CEDAR GROVE, NJ – Though they didn’t win, Cedar Grove had its highest scoring game yet when it lost to Passaic Valley 12-11 last week. It was a true team effort with nine players contributing to the score with goals and/or assists. They may not have a win yet, but the young girls’ team has improved each game of its inaugural season.
Cedar Grove took the lead early on in the game against Passaic Valley and held on until the end of the second half. Ava Kreismer had three goals and an assist. Rachel Bucchino also had a hat trick. Hayley Diess had two goals and two assists. Gabriella DiGangi, Mikayla Hom and Loren Vitale each added a goal and Olivia Burnett, Jennie Silber and Jamie Lynch all had assists for Cedar Grove. In goal, Jackie Downs had seven saves for Cedar Grove.
Coach Sean Sweeney gave all the credit to the girls, saying they have all worked very hard to learn the game quickly.
“I think it’s important to note how much progress everyone has made so far this season,” Sweeney said. “The girls went from not understanding how to throw and catch the ball properly to running plays and sliding on defense.”
Cedar Grove High School only introduced lacrosse this spring. Initially a club team was planned to test the waters, but when the turnout was much higher than expected, the board of education opted to launch a Junior Varsity team instead for both boys and girls. Of the 30 girls on Cedar Grove’s roster, only a handful had played lacrosse before this season. If the effort of these girls is any indication, the future is bright for Cedar Grove lacrosse. Cedar Grove’s youth program is only in its second season and the number of girls playing tripled from last year to this year, according to club president Kevin Brown. Some graduates of that youth program will move up to Cedar Grove High School next year, in fact incoming freshman have been invited to watch the last practice of this season so they can experience it before jumping in Sweeney said.
The Cedar Grove girls will finish up their season on Thursday when they play Kent Place School at 4 p.m. at Panther Park.