EDISON, NJ - Tatianna Sutor has proven time and time again she’s one of the top girls lacrosse goalies in the state of New Jersey. The South Plainfield High School senior recorded her 700th career save as the Lady Tigers topped Edison, 10-8, on Thursday in Edison.
Sutor came into the contest needing three saves to reach the milestone, and made 17. In less than three years at the varsity level, she now has 714 in her career, the most in school history. This season, Sutor ranks third in the state according to NJ.com with 249 saves.
“It’s incredible to be able to reach this milestone,” Sutor told TAPinto South Plainfield. “I’ve had this goal set to reach 700 since the beginning of the season, and it’s surreal to have actually done it. I couldn’t have done it without my team, my coaches, and all the support.
“It’s been a great four years of lacrosse and I’m so glad that I get to be a part of history.”
South Plainfield head coach Tammy Zurka, described Sutor like a coach’s dream. When Sutor puts on the gear and settles down in between the pipes, she gives it her all.
“Tatianna is a dedicated athlete who puts both her heart and soul into the game of lacrosse,” Zurka said. “She works hard in practice, harder during pregame warmups, and leaves it all out on the field during games. Having young women like her within this program has been an absolute blessing for both myself and coach Spo.
Sutor attributes her hard-working attitude to the people around her, especially her coaches.
“I love playing lacrosse so much and my coaches helped me become not only the player but person I am today,” she said. “Coach Zurka and coach Spo always make sure I’m physically and mentally prepared for every game and keeping me focused. I have such positive people surrounding me. My teammates are always supportive and so is my family.”
In order for Sutor to earn her sixth win of the year, her teammates had to come up big on the offensive end. Lynda Farinella netted four goals and had seven ground balls and Kourtney Scipio scored three times and had eight ground balls. As a team, South Plainfield tallied 34 shots and scooped up 47 ground balls. Edison had 25 and 40 respectively.
The Eagles also saw Kenisha Chester and Samira Sargent score three goals apiece to lead the way.
But, Sutor was able to make key stops, reach the important 700 mark, and get the win. There’s only a few games left for Sutor, and she will be missed.
“The legacy she is leaving behind has now become the benchmark for future South Plainfield lacrosse players,” Zurka said. “She sure has set the bar high for the future.”