VERONA, NJ - After helping to produce back-to-back winning seasons for the program the seniors of the Verona High School girls lacrosse team will leave behind a program they helped to forge. 

    In net Verona was led by Skyler Freedman. Freedman compiled 162 saves last season for the squad. Freedman was a vocal leader for the team’s defense and is highly touted for her “infectious” personality. 

    “The thing I will miss most about lacrosse is the memories with the team. From bus rides home, to dance parties, to pasta parties. Those fun moments with the team is what makes spring sports so amazing,” said Freedman.

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    Clara Frizzi, a Captain is another senior who was an integral part to the team’s success these past few years. A selfless player who played primarily defense and midfield for the Hillbillies became a ground ball machine for the squad. 

    “[Frizzi] is a glue player that can go anywhere on the field and make a difference,” said Lonsinger

    Maggie Lonsinger was a pivotal part of the team’s attack in 2019. The persistent  Lonsinger managed to net 27 goals and 33 assists last year for the squad. Lonsinger would have returned as the head of the offense this year in addition to leading the squad in 2019 in assists. Next season Lonsinger will play lacrosse at the University of Connecticut.

    “I am going to miss going to practice out on Selitto after a day of school. I’ll miss starting the season on that field with all the trees bare and the air bitterly cold and then watching the trees grow green and lush during the spring. I’ll miss stretching on the big maroon ‘V’ in the middle of the field, where I take the draw, have participated in dance circles, and epic ground ball battles during practice. Above all I will miss my teammates and the memories we made,” said Maggie Lonsinger. 

    Joining Lonsinger along the attack was Maddie Gallagher. Gallagher was a solid role player last year alongside a quartet of double-digit scorers. While not as prominent in the stat categories Gallagher is known for doing the little things that ultimately contributed to a winning record in 2019.

    “[Gallagher] has a great work ethic, she is easy and fun while also tough and competitive. She is a nice player to have on your roster as she will always raise the bar for those around her,” said Fay Lonsinger

    In the midfield senior leadership was received and expected for 2020 in the form of Janika Ying. Ying tallied 12 goals last year along with 42 ground ball controls as she helped to transition the offense. Ying will be able to have a lifelong story to tell her friends and family after scoring the game-winning goal last year in a 14-13 victory over Columbia. 

    “I was on the center hash of the 8-meter ready to take a free position shot with three seconds left on the clock. The whistle blew and I knew I had to act quickly. I ripped the shot as I was knocked to the ground by a defender, the next thing I knew, I was surrounded by all of my cheering teammates and I'll never forget the joy I felt after that buzzer beater,” said Ying.

    Rounding out the sextet of seniors is Arianna Tietjen. Tietjen had moderate varsity experience in previous years, but was expected to be a key role player for the team’s offense this year. She was a critical component to the Junior Varsity Team producing an impressive 11-2 record last year. 

    “[Tietjen] can run for days, plays attack, and she is a solid voice both on and off the field,” said Fay Lonsinger. 

    All six of these players are moving onto continue their education in four-year colleges next fall where their friends, family, and community will continue to watch for the big expectations they have set forth.

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