HALF HOLLOW HILLS, New York, April 16
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
The Thundercolts of Half Hollow Hills’ joint-high school girls lacrosse team are soaring to start the 2015 season.
As of press time on Monday, Hills (4-2) is outscoring its opponents in wins by an outstanding margin of 58-9.
“For us it’s been about winning the draws and controlling the midfield,” Head Coach Lori Horbach said. “When we can do that it gives us more opportunities to score.”
The most-recent Thundercolts win came in the form of a 16-1 triumph over the Eagles of Copiague (0-5) on April 9.
Hills started that win with 10-straight goals in the first half to jump out to an early lead over the Eagles. Julia Pascarella led the Thundercolts in points with 5 on 2 goals and 3 assists. Four-year varsity player Dani Lulley followed up Pascarella’s effort with 4 points of her own on 1 goal and 3 assists. Paulina Difatta, a junior committed to Fairfield University, was solid, once again, for Hills in net as she recorded 4 saves to keep the Eagles offense to just 1 goal.
“Paulina and the defense have been doing a great job… helping us to cause turnovers,” Horbach said.
The win followed a 14-0 effort by the Thundercolts over William Floyd (1-4) in another Division I contest.
In that game, Pascarella shared the top of the scorecard with Jenn Casadonte one of Hills’ leading senior midfielders, as both Thundercolts contributed 5 points. Pascarella, this time, scored 1 goal and recorded 4 assists while Casadonte, a captain who is committed to Notre Dame University, scored 3 goals and added 2 assists. The Thundercolts’ leading scorer, Casie Caiazza added 4 goals in the win as Difatta recorded 4 saves to preserve the shutout.
“Casie has been on the team for five years, but this year she just has a different pep in her step,” Horbach said of Caiazza, who is heading for Molloy College in the fall. “I think that she just wants it a little more this season… We really want to make the playoffs.”
Hills’ remaining two wins came in the form of a 17-0 shutout over Brentwood on March 30 and an 11-8 non-league victory over Commack to start the season on March 25.
Casadonte and Caiazza currently lead the Thundercolts in points with 21.
The Thundercolts are now mid-way through a bit of a break as their next game comes on Tuesday against Smithtown East (3-2) in another Division I matchup.
“This is definitely going to be one of our toughest games,” Horbach said. “We have to keep in mind that games change and the pace of a game can change, so we have to be able to adjust.”
The game against Smithtown East is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. at High School East.
Originally published: Long Islander News: Half Hollow Hills
(Thursday, April 16, 2015; A23)