BRADENTON, FLA. - It wasn’t just about winning games when John Jay’s girls lacrosse team headed down to Florida last week. The Indians were hoping to also build team chemistry and camaraderie.
They were able to accomplish all of the above.

John Jay started the trip by defeating Bronxville, the defending Class D section champions, 10-8, on April 15 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

“After this trip I could tell how close we all got,” John Jay junior Charlotte Wilmoth said. “We all felt so comfortable with each other. Becoming so close will translate to the field, which will help us become more successful. Lacrosse wise we focused a lot on moving the ball, which is something we did really well and we look forward to bringing it back to New York. Before Florida, we didn’t move the ball much in transition and now we have that in our game and it will make us much more successful against Section 1 teams.”

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Wilmoth paced the Indians with five goals and an assist. Cameron Crawford added three goals and an assist. Jenna Giardina tallied a goal and three assists. Lily Preis (1G) and Cara O’Reilly (2A) also contributed.

“The key to winning against Bronxville was moving the ball in transition and on the offensive end,” Wilmoth said. “This was the first game where I felt our offense clicked. Most of our goals were off assists, which made us more successful. We were also very determined and eager to beat a very good team.”

Brianna Garofolo made six saves in net for Jay. Ashley Schafer collected three ground balls and John Jay forced 13 turnovers as a unit.

Two days later, John Jay defeated Oakton (Virginia), 16-9, at the same complex. Wilmoth was the leading scorer again with six goals.

Crawford (3G, 2A), Giardina (3G, 2A), Mia DiChiara (2G, 1A), Melina O’Connor (1G, 1A), O’Reilly (1G, 3A), Isabella Giner (1A) and Garofolo (4 saves) helped fill up the stat sheet.

John Jay dominated the draw, 20-7, with O’Reilly gathering 11 draw controls.

“We were able to be dominant on the draw because of the connection on the draw team,” Wilmoth said. “Our draw taker Cara is excellent at placing the ball and Jenna and I communicate well on who is going to box out and who is going for the ground ball.”

Crawford, Wilmoth, Preis, Schafer and Julianna Duva scooped up three ground balls apiece.

John Jay (6-1) was scheduled to travel to Rye on April 23. They then host Pleasantville at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 25.