The 2017-18 New Haven Register Area Girls Lacrosse Team. Compiled by Dan Nowak. Portraits by Catherine Avalone. Designed by Pete Paguaga.
Most Valuable Player
Stats: She led her team with a single-season school record 99 goals and added 23 assists. Had six goals including the game-winner in overtime in a 12-11 win over Pomperaug in the CIAC Class M semifinals. In the Class M final, with the score tied at 8, she scored the game’s last three goals in a win over Hand and a second straight M title.
Honors: All-SCC, All-State, second straight selection for Area MVP.
Off the field: Academic All-State, graduated with high honors, she was the captain for girls cross country and girls lacrosse teams.
Up next: Will play lacrosse at Quinnipiac next season.
Coach of the Year
Stats: The 14-year North Branford coach led her team to a dream season, finishing 10-0 in the Shoreline Conference, defeated Old Lyme 10-7 in the Shoreline Conference tournament final, advanced to the CIAC Class S semifinals for the first time and ended up with a single-season school record 17 wins (17-3 overall). The Thunderbirds scored 303 goals and allowed 192 this season.
Honors: Shoreline Conference Coach of the year, U.S. Lacrosse Coach of the Year.
Off the field: Teaches math at North Branford High, co-president of CHSCA Girls Lacrosse Committee, Rising Stars coach, Senior Lacrosse All-Star coach and organizer, T-Birds assistant coach for field hockey, CJAC Class S representative for girls lacrosse.
Stats: The four-year starter had 33 goals and eight assists. She was Hopkins leading scorer the last two seasons. Had 139 goals and 38 assists for her career. She also had a .530 draw control percentage last season.
Honors: Two-time All-Western New England Prep School selection, Fairchester Athletic Association all-star, also Register All-Area for field hockey.
Off the field: Leader of Sports for Service club which raises money for charities, Pathfinder middle school student tutor.
Up next: Will attend Wake Forest.
Stats: Had 38 goals and 27 assists and won a single-season school record 94 draws. Led the Hornets to the Fairchester Athletic Association tournament quarterfinals. Had three goals, two assists and won 13 draws in a 16-11 win over Harvey in the Western New England Prep School Women’s Lacrosse Association Class C tournament semifinals.
Honors: FAA All-League, WNEPSWLA tournament All-Star team.
Off the field: Academic Honor Roll, also plays field hockey, varsity Math Team, Lower School Mentor.
Stats: Led the Rams with 72 goals and 23 assists and has 123 goals and 53 assists for her career.
Honors: All-SCC, All-State, U.S. Lacrosse All-American, Connecticut All-Star team member for U.S. Lacrosse.
Off the field: Academic All-SCC, selected field hockey captain for next season and lacrosse captain for 2019, Academic All-American for field hockey, Best Buddies Anti-Bullying Club, active volunteer in community including PTSO raking project, SARAH foundation and Colon Cancer RAM Jam, volunteer coach for Cheshire youth lacrosse and youth field hockey.
Stats: Leading goal scorer for the Thunderbirds with 63 goals, also had 14 assists and won 162 draws. Kilburn had four goals and an assist to lead North Branford to a 10-7 win over Old Lyme in the Shoreline Conference championship. Led the Thunderbirds as far as the CIAC Class S semifinals for the first time.
Honors: Two-time All-Shoreline Conference, Shoreline Conference Player of the Year, two-time All-State pick.
Off the field: Shoreline Conference Scholar Athlete award, National Honor Society, Interact Club, volunteer at Old Stone Church, also plays basketball and girls soccer.
Stats: She was one half of the Tigers’ potent 1-2 scoring punch last season along with attack player Taylor Scully. She had three goals to lead Hand to a 12-11 win over Cheshire in the SCC tournament championship game. She also developed into one of the state’stop draw specialists.
Honors: Two-time U.S. Lacrosse All-American, All-SCC and All-State, two-timeAll-Area pick.
Off the field: Honor roll. Past All-Area selection for soccer.
Up next: Will play lacrosse at Boston University.
Stats: Had 39 goals and 58 assists for Branford. Led the Hornets to a 19-3 record and had a goal and an assist in an 11-8 win over Hand in the Class M championship game. It was the second straight M title for the Hornets.
