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DLN ALL-AREA: 2021 Girls Lacrosse Teams

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Rachel Clark, Conestoga

FIRST TEAM

Caroline Brennan, Downingtown East

Senior attack was a potent scoring force for the Cougars, scoring 90 goals and dishing out 51 assists. For her all-around standout play, she was named PASLA Most Valuable Player for the Ches-Mont National Division, and received first team All-Ches-Mont League honors. Will play for Monmouth University next spring.

Riley Glackin, Unionville

Senior attack scored 66 goals and dished out 68 assists for the Longhorns, while causing 37 turnovers by the opposition and collecting 47 ground balls. Was PASLA Most Valuable Player for the Ches-Mont American Division and a first team All-Ches-Mont League selection. Will play for Coastal Carolina next spring.

Kate Galica, Conestoga

Sophomore midfielder, a first team All-Central League selection and first team All-American, was a potent all-around performer for the PIAA 3A state semifinalists, scoring 76 goals, winning 111 draw controls causing 50 enemy turnovers, collecting 52 ground balls and dishing out 20 assists.

Michelle Warren, Bishop Shanahan

Senior attack and tri-captain was a powerful scorer and all-around performer for the Ches-Mont League and District 1 2A champions, scoring 52 goals and dishing out 23 assists. A first team All-Ches-Mont League selection, she will be playing for Rutgers next spring.

Maddie Greco, Downingtown West

Speedy junior midfielder was a potent scorer this spring, tallying 55 goals. Penn State commit, a first team All-Ches-Mont selection, received the Whippets’ Most Valuable Player award, winning 55 draw controls, collecting 36 ground balls and causing 26 opposition turnovers. Received PASLA All Academic honors.

Ellie Udo, Bishop Shanahan

Junior midfielder was a potent scorer and strong on the draw control for the Ches-Mont and District 1 2A champs, tallying 59 goals, dishing out 16 assists and winning 64 draw controls. Received first team All-Ches-Mont League honors and is committed to Brown University.

Bryn Rochon, Downingtown West

Senior midfielder led the Whippets in scoring with 58 goals despite missing last six games with injury. Was a fine all-around performer who won 45 draw controls and collected 22 ground balls. A first team All-Ches-Mont League selection, she will be playing for the University of Delaware next spring. Received PASLA All Academic honors.

Anna Brown, Unionville

Sophomore midfielder was noted for her skill on the draw control and her prolific scoring. Won 129 draw controls for the Longhorns, scored 71 goals, caused 37 opposition turnovers and collected 47 ground balls. Received first team All-Ches-Mont League honors.

Nickie Prendergast, Downingtown East

Senior midfielder was a fine all-around performer for the Cougars, winning 102 draw controls, scoring 48 goals, dishing out 17 assists and collecting 31 ground balls. Received first team All-Ches-Mont League honors. Will play for American University next spring.

Caelan O’Conner, Downingtown West

Senior defender ran the Whippets’ tenacious defense this spring, causing a team-leading 38 enemy turnovers (3 per game), collecting 36 ground balls, and making 8 interceptions. A first team All-Ches-Mont selection, she will be playing for Quinnipiac next spring. Received PASLA All Academic honors.

Megan Marengo, Conestoga

Senior midfielder and captain, a first team All-Central League selection and a first team All-American as well as Academic All-American, was a potent force for the PIAA 3A state semifinalists, providing solid scoring (18 goals) as well as tough defense for the Pioneers this spring. Will be playing for the U.S. Naval Academy next spring.

Emma Schwarz, Kennett

Senior was a potent scorer for the Blue Demons this spring, with a penchant for tallying goals at key moments. Received first team All-Ches-Mont League honors. A fine all-around athlete who will play field hockey for Villanova University in the fall.

Katie Chisholm, West Chester Rustin

Senior midfielder/defender, a first team All-Ches-Mont League selection, was noted for her fine all-around play, tough defense and mastery of the draw control. Will play lacrosse next spring for Ohio State University.

Margie Carden, Villa Maria Academy

Senior attack was the AACA’s Most Valuable Player and an Academic All-American. Was a potent scorer for a powerful Hurricane squad this spring, tallying 108 goals in 24 games and dishing out 82 assists. Will play lacrosse for Tufts University next spring.

Kaitlyn Giandonato, Great Valley

Sophomore midfielder/attack was first team All-Ches-Mont League selection. Was a potent scorer for the Patriots, particularly in the PIAA post-season, as she tallied five goals against Garnet Valley in the District 1 3A playoffs.

