Over the next several weeks, the Rochester Knighthawks will be front and center on the local high school lacrosse scene as part of a weekly series that will feature the latest news and notes, scores and stats of select games around the Greater Rochester Area.
This week’s High School Game of the Week features the Spencerport Rangers (1-7) visiting the Brockport Blue Devils (3-5) in girl’s lacrosse action on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Spencerport comes into the matchup having struggled this season, dropping four of its last five and showing a 1-7 record through its first eight games of the spring. The Rangers’ lone win in that span, however, did come in dominating fashion with a 20-4 thrashing over Eastridge back on April 6.
Led by ninth-year head coach Patricia Condon, Spencerport returns three of its core players this season in senior attack Ruby DePalma and Livia Fedele and junior goaltender Mckenna Hussar. The trio were named Monroe County All-League Second Team selections at their respective positions in 2021 with Hussar earning the honors as a sophomore.
Despite being in her second season with the Rangers, sophomore midfielder Molly Guzik leads the team in both goals (18) and points (22) while appearing in all eight games this season. As a freshman in 2021, Guzik produced at least one goal in 16 of the 17 games and topped all Brockport players with 42 goals and ranked second in points (49).
Fedele has found the scoresheet on a consistent basis this spring for the Rangers as she has totaled 17 goals and 19 points in eight contests. The senior attacker has registered two four-goal while also recording a season-high five-goal outing on April 13.
Fedele and Guzik have helped fill the void left by the departure of Lily DePalma and Hailey Rooney, who collectively last season made up one of the most dynamic offensive duos across Section V.
DePalma, who’s now attending the University of Chicago, led Spencerport in scoring with 63 points, closing out her tenure with 146 career points as one of the most decorated players in the history of the program. She left the program as a two-time Section V (Class B) All-Tournament Team selection and Monroe County All-League Second Team selection as well as a US Lacrosse All-Academic and All-Greater Rochester Honorable Mention selection,
She currently serves as a coach at FCA Upstate Lacrosse.
Notable Spencerport girl’s lacrosse alumni include Natalie Choate (UMASS Lowell) – Emily Coykendall (Florida Southern University) – Erin Coykendall (Northwestern) – Lily DePalma (University of Chicago) – Kelly Mohan (Edinboro) – Alexis Plouffe (Fredonia) – Sara Roman (St. John Fisher) – Hailey Rooney (Canisius) – Camryn Sack (Duquesne) – Olivia Schroeder (Niagara) – Catherine Wall (Canisius) – Olivia Wall (Cornell University).
Brockport, meanwhile, comes into the matchup led by head coach Amy Nesbitt, who is in her fifth season. The Blue Devils began the campaign with two wins in their first three games but have gone just 1-4 since.
Attacker Natalie Cuzzupoli, who was a Monroe County All-League Second Team selection in 2021 after finishing with a team-high 40 goals and 42 points in 14 games, returns for her senior season. In eight games this spring, Cuzzupoli paces the Blue Devils with 29 goals, seven of which are from beyond the 8-meter arc, and 33 points.
Junior midfielder Raegan Hughes (12) and sophomore midfielder Zoe Baase have also reached double figures in goals as they have 12 and 10, respectively while senior attacker Sky Walshe has a team-best nine assists to go with six goals for 15 points.
In her first season as goaltender, junior Molly Howlett has made 64 saves in eight games and shows a 3-5 record.
Notable Brockport girl’s lacrosse alumni include Leah Daly (Loyola (Md)) – Jasmyn Jessmer (Roberts Wesleyan) – Tori Lammes (Embry-Riddle) – Christina Middleton (University of Indianapolis).