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Mount Mercy Academy Lacrosse Team to Rely on Experienced Players

Mon, Apr 8th 2019 01:15 pm


      The Mount Mercy Academy Lacrosse team which opened its season last week will lean on the experience of seven veterans this year.  The team will play a twelve game schedule under the direction of new coach Jodie Galluzzi. She is expecting continual improvement this season. “My expectations for this season are that the girls build on their fundamental skills at practices and in games to hopefully improve last year's record,” Galluzzi stated.

    “I believe the strengths of this team are that we have several skilled players returning to the team this year,” Galluzzi remarked. One of the players that Galluzzi will look to for her leadership and skills is junior Sara Geiser (West Seneca), a Second Team All-Catholic selection in 2018.  Geiser, along with senior Mariah Rullan (Buffalo) and junior Tierney Ashe (Buffalo) are expected to lead the team’s offense this year. Defensively the team will rely on three veteran players, seniors Megan Cycon (West Seneca) and Madeline Szwed (Cheektowaga) and junior Brigid Burke (Buffalo).  Galluzzi expects freshman Lily Janik (Angola) to be a key contributor this season.

    The Magic are practicing hard in hopes of having a successful season. “The key to a successful season will be communication among the players on the field as well as the players staying focused and improving their skills throughout the season,” Galluzzi commented. “We have a small team this year, so the girls staying healthy will also be important for us to have a successful season.”