On Saturday September 19th, the Long Island Lacrosse Journal ran it’s first ever annual event called the “LILJ 2022 Open”. The top players from the Island came out to Cedar Creek Park in Seaford to showcase their skills, and these girls did not disappoint. With 23 high schools being represented in this tournament, here is the first ever LILJ 2022 Open Girls All Tournament Team!
Nina DeNicola (2022, Smithtown East)- DeNicola put on a show in the LILJ 2022 open. This girl is the real deal offensively. DeNicola led all attackers in this tournament in terms of total points scored, and look for her to have a monster spring season for a talented Smithtown East team.
Elizabeth Schmutz (2022, Bay Shore, Army)- Schmutz is a special talent. What impresses me the most about Schmutz is that she has a great lacrosse IQ, and she also plays with a lot of toughness. Schmutz is also a big time goal scorer as she was the leading scorer on her team.
Meredith McPharlin (2022, St. Anthony’s)- McPharlin was the ultimate facilitator on Saturday as she led her team in assists. This girl has unbelievable vision on the lacrosse field, and her lacrosse IQ is through the roof. College coaches should keep McPharlin on their radar.
Allison Reilly (2022, Sayville, Army)- Reilly is an absolute workhorse on the field. She is a dynamic play maker, she has an amazing lacrosse IQ, and she has fantastic speed and stick skills. Army is getting a good player coming to their program in a couple of years.
Ava Biancardi (2022, St. Anthony’s, Duke)- In my opinion, Ava Biancardi was the best girl at the LILJ 2022 open. This girl is a superstar in the making. Biancardi is a do it all midfielder as she can both score and feed at an extremely high level, and she dominates at the draw circle.
Marina Bergin (2022, Harborfields, Navy)- Bergin has great athleticism. She is a total team player, and she showed that on Saturday by constantly getting her teammates involved. She also has the ability to be a big time finisher as well. Look for Bergin to be a big part in Harborfields success in 2021.
Hailey Kluepfel (2022, ESM)- Kluepfel was one of the most impressive girls at the LILJ 22 open. This girl put on a great performance. Kluepfl did everything well especially on the draw circle as she led all girls in draw percentage at the tournament. She also was one of the leading point scorers in this event as well. Look for Kluepfel to be an impact player for ESM in 2021.
Nicole Philips (2022, Mount Sinai)- Philips is a phenomenal young talent, and she is an excellent offensive player. What makes Philips special is that she has incredible athleticism, stick skills, and she also has lightning like speed. She also is a dangerous threat to either score or feed at a moments notice. Coach Bertolone has a special talent in his program when it comes to Nicole Philips.
Kathryn McAteer (2022, St. Anthony’s, Navy)- McAteer is a big time player on the lacrosse field. What impresses me the most about McAteer is that she plays extremely tough, and she plays with force. She also does a great job driving to the cage as well.
Erin Harkins (2022, Floral Park)- Harkins played out of her mind on Saturday. Harkins is a great athlete, who was dominant on the offensive end. Look for Harkins to light it up in 2021 for Floral Park.
Erin Hickey (2022, Farmingdale, Richmond)- Hickey is a legit player at the midfield position. The recent Richmond commit played great all day on both sides of the ball. Look for Hickey to be one of the top players this spring for the Dalers.
Lily Johnson (2022, Oceanside)- Lily Johnson had herself a day on Saturday. She was the leading goal and point scorer for her team, and she went over 50 % on the draw circle. Johnson is a really impressive player, and look for her to make a huge impact for Oceanside in 2021.
Jessica Peluso (2022, East Islip)- Peluso is a very dynamic midfielder. She is a big time finisher, and she was also automatic on the draw circle. The East Islip Redmen have a special player in Peluso.
Alexa Carannante (2022, Mount Sinai, Pitt)- Carannante is a lockdown defender. She is outstanding when it comes to playing 1 v 1 defense, she plays great team defense, and she is a leader on the field. Look for Carannante to have a big year for the Mustangs in 2021.
Charlotte McGroarty (2022, Northport)- McGroarty is the ultimate team player. She is a leader on the field, she is a great athlete, she has a high motor, and she has a high lacrosse IQ. McGroarty was very impressive on Saturday.
Brigid Manning (2022, Sayville)- Manning is one hell of a player. Not only is she a lockdown defender, but she is also a legitimate offensive threat. Look for Manning to have a huge season for Sayville this spring.
Lauren Russell (2022, West Babylon)- Russell was very impressive on Saturday. She is a great 1 v 1 defender, and she has great footwork as well. Russell also can be effective on the offensive end too. Watch out for Russell in 2021.
Caitlin Boden (2022, Sacred Heart, James Madison)- Boden might be the top goalie in the 2022 class on Long Island. This girl can really play at a high level. Look for Boden to be one of the top goalies in the Parochial division.
- Megan Kitagawa (2022, Syosset)
- Shannon Smith (2022, Northport)
- Ryann Kearns (2022, Mount Sinai)
- Scarlet Cifarelli (2022, Sacred Heart)
- Selia Lyons (2022, Miller Place)
- Mairead Kelly (2022, Bayport)
- Isabella Jahkhah (2022, Brentwood)
- Natalee Frabizio (2022, Bayport)
- Kristen Hegarty (2022, Garden City)
- Isabella Germani (2022, Northport, Stony Brook)
- Maggie Long (2022, South Side, Pitt)
- Ashley Newman (2022, Manhasset, Yale)
- Emily Stam (2022, St. Anthony’s, Binghamton)
- Lauren Dunne (2022, ESM, Butler)
- Katie Marrs (2022, Mount Sinai)
- Mackenzie Beck (2022, Comsewogue)
- Ava Sumwalt (2022, Riverhead)
- Shannon Harrington (2022, Comsewogue)
- Maura Kelly (2022, Bayport)
- Jaidyn Donley (2022, Comsewogue, Stony Brook)
- Jillian McFadden (2022, Mount Sinai)
- Emily Graham (2022, St. Anthony’s)
- Isabel Weintraub (2022, Oceanside)
- Skyler Fig (2022, Bayport)