It’s extremely tough to pick out just the top five girls lacrosse players in the state with so many elite players statewide. But here are some of my choices for players to keep an eye on during the CIAC state tournaments.
• Cameron Ruberti, Hand: Impressive sophomore Taylor Scully has certainly made an impact as the Tigers’ top scorer. But senior Ruberti’s midfield role as a point-guard/field general type of player will be key in the CIAC Class M tournament. She is one of the team’s top distributors and key players in transition. She has also developed into a strong scoring threat for the Tigers.
• Meghan Dutchyshyn, Cheshire: While the Rams have been developing chemistry and roles throughout the season, senior attack player Dutchyshyn has been a constant as the team’s top scorer. Dutchyshyn is a matchup nightmare. If left alone she will usually score. If she is double- or triple-teamed, the Rams’ balanced offensive attack will take advantage with scoring coming from five or six other players.
• Catherine Granito, New Canaan: She is one of the prolific scorers for the Rams and usually scores in bunches. She had three goals in the Rams’ 13-7 win over Hand in the Class M final last season. The speedy, aggressive player has made a verbal commitment to play at Michigan.
• Carly Schoudel, Darien: The Blue Wave have waves and waves of elite players who could be in this spot and many who are prolific scorers. But defense will be key for the three-time defending Class L champs. First-year goalie Schoudel has proven formidable in leading Darien to a 15-1-1 record. She has shown no ill effects from the pressure of postseason play with seven saves in a 15-3 win over Greenwich in the recent FCIAC semifinals.
• Maddie Norman, Glastonbury: Norman is one of the top attack players in the north. She led a Tomahawks team that had one of the toughest regular-season schedules among northern teams. She led the Tomahawks to a 10-6 regular season record. The six losses came against SCC power Hand, FCIAC powers New Canaan, Wilton and Greenwich and two out-of-state teams.