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 Irondequoit Eagles (6-7) visiting the Penfield Patriots (5-8) in girl’s lacrosse action on Wednesday for a 7:00 p.m. matchup.
Penfield comes into the matchup having turned a five-game skid into a three-game win streak and showing a 5-8 record through its first 13 games of the spring. During the Patriots’ three-game winning streak, the team, which has been led by Dave York for the past 15 years, has tallied 16 goals in each of the three games and outscored the opposition 48-12 during that span.
Senior Elisa Faklaris, who already has committed to Loyola Maryland, leads all Penfield players with 42 goals and 52 points, both of which are career-bests, while sophomore Emersyn Mathis paces the team in assists (14). Faklaris, who was named to the US Lacrosse All-American team, AGR D&C All-Greater Rochester Super 16 and All-Conference First-Team, has scored at least three goals in nine of the 13 games this season, which includes each of the last three.
Seniors Danyele Emler, a Youngstown State University commit, and Sydney Nakas, a West Chester commit, both have helped the offense as they have scored 12 and 15 goals, respectively. The duo has also combined for 20 of the team’s 67 assists this season.
Penfield senior goaltender Molly Joyce, a Vanderbilt commit, has handled much of the goaltending duties this season as she has stopped 79 of the 95 shots she has faced over the course of 611 minutes. Junior Sarah Herko has made six saves in 41 minutes.
Notable Penfield girl’s lacrosse alumni include Chelsea Akins (Quinnipiac University) – Shannon Burdick (John Carroll) – Celia Dow (Central Michigan) – Madigan Lublin (Rutgers University) – Megan Motkowski (Hofstra) – Sheila Nesselbush (Northwestern) – Tabby Truelson (Kings College)
Winners of two straight and three of its last four games, Irondequoit enters tonight’s game boasting a 6-7 overall record. The Eagles are led by Mike Butler, who has been the head coach since 2013.
Irondequoit returns junior Maeve Brenna, who was named to AGR D&C All-Greater Rochester (Honorable Mention-MC) and All-League 1st Team Attack (MC) in 2021. The Jacksonville University commit leads the team with 32 goals, 13 assists and 45 points in 13 games while 23 of her 32 goals have come over the course of the last seven games.
Evin Terzioglu (28+7), Emma McGuigan (15+9) and Kennedi Landrigan (13+7) all have totaled at least 20 points this season for the Eagles while sophomores Ella Brennan (11+2) and Alison Baumgartner (10+2) each have reached double figures in points. Landrigan and Terzioglu both have made their collegiate commitments to Albany and Hofstra Universities, respectively.
Like Penfield, Irondequoit has used two different goaltenders with one earning majority of the time in the crease. Junior Jessica Kowalski has stopped 63 shots in 433 minutes while freshman Emma Francis has made 12 saves in 182 minutes over the course of nine appearances.
Notable Irondequoit girl’s lacrosse alumni include Annie Brennan (Siena) – Jaelyn Clinkscales (University of Akron) – Rebeca McGwin (Mercyhurst) – Erika Sherwood (St.Bonaventure University) – Ella Straub (Gardner Webb).