The PV girls lacrosse team's first ever state tournament win can give the team a feeling that they ended the 2017 season with a sense of glory.
In eleven years, the girls' lacrosse program at Pascack Valley never reached that big goal at the end of the spring sport season until now. Coach Velez's crew not only won, but they dominated the competition.
On Monday night, the five seeded PV team took down the twelve seeded Passaic Valley Hornets 17-3. The score was 11-0 at halftime.
Velez compared the event to another big event that occurred very recently in the girls' lacrosse program at PV.
"I think it’s very similar to Jenny (LaRocca), now we’ve set a new bar for ourselves and obviously we want to surpass that," Velez said. "I think they played really well in [that] game. I think the next one will be a very competitive game, but I think they definitely will beat them and work hard." LaRocca scored her 100th career goal in the win.
"It was a really great game because we got a lot of different people to score, so it was really exciting," Junior defense player Nicole Arden said. "Amanda (White) and Maddie (Rosenthal) both got their first goals and Shannon Culloo had an assist. It was nice that everyone was able to experience it in our first ever win in a state game." White had two goals, a ground ball, and a draw control, making both of her shots on goal. Rosenthal scored once on two attempts.
Unfortunately, PV's season ended in the second round of the state tournament aganist Wayne Valley by a close 12-11 score. Elisabeth Ralph scored four times, LaRocca scored five times, while Abby Twomey and Maddy Carullo scored one apiece.