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From kicks to sticks for PA girls

Sara Ruby scores first goal for new Pittston Area girls lacrosse team


April 02. 2013 3:01PM
By JACK SMILES




The next Pittston Area lacrosse team fund raiser is a “Night Out” at the Red Mill Tavern on April 13 from 7 p.m. to 10.



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The score was ugly. The game was beautiful. The Pittston Area girls lacrosse team lost 18-1 to Delaware Valley on Tuesday in Hughestown, but it didn’t matter, because history was made.


The game was the first-ever lacrosse game at PA and it was the culmination of dream for a lot of Pittston Area parents and athletes. Playing in hand-me-down soccer jerseys and with sticks and protective goggles they bought themselves, the girls were thrilled just be on the field.


“I was nervous and excited,” said Junior Sara Ruby, who scored that historic first goal. “The whole team was nervous and excited. We calmed down in the second half and did a better job doing what the coaches taught us.”


Ruby said the goal was thrilling for her in two ways. “It’s amazing. I’ll have the memory of scoring the first goal and I had the assist from my best friend Liz Mikitish. It couldn’t be any better.”


A year ago Ruby, Mikitish, Katelyn Pugliese and Jordan Cumbo were playing soccer together for the Lady Patriots. But the PIAA mandated that soccer move to the fall and that opened up a spring opportunity for the soccer players to play lacrosse.


Getting out on the field to play was meaningful for Ruby, aside from making history. She tore an ACL during soccer season and lacrosse gave her a chance to play with her teammates again.


While officially the team is listed as a club, they are playing a WVC schedule as one of seven teams along with Wyoming Sem, Delaware Valley, Dallas, Coughlin, Lake Lehman and Crestwood. Like PA, Crestwood is a first-year team.


The other teams are established. It’s no wonder PA lost by a lopsided score. Ruby, and most of the other girls, had never picked up a lacrosse stick before three weeks ago.


The idea for the team came from Casey Donahue, the father of PA assistant soccer coach Sarah Donahue who suggested it at a soccer game.


The school board gave the team $4,500. The girls and their parents are in the process of raising the rest of the estimated $8,000 it will take to run the team this season


The $4,500 covered the coaches and some of the general expenses. Emily Foley, who played college Lacrosse at Misercordia, is the head coach. Her assistant is Danielle Gross.


Other expenses are $1,500 to outfit two goalies, $1,100 for away game buses, $140 per game for officials and $1,500 for nets, balls and goals.


So far, through fund raisers such as a pizza sale and sponsor donations from First Class K9, Lombardo’s Quick Mart and Healey’s plumbing, the team has raised about $2,000.


The goal after raising the $8,000 to run this season is to raise money for jerseys.


Pioneers of Pittston Area lacrosse are: seniors, Jordan Cumbo, Carmella Gagliardi, Kaalyn Girman, Liz Mikitish, and Rachel Simansky; juniors, Emily Herron, Sara Ruby, Ciara Smith; sophomores, Kristen Capitano, Bianca Concert, Linko Rebecca, Elaina Menichelli, Britney Pintha, Katelyn Pugliese, Sydney Ralston, Nicole Walters; freshman, Kayla Williams, Dana Zalewski, Brianna Falvo, Kallie Healey, Nicole Karuzie, Tabytha Bastek, Bianca Mattei-Miller, Lucia Menichelli-Bales, Alyssa Neare, Haley Norwillo.


PA Lacrosse Schedule


Thursday April 4 at Dallas


Monday April 8 at Wyoming Sem


Thurs. April 11 at Coughlin


Monday April 15 at Crestwood


Friday April 19 vs. Lake Lehman


Mon. April 22 at Delaware Valley


Thurs. April 25 vs. Dallas


Monday, April 29 vs. Wyoming Sem


Thursday May 2 vs. Coughlin


Monday, May 6 vs. Crestwood


Friday, May 10 at Lake LehmanThe idea for the team came from Casey Donahue, the father of PA assistant soccer coach Sarah Donahue who suggested it at a soccer game.


The school board gave the team $4,500. The girls and their parents are in the process of raising the rest of the estimated $8,000 it will take to run the team this season


The $4,500 covered the coaches and some of the general expenses. Emily Foley, who played college Lacrosse at Misercordia, is the head coach. Her assistant is Danielle Gross.


Other expenses are $1,500 to outfit two goalies, $1,100 for away game buses, $140 per game for officials and $1,500 for nets, balls and goals.


So far, through fund raisers such as a pizza sale and sponsor donations from First Class K9, Lombardo’s Quick Mart and Healey’s plumbing, the team has raised about $2,000.


The goal after raising the $8,000 to run this season is to raise money for jerseys.


Pioneers of Pittston Area lacrosse are: seniors, Jordan Cumbo, Carmella Gagliardi, Kaalyn Girman, Liz Mikitish, and Rachel Simansky; juniors, Emily Herron, Sara Ruby, Ciara Smith; sophomores, Kristen Capitano, Bianca Concert, Linko Rebecca, Elaina Menichelli, Britney Pintha, Katelyn Pugliese, Sydney Ralston, Nicole Walters; freshman, Kayla Williams, Dana Zalewski, Brianna Falvo, Kallie Healey, Nicole Karuzie, Tabytha Bastek, Bianca Mattei-Miller, Lucia Menichelli-Bales, Alyssa Neare, Haley Norwillo.


PA Lacrosse Schedule


Thursday April 4 at Dallas


Monday April 8 at Wyoming Sem


Thurs. April 11 at Coughlin


Monday April 15 at Crestwood


Friday April 19 vs. Lake Lehman


Mon. April 22 at Delaware Valley


Thurs. April 25 vs. Dallas


Monday, April 29 vs. Wyoming Sem


Thursday May 2 vs. Coughlin


Monday, May 6 vs. Crestwood


Friday, May 10 at Lake Lehman


 
 
 


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