CRANFORD - The Cranford High School girls lacrosse team finished the season 7-10 but it consisted of three major milestones being reached.
Two juniors, Grace Power and Alyssa Gesslein, each scored their 100th career goals and senior goalie Anna Horne, who will go on to play at Drew University, recorded her 800th career save. Power scored her 100th goal in the first game of the season against Morristown-Beard. On Senior Night, Gesslein netted her 100th in a 15-0 victory over Parsippany Hills. Just five days later, Horne grabbed her 800th save against Pequannock.
"It was really cool seeing not only one but two juniors reach such an incredible accomplishment," said Cranford head coach Samantha Berk. "I am so proud of both Grace and Alyssa and I cannot wait to see what they do in their senior year! I am so, so excited for Anna. She has grown so much as a player throughout her four years and I know she going to be huge assets to her future team at Drew University."
The Cougars made it to the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 tournament, but lost 15-5 in the first round to Roxbury. Though they will have to replace Horne in net, they will have their top two offensive threats back in Power (76 goals, 15 assists) and Gesslein (42 goals, 17 assists). Power needs just 26 goals next season to reach 200.
"They have been with the varsity program since day one of their freshmen year. I expect the two of them to be leaders to the younger players in the program and continue to shine as players," said Berk. "I am excited to see them step up as the leaders of the program and set the standard for girls lacrosse players to come!"
The program graduates five seniors in Horne, Sofia Prata, Ellie Rokicki, Emma Scott, and Julia Vaughn, but coach Berk is excited for the future after what she saw this past season.
"We came away with the season knowing we have a ton of potential," said Berk. "We have a lot of young and individually talented players on the team. I think the girls will continue to learn to play as a unit during the off season to continue to be successful in the future. We had some tough and close losses that unfortunately did not swing in our direction, but I think overall we grew a lot as a team. I think the returning varsity players gained a ton of experience this year and will apply what they learned in their future seasons to come. They all are playing at a high level and I expect them to step up being that a lot of those who are returning next year will have had a year of varsity of their belt."
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