Women’s Lax ranks 2nd among NJCAA colleges


Photo by Gerald M. Maravanyika

Defender Kara Steir (left), attack Caitlyn Shriver and goalie Deanna Valerien (right) prevent a Monroe player from scoring.

Vincent Moreland, Sports Editor

AACC Women’s Lacrosse will enter the playoffs as the No. 2 ranked team in the nation. 

Women’s Lacrosse finished the season with an 11-3 record overall. The Riverhawks will play in the Region 20 tournament, which is beginning on Monday, April 30.

Last year, the Riverhawks lost in the National Championship semi-finals 19-11 to Monroe Community College.

Assistant coach Renee Ruppert said she feels “pretty good” about how the team will perform this year.

“I think we have a very good chance to be successful if we all come together and give 110 percent,” Ruppert said. “I think we will make it far in the playoffs.”

Midfielder Madeline Szanyi said she thinks her team can make it to the Final Four again this year.

“In the last three weeks, we’ve really picked it up,” Szanyi said. “We need to put two and two together. 

“If we can work together as a team and get the ball down the field with no drops, it would be great. We just need to play a whole game. I think we’re ready for the playoffs.”

Defender Payton Baronella-O’Toole, who plays along with her sister Alyssa, said her team is ready for the playoffs.

“We have to work on our defense and all of the basics before the playoffs,” Baronella-O’Toole said.