YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Three local lacrosse players—Yorktown’s Alex Scialdone (girls) and Vito DeBellis (boys) and Lakeland's Conor Hufnagel (boys)—have been selected as Under Armour All-Americans.
The honors earn them the opportunity to play in their respective Under Armour All-American tournaments.
The girls tournament will be Aug. 6-7 at Meadowood Park in Baltimore.
“To me, being an All-American means getting the chance to play with some of the best of the best, because I can learn so much from these girls,” said Scialdone, a rising sophomore who plays attack. “I am so excited to being able to play in the UA tournament. I have so many friends who I don't get to see much, and now I get to play with them, which is great.”
Scialdone, who will play on the Conny Girls-Command squad, has already accomplished plenty going into the tournament.
Her list of accomplishments includes the following: 2015-17 Brine National Classic Selection; 2018 Maverick National Classic selection; (2015-17) UNC Camp All-Star Team Summer; (2018-2019) UNC Camp All-Star Fall; member of 2019 U14 US Lacrosse national champions (YJ Thorn); 2019 Under Armour Call Back Academy Selection; 2020 Under Armour 150 selection; and a 2020 Nike 120 Selection.
And though she did not get to compete, Scialdone also made the 2020 Yorktown varsity lacrosse team as a freshman.
“Coming out of the tournament will give me the experience of playing with the best competition, and most people don't get to say that, so I am very thankful for the opportunity,” Scialdone said.
DeBellis, a rising junior goalie, and Hufnagel, a rising senior midfielder, are scheduled to playing for the Conny Boys-Highlight squad in the boys tournament held Aug. 8-9, also at Meadowood Park.
“Being named an Under Armour All-American is a true honor, especially knowing that I get to play with, and against, the best players from around the country,” said DeBellis, a starting goalie for Yorktown's JV A team as a freshman, and a 2020 Maverik Showtime Invitee.
DeBellis said that he has played in Baltimore multiple times, but he has never been as excited as he is now to make this special trip down south.
“I am really looking forward to making a name for myself and showing everyone who watches me to see my true abilities,” said DeBellis, who has a 59.3 save percentage for his travel lacrosse team, the Predators.
Hufnagel said that it is a tremendous honor to be named Under Armour All-American.
“It means that my hard work is paying off, and that I’ll be able to represent our region in the underclass games, as well as gain more experience from playing the top players in the country from different regions,” Hufnagel said.
Hufnagel can't wait for the opportunity to go down to Baltimore.
“I’m looking forward to this a lot, as I’m excited to play with the team in hopes of winning the championship,” Hufnagel said. “From playing in these games, I’m looking to gain experience from playing with and against other top players, which will help me better my game for the upcoming 2021 season, and beyond.”