The 2015 New Haven Register All-Area Girls Lacrosse Team. Capsules by Dan Nowak.
Most Valuable Player
- Stats: Had a single-season school record 128 goals and holds the school’s all-time scoring record with 317 goals. Also had 37 assists and 75 ground balls. Had eight goals and an assist in an 18-6 win over Guilford in the SCC tournament championship game.
- Honors: Named a 2015 U.S. Lacrosse All-American and Academic All-American, two-time Register All-Area MVP, Hartford Courant Player of the Year, three-time All-SCC.
- Off the field: Member of the National Honor Society, played in the Hand marching band, Peer-Advocates member.
- Up next: She will play lacrosse at Fairfield.
Coach of the Year
- Stats: Mortali, who has coached at Old Saybrook for 16 years, led the Rams to the CIAC Class S championship game where they lost 14-13 to Granby in double overtime. The Rams won the inaugural Shoreline Conference tournament championship with a 13-12 win over Old Lyme in the final and finished 16-4 overall.
- Honors: Named Shoreline Conference Coach of the Year in 2014.
- Off the field: Teaches art at Old Saybrook.
Hopkins, Jr., Midfield
- Stats: Considered the team’s best all-around player by coach Eric Mueller, she had 32 goals and 14 assists to lead the Hilltoppers.
- Honors: Named to the Western New England Prep School Women’s Lacrosse All-Star team. Off the field: Founder and co-head of the Sports for Service club at the school, co-chairman of the Habitat for Humanity club, member of the Prom Committee, youth lacrosse official and helps out as a tutor. Captain-elect for girls lacrosse, girls basketball and field hockey next season.
Old Saybrook, Sr., Midfield
- Stats: Had 97 goals and 34 assists to lead the Rams to the CIAC Class S championship game. Had 10 goals combined in the Shoreline Conference tournament.
- Honors: Two-time Register All-Area selection, four-time All-Shoreline conference and All-State pick.
- Off the field: Member of the National Honor Society, member of the student council, also played girls soccer and basketball, first team All-Shoreline Conference and All-State in girls basketball, three-time Shoreline Conference scholar athlete.
- Up next: Will play lacrosse at Saint Anselm.
Hamden, Sr., Midfield
- Stats: Had 84 goals and 45 assists to lead the Green Dragons to a 9-7-1 record. Her best game was when she scored nine goals in a 15-14 win over Windsor.
- Honors: All-SCC pick and played in the Senior All-Star game,
- Off the field: Played soccer, girls ice hockey and lacrosse all four years, SCC player of the year for girls ice hockey. volunteered to help youth learn how to play hockey.
- Up next: Will play lacrosse at Southern Connecticut State.
Cheshire, Jr., Attack
- Stats: Had 61 goals and nine assists and led the Rams to a 10-9 overall record. Led the Rams to a five-game win streak during the regular season and led the Rams to the CIAC Class L quarterfinals.
- Honors: First team All-SCC pick and member of the Super Juniors team.
- Off the field: Also plays field hockey, member of the Best Buddies club and a volunteer with Cheshire Lights of Hope.
Hopkins, Jr., Attack
- Stats: Had 43 goals and 24 assists to lead the Hilltoppers, including five goals and an assist in a 12-10 upset over Taft in the season finale. Hopkins’ leading scorer the last two seasons.
- Honors: Selected a New England Prep School All-Star, captain-elect for the 2016 season.
- Off the field: Daughter of longtime Hopkins boys lacrosse coach Sandy MacMullen. Also plays girls soccer and girls basketball.
Hand, Sr., Midfield
- Stats: One-half of the 1-2 scoring punch for the Tigers with Lauren Cole, Mammele had 72 goals and a team-high 39 assists. Ended up with 154 career goals and 84 assists. Also won 72 percent of her draws. Led the Tigers to the CIAC Class M final. Best overall game came when Hand beat Guilford 18-6 in the SCC tournament championship game with 12 draw controls (84 percent draws won), two goals and four assists.
