BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - As the season winds down, the Governor Livingston Girls Lacrosse team took time, in their second to last home game, and second to last game in general, to celebrate eight senior team members. Lindsay Gerrato, Riley Jankowski, Siena Kulesz, Catie Lazarro, Elizabeth Morabito, Meryl Schaffer, Jenna Attanasio, and Paige Colllins were all honored before the start of the game against the South Plainfield Tigers. Seniors met with parents on the field and were presented with flowers and a small gift by their Coach Chloe Griffen Zurka.
On this special evening, the Highlanders had plenty to celebrate. From the beginning, they controlled the tempo of the game almost scoring at will, by the end of the game the Highlanders had run up the score 21 - 6 with 12 different players contributing goals towards the victory. Seniors Lindsay Gerrato and Riley Jankowski were both chasing milestone this game, as they tried and accomplished scoring 400 and 100 points, respectively, in for their high school careers. Jankowski was the first to reach the momentous achievement and coach Griffen quickly called a timeout to commemorate the special moment.
Jankowski teammates quickly ran on to the field to congratulate her and present her with a poster that read “Happy 100 points Riley!,” as well as a poster that read “100 Cookies.” Jankowski was clearly moved by her teammate’s sentiment. Later, in the first half, celebrations began again as Gerrato scored her 400th point, as she missed on her first attempt, she kept with the play to eventually score that milestone point.
While the Highlanders had complete control of the game, and the mood on the sideline was cheerful, coach Griffen was careful, reminding her team that the last game of the season is against a much tougher opponent and crosstown rival, the New Providence Pioneers.
The Pioneers hold a record of 12-4 and was out of reach for the Tigers, the Highlanders began focusing on Tuesday night’s game, to hopefully end the season on a high note.