The Port Washington Girl's Lacrosse team had an exciting 2008 season. The team was lead by senior captains Kaarina Santala and Kristiana Ressa and junior captains KC McCarthy and Alex Bellini.
On April 5, the Lady Vikings hosted "Playing for a Cause" lacrosse tournament that raised $1,100 for the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation. Top teams from both Nassau and Suffolk came to Schreiber to play in a round robin tournament. The Lady Vikings wore pink uniforms during the scrimmages as a way to raise awareness for the disease. "Cancer impacts so many families, including members of our own lacrosse program," Head Coach Raquel Piraino said. "Coach Romano and I felt this opportunity was a great way to raise money and awareness for an outstanding cause." The team and the coaching staff would like to thank everyone; especially the parents for their donations and support.
The 2008 season began with several scrimmages with powerhouses- St. Anthony's, West Babylon and Garden City followed by a non-league game with Baldwin which Port won 16-5. The squad consisted of only four seniors, Kaarina Santala, Maie Lee, Kristianna Ressa and Jackie Mezzetta who unfortunately was sidelined with an injury this season. The majority of the team is returning both players and coaches are excited about what the future holds for this young group.
This season many of the girl's have worked diligently to earn team and county awards such as senior Kaarina Santala who led the Lady Vikings in most points this season; was selected as an All-County player and as the teams Most Valuable Team player. She will be attending Syracuse University this fall. Senior midfielder Kristianna Ressa earned All-Conference honors and was selected as the Nassau County Senior Scholar Athlete and will be attending Villanova University.
Freshman standout Alexa Frocarro received Honorable Mention All-County as a first year varsity member. Other returning 2009 players who received accolades are: Junior attack player Emily Keisman and freshman center Jackie Frocarro both earning
All-Conference Honors. Eighth-grader Chrissy Commons received the Nassau County Unsung Hero award as a defender. Junior Allison Feldman received the Coach's Award, along with freshman goalie Samantha Tilts, being recognized as the teams Most Improved Player.
Coach Piraino and Romano were extremely impressed with the team's work ethic, positive attitude and dedication. Many of the girls on JV and Varsity will be playing this summer on the Black Diamond Summer League at Harbor Links and are also members of the Liberty Lacrosse Club Team. Working in the off-season is crucial in order to be successful with the conference that Port plays in. Varsity Coaches Raquel Piraino and Mary Romano along with Junior Varsity Coaches Liz Hutchinson and C.J. Gober are already looking forward to next year. They like to tell the girls "It is what you do from June to March that makes the difference from March to June." They also would like to encourage any younger athletes to take advantage of the excellent youth leagues Port has to offer such as PYA, along with a challenging middle school program at Weber.