By Jenna Metcalf
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 3/22/14
VERO BEACH, Fla. – It was a pretty busy week for the Vero Beach’s girls’ lacrosse team.
The Fighting Indians played Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. If that wasn’t tough enough, all the games were against nationally-ranked teams, including Tuesday’s 12-8 loss to No. 1 McDonogh School (MD), which has a mere 94 straight wins.
But after beating Harriton (PA), 16-10, Friday night, Vero Beach (11-1) can safely say it’s proved its mettle among the top teams in the nation.
Besides beating the defending PA state champions – who are ranked No. 7 in the Brine/TopLaxRecruits North America Girls’ Rankings – the Fighting Indians downed No. 17 Georgetown Visitation (16-15) and No. 15 St. Paul’s School (MD), 11-6. The loss to McDonogh looks pretty good when compared to the blowout losses GV and Harriton suffered to the nation’s top team.
Zan Biedenharn led the Fighting Indians with five goals and Abby Shields added three. But depth and balance was a key for Vero Beach.
“We went 3 for 4 and had such a blast,” said Preston Cooper, who added two goals. “They were some tough games, but I think we played really well as a team and the rest of the season should be full of great results.”
“We had a lot of fun and it was such an honor to have played these teams,” added Vero Beach goalie Allison McDonough. “They’re all great games that we look forward to every year.” Vero Beach now looks to win its ninth straight Florida state championship.
“The rest of the season should be strong and I think we’re all just excited to get some rest,” said McDonough.
Harriton got three goals each from Allison Ladda and Katie Melvin. Sabrina Tabasso and Jane Henderson each scored twice.
“I think for our first few games, we came out really hard and did really well,” said Latta, whose team fell to McDonogh, 18-8, on Friday. “We definitely made some improvements.”
“These were our first two games of the season so these will put it in perspective for the rest of the year,” added Tabasso. “Hopefully, we’ll come out and kill it in our league. We just need to make some adjustments. It’s such an honor to be invited down here to play against these teams.”
Vero Beach 16, Harriton 10
Vero Beach 11-5- 16
Harriton 7-3- 10
Megan Gorman – 2 goals
Zan Biedenharn – 5 goals
Preston Cooper – 2 goals
Abby Shields – 3 goals
Katy Pridemore – 1 goal
Allyssa Maes – 1 goal
Gabby Darcangelo – 1 goal
Ashley MacIntyre – 1 goal
Harriton Sabrina Tabasso – 2 goals
Katie Melvin – 3 goals
Alex Latta – 3 goals
Jane Henderson – 2 goals