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March 29, 2012

Young & Restless

Lady Lions lacrosse team opens NFL slate today

LOCKPORT — When Lockport High School girls varsity head coach Natalia Doherty describes this spring’s team as “very young,” she isn’t exagerating.

The 2012 Lady lax Lions have lost more girls to graduation (15) than some schools have players, but that doesn’t bother the optimistic Doherty, who’s returning for her fourth year as LHS head coach.

“I have a very hard working group of girls this year and a lot of them have participated in off-season training. They’re all fighting for a starting position,” Doherty said.

Among Lockport’s key losses to graduation are their top scorers last year Caroline Randall and Carmella DiMillo. Of the 19 players listed on coach Doherty’s roster this year, only two are seniors, Sarah Quast and co-captain Elise Hayden. Lockport’s other co-captain is junior Jamie Dimond.

Rounding out Lockport’s 2012 roster are juniors Mary Bull, Erinne Chamot, Azlia Douglas, Megan Few, Marissa Finnerty, Brittany Ford, Jillian Golding, Paige Kelkenberg, Jenna Minner and Leah Stutz; and sophomores Roserita DiMillo, Rachael Herbst, Melissa Hook, Sarah Quirk, Allison Sakowski and Drusilla Updegrove.

The Lady Lions, who will compete in the Niagara Frontier League, open their regular season at 5 p.m. today, hosting Williamsville North in a non-league contest. The NFL is sponsoring a girls lacrosse league this spring for the first time since 2008. Other NFL girls lacrosse teams include Grand Island, Niagara Falls, Niagara-Wheatfield and North Tonawanda.

After today’s home contest against the Lady Spartans, the Lady Lions will hit the road for four straight road games. Lockport plays at Will South on Tuesday, at Will North on Wednesday, at Niagara Falls on April 17 and at Iroquois on April 20. All are 5 p.m. starts.

After today, the Lady lax Lions will have seven home games remaining on their 2012 schedule.

Lockport hosts Grand Island on April 23, North Tonawanda on April 25, Niagara Falls on May 1, Eden on May 4, Sweet Home on May 7, West Seneca West on May 12 and Niagara-Wheatfield on May 15. All are 5 p.m. starts with the exception of the game against West Seneca West, which is a 1:30 p.m. start.

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