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Scholastic Profile: Assini has grown on, off field

 Niskayuna's Ritchie Assini, scores on a shot in past Saratoga goalie Lauryn Huck, left, and teammate Hannah Wise Thursday, March 29, 2012.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Niskayuna's Ritchie Assini, scores on a shot in past Saratoga goalie Lauryn Huck, left, and teammate Hannah Wise Thursday, March 29, 2012.
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For an athlete who’s been honored throughout her career for stellar defensive work, Ritchie Assini has become quite offensive. The Niskayuna High School senior helped her team win a Section II lacrosse championship last spring with a four-goal outburst. Assini’s biggest contribution came in the form of defensive stops in a pair title-game victories before that. “Between her sophomore and junior year, she figured it out,” said Niskayuna coach Peter Melito. “She said, ‘I can ...


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