Honors: All-SCC and All-State, four-time Register All-Area selection.
Off the field: National Honor Society, World Language national honors, volunteers at Yale New Haven Hospital.
Up next: Will play lacrosse at St. Francis University in Pennsylvania.
Stats: Had 55 goals and 30 assists for the Thunderbirds. Her best game was in a 10-7 win over Old Lyme in the Shoreline Conference championship where she had three goals and two assists. Led the Thunderbirds to a 17-3 record and to the Class S semifinals for the first time.
Honors: All-Shoreline Conference, All-State, past Register All-Area for field hockey.
Off the field: President of National Honor Society, Student Council, Academic All-State, Academic All-American in field hockey, also plays ice hockey.
Up next: Will attend UConn and hopes to play club field hockey and club lacrosse.
Stats: Her speed and aggressive style of play as a go-to defender who marked opponents’ top players made her one of the top defenders in the state. She had 23 ground balls, seven knockdowns and three interceptions. Led the Rams to the SCC tournament final.
Honors: All-SCC, All-State pick.
Off the field: Academic All-State, Academic All-SCC, All-State and All-SCC for cheerleading, volunteer for Cheshire youth cheerleading.
Up next: Will attend Fairfield University.
Stats: Con offense with 54 goals and 11 assists. She scored her 100th career goal this season. Led the Rams to a 17-4 record and to the Class L state semifinals.
Honors: All-SCC, All-State, past Register All-Area for field hockey.
Off the field: Four-year varsity winner for field hockey, basketball and lacrosse, vice president of FBLA club, Best Buddies, volunteer coach for youth field hockey and youth lacrosse.
Up next: Will compete in women’s lacrosse and study nursing at Endicott.
Stats: Lthe Tigers with 89 goals and 82 assists for 171 points (single-season school record for assists and points). Finished her career with 232 goals and 212 assists for 444 points (school career record for both). Led Hand in goals and assists the last three years. Had four goals and four assists in a 12-10 win against Cheshire in the SCC tournament final. Led Tigers to the Class M final.
Honors: Three-time All-SCC and All-State, three-time Register All-Area pick, SCC Division I Player of the Year.
Off the field: Honor student, CIAC Scholar Athlete, USSF Soccer referee. Past Register All-Area for girls soccer.
Up next: Will play lacrosse at UConn.
Stats: Had a single-season school record 69 goals and added 26 assists and 168 draw controls. Led Guilford to a 14-8 record and to the Class M state semifinals.
Honors: Second team All-SCC, second team All-State, two-time Register All-Area selection, selected to WPLL Futures Team and U.S. Lacrosse National Team representing Connecticut Team I.
Off the field: Volunteer youth lacrosse coach, U.S. Lacrosse official.
Stats: Had 61 goals and seven assists for the Hornets. Led Branford to its second straight Class M title with an 11-8 win over Hand in the final.
Honors: All-SCC, All-State, two-time Register All-Area selection.
Off the field: Academic All-State, high honors, National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Physics club. Past in All-Area field hockey selection.
Up next: Will play lacrosse at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute next season.
Stats: Led the Tigers on the defensive side of the field limiting opponents’ shots on goal with interceptions, knockdowns and initiating the transition to offense by routinely getting ground balls. Led Hand to a 19-3 record and to the CIAC Class M final.
Honors: Two-time All-SCC and All-State and Register All-Area.
Off the field: Academic All-State, high honor student, volunteer for Madison Youth and Family Services, Starfish Community Service Award recipient, Peer Advocate co-leader.
Up next: Will play women’s lacrosse at Skidmore.
Stats: Had 38 goals, 45 assists and 86 draw controls. Led the Cats to a 14-4 record and to the quarterfinals of the NEPSAC Girls Lacrosse Class B Invitational Tournament. One of her best games was in a 14-13 OT win over Rye where she had four goals and two assists including the game-winning goal.
Honors: All-SCC, NEPSAC Class B All-Tournament team, Connecticut Rising Stars team, Under Armour Top 150 selection.
Off the field: Named soccer captain for next season. NEPSAC soccer All-Star, Student Ambassador, volunteer for Lights of Hope foundation.