In 2020, the Plainedge Girls Lacrosse Program, like the rest of Long Island, experienced the disappointing cancellation of the lacrosse season. In doing so, they lost some key players: Regina DiChiara, Brooke DiFede, and Victoria Fischetti, to name a few. It is without question, however, that the team is not short on talent. This comes as Head Coach Anthony Giovanelli makes his return to the varsity girls team; he and the rest of the team will look to impress during the new year.
There are plenty of standouts on the team, including a squad of upperclassman offensive threats. This includes junior Maeghan Callow, the defensive-minded midfielder who had an impressive summer. She has an impressive track record of gritty play and hustle downfield, and demonstrates phenomenal lacrosse IQ. She’ll be joined in the midfield by Rylee Donnellan, a senior who has all the talent to have a breakout year. She simply has the ability to control the pace of the game. Her presence as a leader and both a scoring and passing option will be crucial for the team in 2021.
Expect players like Isabelle Ryan, Emma Wade and Jessica Hagmaier to also make a huge difference for this year’s squad. All three were on the 2019 varsity roster and should see increasing minutes for the new year. Isabelle Ryan is a quick and nifty affack player who has a powerful presence on the fast break. Her agility and scoring ability to match makes her an asset. Fellow junior Jessica Hagmaier will do more of the same on offense. She is wonderful scoring from close range and moves well in traffic to get the best shot. She’s on track to have her best season yet. Emma Wade is also expected to make a sure impact on offense. She too has with a laser of a shot and sees the whole the field well. Her underrated passing ability should shine in 2021, as she will expected to provide needed senior leadership.
This guidance will also come from senior Abigail Wise, who is, without question, one of Long Island’s top offensive threats. In 2019 alone, the attack star put on a clinic in the 2019 season, adding 35 goals to her name as well as a team-high 54 assists. She has great agility and that rare, hard-nosed mentality; both should serve her well in 2021. Offensive-minded midfiielder Emma Kelly is also set for a fantastic season. The junior reached double digits in the assist column and had 38 impressive goals. She has a cannon of a shot that is hard to defend at any capacity. Kelly is one to look out for next season.
Coach Giovanelli is excited about the opportunity to coach the girls once again. “I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity in Middle School to coach these girls,” he said. “I feel we are loaded with athletes who can play on both sides of the field especially our junior class.” Giovanelli also credited their former Coach, Kristin Susko, on a “phenomenal job [in] bringing credibility to this program.” We are excited to see what Plainedge does in the coming year.