Girls Lacrosse: Midseason Check In

Cara Lawton, staff writer

The Pioneers are off to a hot start having a record of 11-2, the best start through thirteen games in program history. They are on pace to break a school record, which would be exceeding 15 wins, to finish with the best record New Providence Girls Lacrosse has ever had.

There is no question that this year is different for the Pioneers. Goalie Cassie Barbarisi said: “this year is different from the others I have played because I feel like the team bond is stronger and as a team we are able to work together and fix each other’s mistakes, which allows us to be a great team.”

Other than a chance at achieving memorable team milestones, there have been some great individual achievements as well. Barbarsi has reached her 200th save, very impressive considering she is only half way through her second season, having lost lost her freshman year to COVID. She currently has 122 saves on the 2022 season with a game high of 14 saves against Cranford, and an additional 142 saves from the 2021 season. Throughout her career, she has a save percentage of 0.470. 

After reaching this milestone, Barbarisi said: “It gave me pride and a desire to get more saves and it has made me grateful being able to play with such great players that have helped me get to that milestone.”

In addition, senior Reagan Wawzycki has just reached her 200th goal milestone, being one of a selective group to reach this number. She reached her 100th goal only 7 games into her second season as a junior, and now has 208 goals through 52 career games. Currently, she is leading the team in scoring and points with 53 goals and 67 points. In her past two seasons, she had a 96 point and 100 point season averaging around 77 goals per season.

The Union County Tournament starts on Saturday April 30, and the Pioneers will face off against their rivals Governor Livingston in the first round. If they are victorious, they will play against Kent Place in the quarter final round, the only team they have lost to this season.

The following Saturday holds the Senior Day game against familiar foe Governor Livingston. The Senior Day ceremony will be held before the game and will be honoring seniors Caitlin Foti, Brooke DeSarno, Reagan Wawzycki, Megan Barlow, Marilyn Keating, Mikayla Lawlor, and Roxanne Sabel. 

With about two weeks to go before the state tournament begins, the Pioneers are currently ranked fourth in South Group 1, only behind Haddonfield, Glen Ridge, and West Deptford.