Goalie Out for Good but Roxbury Girls Lacrosse Rolls On

Roxbury vs Morristown-Beard Credits: Craig Karnitsky
Roxbury vs. Morristown-Beard Credits: Craig Karnitsky

ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury High School girls lacrosse team on Wednesday beat Kinnelon 13-10, its second win in a row, despite having lost senior goaltender Natalie Shulkowski due to injuries she suffered April 14.

Emma Karnitsky scored five and had three assists to two different freshman - Emily Christiansen and Paige Metje - for their first varsity goals. Elizabeth Poissant scored two goals, as did Emily Stanich, while Fiona Sparano and Kendall Torpin each scored one.

 Replacement goaltender Mary Piccitto, a sophomore, captured the win. It was the second victory for Piccitto; the first coming Tuesday in a tight game against Morristown-Beard.

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Although the Gaels never trailed in that contest, they won by the narrowest of margins: 6-5. Senior Grace Monahan had a break-out game, using her speed to became a scoring machine with four goals.

Additional chip in goals were scored by Karnitsky and Melissa Murphy.

The team is now 7-3 at the halfway mark of the season.

Shulkowski, the team captain, has a torn ACL and is facing surgery, according to her parents. "Beyond unfortunate because the injury occurred vs Montville as Natalie was running out the clock on a 3-goal victory," wrote her father, Stephen Shulkowski on Facebook. "She was fouled hard after the final horn" after being hit hard to the turf seven seconds earlier, he said.

"Montville coach and player should be aware that actions have consequences on people’s lives," wrote Shulkowski. "And parents watching youth sports should think hard before yelling aggressive instructions to their kids. Natalie will cherish the time she played, even if cut short, and I’m sure she will continue to coach. I’m sure her great coaches and teammates will get her through the next few months."

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