BY LILY KELLY
After going undefeated in the regular season and reaching the GMC Finals, the girls lacrosse team’s season has come to an end. The team has had many memorable moments and created close, special bonds that will continue for years to come.
The highs and lows of the season made for an exciting experience. “We went into the county tournament being undefeated, and made it to the finals, but unfortunately fell short,” said junior Gabrielle Walker, who was named co-GMC Player of the Year with teammate Jenna Scopellite, who is also a junior. “I am so proud of everything we have accomplished.”
The girls maintained a winning streak of 14 games that carried them through their regular season and to the GMC Finals, where they fell to North Brunswick. “Winning our division and going into the GMC tournament undefeated are both great accomplishments. We made it to the finals which was the biggest team goal, and, although it wasn’t the result we wanted, we had so much more to be proud of,” said Scopellite, who scored 31 goals this season.
The season stands as one of the best seasons ever, even by the standards of this very successful program. “I think this is the best season I’ve played in high school and our record shows it,” shared Samantha Bennett, who has played varsity since her freshman year.
In addition to an outstanding season on the field, the players noted many highlights and memorable moments off the field. “We’ve had so many memorable moments! The senior night that took weeks of planning was a huge success and it was one of the most unforgettable nights honoring our seniors.” Jenna Scopellite said.
One of the seniors honored that night, treasures the fun and unexpected moments with her teammates. “One time it started to thunder 2 minutes into a game, so we had to wait on the bus a little until they canceled the game. While we waited, we played music and got the whole bus to sing along,” remembered Bennett, who was named Second Team All Division.
On the field this team has been extremely successful, and off the field they were able to spend time as a team and connect with one another. “Off the field, we act as a true family, and I’m almost certain that I have never seen a team so close until this one!” shared senior and GMC Defensive Player of the Year Ciera Pellicciotta.
While some of the team’s top players will graduate and move on, such as standout goalie Joey Grotkopf who notched over 200 hundred career saves over three seasons, the team will return a strong core for next season, including the two top scorers in Scopellite and Walker. Walker promises, “We have played so amazing together and will continue to show what Old Bridge Lacrosse is made of.”
Posted on 6/8/22
Photos by Tim O’Neill