On Tuesday, May 23, the girls’ varsity lacrosse team lost to Northport by a score of 12-7 in the semifinals of the Division I playoffs.
With 12 regular season wins and a home playoff victory over Huntington, it was another tremendous season for the program.
Congratulations to first-year head coach Nicole Alesi, assistant coaches Krystal Burke and Paige Sherlock, and the talented student-athletes for putting together a season to be proud of!
In the opening round playoff, the No. 3. Colonials defeated No. 6 Huntington 10-7! Kayla Gilmore led the scoring for William Floyd with three goals, Natalie Samlihan and Ava Tiedemann had two each, and Kayden Meyer, Jayla Pimentel and Jacky Sutherland added one goal apiece. Makayla Inguanta was strong in the net with six saves. It was an all-around team performance!
Next up for the Colonials is a semifinal match away against No. 2 Northport on Tuesday, May 23 at 4 pm.
Please note that Section XI charges a fee for this round of the playoffs and beyond. The cost is $8.35 each (including service fee) and tickets can be purchased at this link.
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For the third consecutive season, the William Floyd High School girls’ varsity lacrosse team will be competing in the playoffs! Under the leadership of first-year varsity head coach Nicole Alesi and assistant coaches Krystal Burke and Paige Sherlock, the Colonials were a dominant team in Division I, finishing with an outstanding 12-4 overall record. For their efforts, William Floyd earned the No. 3 seed and will host No. 6 Huntington on Friday, May 19 at 4 pm in Section XI’s Division I playoff bracket.
The key to William Floyd’s success this season was a prolific offensive attack. The Colonials tallied a staggering 188 goals scored in the regular season, while only surrendering 94. The Colonials averaged nearly 12 goals per game, putting them among the most dangerous offensive teams in Suffolk County.
The tremendous success this season for the Colonials didn’t come without hard work and dedication.
“Since July, the girls have put in a lot of work,” said Coach Alesi. “Whether it was on their own travel teams or during our program practices, the girls put in the work for months before the season started. It has been awesome to see them working hard and together as a team.”
The hard-working Colonials saw their efforts pay off throughout the season. A 12-2 Division I record is among the best in the program’s history, highlighted by a victory over No. 1 ranked Ward Melville. “This season, we beat Ward Melville which was the result of teamwork, discipline and everyone doing their job on the field,” Coach Alesi added.
Perhaps the Colonials will repeat history in the playoffs.
This successful regular season also came with individual milestones. Star student-athlete Kayla Gilmore led all of Suffolk County in goals this season with 64, and surpassed 500 career draw control wins this season as well. Gilmore finished fifth in total points in Suffolk County. Jacky Sutherland tallied 43 goals and 16 assists, also placing her among the top scorers in the county. Goaltender McKayla Inguanta recorded 88 saves this season, including her 100th career save and Emma DiMaio registered her 100th career point on offense while finishing tied for second in assists in Suffolk County with 41.
With the playoffs approaching, Coach Alesi understands her team will need to stay focused on the team in front of them. “Our expectations during the playoffs are to stay focused one game at a time, continue to get better every day and do our job on and off the field.”
William Floyd High School girls’ varsity lacrosse 2023 roster includes Ava Costanzo, Emma DiMaio, Allison Filosa, Brooke Gilhauley, Kayla Gilmore, Julia Hipperling, Julia Huertas, Makayla Inguanta, Payton LaVallee, Kayden Meyer, Emily Murtha, Faith Petersen, Courtney Petersen, Jayla Pimentel, Natalie Samlihan, Samantha Seaman, Jacky Sutherland, Ava Tiedemann and Madison Widecki.
Additional photos are available in the album below!
- WF High School