16
St. John’s: 3-3-6
St. Anthony’s: Ella Bonafede 5G; Kasey Behr 3G; Maggie Bill 2G, 2A; Isabela Mangan 2G, 1A; Taylor Mitchell 2G; Natalia Chaney 1G, 1A; Angela Halloran 1G
St. John the Baptist: Kaitlyn Montalbano 2G; Morgan Jaycox 2G; Jillian May 2G
Saves: Charlotte Campbell (SA) 5; Virginia Gibbons (SJ) 8