- Honors: Named SCC lacrosse tournament Most Outstanding Player, team captain, U.S. Lacrosse All-American, U.S. Lacrosse All-Academic team, Hand’s CIAC Female Scholar Athlete of the Year, first team All-SCC and All-State, SCC Player of the Year, two-time All-Area lacrosse and All-Area field hockey selection.
- Off the field: Captain of SCC and CIAC Class M champion field hockey team, where she is a two-time All-Area pick.
- Up next: Will play lacrosse at Fairfield with teammate Lauren Cole.
Branford, Fr., Midfield
- Stats: Had 52 goals and 19 assists and led the Hornets to a 10-8 record.
- Honors: First team All-SCC selection.
- Off the field: High honors student. Also is a defender on the field hockey team, member of the Model Congress club, camp counselor at Hartford County 4-H camp, volunteer at Brian’s Hope Triathlon and the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter.
Guilford, Sr., Midfield
- Stats: Had 53 goals, 16 assists and 55 ground balls to lead the Indians to a 14-6 overall record. She led Guilford to the SCC championship game and the CIAC Class M quarterfinals.
- Honors: Two-time Register All-Area selection, two-time first team All-SCC and two-time All-State pick. Named the Guilford Offensive Player of the Year.
- Off the field: Also played goalie for the girls ice hockey team.
- Up next: Will play ice hockey at UMass-Boston.
Guilford, Sr., Defender
- Stats: One of the top defenders in the SCC, she led the Indians to the SCC tournament final where they lost 18-6 to Hand. Led the Indians to the CIAC Class M quarterfinals. Also had 10 goals and 10 assists.
- Honors: First team All-SCC and All-State pick, All-State Academic team selection, Guilford Scholar Athlete award.
- Up next: Will play lacrosse at Gettysburg College.
Hand, Sr., Defender
- Stats: One of the top defenders in the state, she is one reason the Tigers allowed six goals or less in 14 of 22 games. Led the Tigers to the SCC regular-season title (9-0), SCC tournament championship with an 18-6 win over Guilford and to the CIAC Class M state final. Hand ended up 20-2 overall.
- Honors: First team All-SCC and All-State pick, team tri-captain.
- Off the field: High honor student, also played field hockey.
- Up next: Will attend Hotchkiss School for a post-grad year.
Old Saybrook, Sr., Midfield
- Stats: A defensive midfielder, she also contributed on offense with 25 goals and 32 assists. According to coach Al Mortali, “On defense, Hudson was a rock in the middle of chaos.” She led the Rams to a 16-4 overall record and 11-1 in the Shoreline Conference.
- Honors: U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete, two-time first team All-State and three-time first team All-Shoreline Conference.
- Off the field: Also plays field hockey, vice president of the Interact club.
- Up next: Will play Division I lacrosse at Presbyterian.
Old Saybrook, Sr., Attack
- Stats: Finished the season with 54 goals and 30 assists and led the team to a 16-4 overall record. She had five goals and four assists in the Shoreline Conference tournament.
- Honors: A tri-captain for the Rams.
- Off the field: Also played girls soccer.
- Up next: Will attend Ithaca.
Hand, Sr., Goalie
- Stats: Had a 6.7 goals-against average, a .540 save-percentage and 143 saves overall to lead the Tigers to a 20-2 overall record For her career, she had a 7.8 goals-against average, .538 save-percentage and made 310 saves overall.
- Honors: Selected first team CHSCA All-State, first team All-SCC and was named a U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American.
- Off the field: Also a four-year member of the ski team and was a Girl Scout for 13 years.
- Up next: She will play lacrosse at Plymouth State.
Lauralton Hall, So., Midfield
- Stats: Had a single-season school record 116 points (65 goals, 51 assists) along with 97 draw controls and 55 ground balls and led the Crusaders to a 14-5 record. Her best game of the season was when she had four goals, three assists and 10 draw controls in a 15-4 win over Cheshire.
- Honors: First team All-SCC and Team MVP.
- Off the field: High honor student, member National Honor Society, also plays volleyball, member of the Environmental club.
- Up next: Verbally committed to play lacrosse at Cal-Berkley.