Kaitlin Caban, Great Valley

Junior defender/midfielder was first team All-Ches-Mont League selection. A fine all-around athlete who also has received all-area honors in soccer from the Daily Local News.

Sydney Manning, Great Valley

Sophomore was first team All-Ches-Mont League selection at goalie. Kept the Patriots in many a game this spring with her standout work in the net.

SECOND TEAM

Delaney Turner, junior attack, West Chester Henderson
Aliza Thir, senior midfielder, Downingtown West
Marley Rhymes, senior attack, Coatesville
Shannon Garvey, senior midfielder, Unionville
Hazel Gardner, senior midfielder, Downingtown East
Lily Dietrich, senior attack, Unionville
Lauren Tinson, junior midfielder, Downingtown West
Grace DePrisco, junior midfielder, West Chester Henderson
Alexis McClain, junior midfielder, West Chester Rustin
Meg Corrigan, junior midfielder, Great Valley
Darby Whalen, senior defender/midfielder, Bishop Shanahan
Paris Masaracchia, junior defender/midfielder, Bishop Shanahan
Molly Atwell, sophomore defender, Coatesville
CeCe Newman, junior goalie, Bishop Shanahan
Skylar Carey, senior defender, Conestoga
Alana Lepore, junior goalie, Conestoga
Kyla Branco, senior goalie, Villa Maria Academy
Abby Irvine, senior defender, Villa Maria Academy
Kaelyn Wolfe, sophomore midfielder, Villa Maria Academy
Alex Touey, senior midfielder, Villa Maria Academy

HONORABLE MENTION

Avon Grove – Delaney Ashworth, Francesca MacGregor, Karly Fanelli
Bishop Shanahan – Lila Ceribelli, Liv Murphy
Coatesville – Lainey McGaughey, Maya Rhymes, Ella Pittenger
Conestoga – Kat Bielinski, Anna DeVuono, Claire Newhall, Addi Bucher
Downingtown East – Eileen Hewitt, Dylan Kropp
Downingtown West – Lainey Straub, Chloe Morgan
Great Valley – Sydney Lavin, Mikenna Schneider
Kennett – Vivian Chiomento, Mary Carroll
Oxford – Alexis Reinard, Mackenzie Clark
Unionville – Alexis Brown, Liza Cawley, Kenzie Malloy
West Chester East – Molly Smeins, Ava Carnevale
West Chester Henderson – Ella Tunnell, Julia Bixler
West Chester Rustin – Christine DiTizio, Marissa Betchyk

Coach of the Year

Kacy Small, Bishop Shanahan

The Bishop Shanahan girls’ lacrosse team, which captured the Ches-Mont League title and the District 1 2A championship, was coached by Kacy Small, the Daily Local News 2021 Girls Lacrosse Coach of the Year.

Small paid tribute to his coaching staff of Chelsea Jamison, Steph Lukens, Hannah Jaskuta and Julianna Radzinski.

“None of this could have been accomplished without the endless hours they put in all year round – they have been here all four years, from Day 1,” said Small. “Their support for the girls and the program is inspiring.”

This is Small’s fourth year of coaching the Eagles, if you count the COVID-cancelled 2020 campaign. In 2018, his first year, the Eagles won the opening round of the PIAA District 1 2A tournament, then the following year placed third in the District 1 tourney.

The Eagles posted a 17-4 overall record this spring.

“This was my first four-year senior class – this year’s seniors were freshmen when I started at Shanahan in 2018,” said Small. “We talked about putting our program on the map from Day 1 in 2018, and we talked about honoring the 2020 seniors this year. Our girls did both of those things this spring – I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

Prior to coaching at Shanahan, Small was the offensive coordinator for the Hill School boys lacrosse team for six years. Before that, he was the Daniel Boone boys’ lacrosse head coach for five years, helping the team advance from club status to a varsity program.

Small started coaching girls’ lacrosse during his time at Hill School, coaching a girls’ club team, 380 Lacrosse, during the summer and fall.

He played in the 2014 FIL World Championship in Denver as captain of the Thailand National team and has been a six-time speaker/presenter at the US Lacrosse National Convention.

Small also runs Shake School Lacrosse, where he trains pro lacrosse players, runs clinics with Team USA pros such as Kylie Ohlmiller and Meg Douty, and works with Division I college coaches and athletes.

“We’re building a program at Shanahan based around culture,” said Small. “We’ve got great players, great parents and great people.”

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