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Checking In: Syracuse women's lacrosse gets boost from Section II players

Checking In: Syracuse women's lacrosse gets boost from Section II players

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Checking In: Syracuse women's lacrosse gets boost from Section II players
Syracuse women's lacrosse goalie and Niskayuna native Asa Goldstock.
Photographer: Syracuse Athletics

Section II athletes are leading the charge for the Syracuse women’s lacrosse team.

The team, which is 14-3, is being led by great defense from Asa Goldstock, a Niskayuna native, who has 116 saves on the season, including a season-high 12 saves on March 13 against Florida. Goldstock had a team-leading 42 ground balls last season, and also led the team in 2016. Against Harvard that season, she recorded her first career assist on the game-winning goal in overtime, and she earned ACC Defensive Player of the Week, Inside Lacrosse Player and Rookie of the Week honors after helping Syracuse defeat No. 2-ranked North Carolina.

On offense, midfielder Mary Rahal (Queensbury) has 18 goals and 12 assists, due in part to five multi-goal games this season, while fellow midfielder Cara Quimby (Guilderland) has scored eight goals with one assist, with a pair of multi-goal games of her own.

Quimby’s multi-goal games came against Virginia on March 2 and Notre Dame on March 24. The Schenectady native, a junior, has played 17 games.

Kara Gray (Shenendehowa) a Clifton Park native who plays defense for the team, has already caused one turnover this year, on Feb. 12 against Binghamton. The freshman scored 39 goals during her high school career, including 27 in 2017. Gray’s turnover helped contribute to a 15-5 Syracuse victory. 

Her sister Lauren Gray (Shenendehowa), a sophomore, has caused one turnover this season, against Coastal Carolina on Feb. 18. Last season, she played in seven games, including one against UAlbany where she picked up a groundball and caused a turnover. The Orange won six of the seven games Gray played in.

In high school, Lauren Gray was named a 2017 All-American and earned All-Suburban Council First Team and Honorable Mention honors. 

Catherine Sexton (Niskayuna), a senior on the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team, has 24 goals on the season, which is half of her career total, in addition to a .600 shot percentage. On March 1 against Central Connecticut State, Sexton scored a career-high five goals. She scored seven total points in that game.

Sexton has had seven multi-goal games in 2019. Her 24 goals are fourth on the team, while her 18 assists are tied for first. Last year, she scored 12 goals and nine assists, with half her goals coming in America East conference games. As a freshman, she played in 17 games, starting her first four, and led UNH rookies in goals, assists and points.

Brian Hart (Saratoga Springs) a freshman on the Marist baseball team, has played in 20 games this season, hitting .264 with a home run and nine RBI. On March 10 against East Carolina, Hart had his best game of the season, going 3-for-4 with three RBI and a stolen base. He has had two other multi-hit games this season, against Presbyterian on Feb. 24 and against Richmond on March 24. In the game against Richmond, Hart hit his first collegiate home run.

Hunter Levesque (Troy) a sophomore on the Pittsburgh softball team, is hitting .319 with 10 home runs and 25 RBI this season. She has had two multi-home run games, against Ohio on March 19 and Georgia Tech on April 13. Of her 38 hits, 23 have been for extra bases. Last season, she had 40 hits, including four home runs and 20 RBI.

Olivia Lazarou (Amsterdam) is a freshman on the Iona women’s track and field team. At the Stony Brook University Snow Flake Spring Opener, she finished third in the 3,000 in 10:33.48.

At the Mets Outdoor Track and Field Championships on April 12-13, Lazarou was seventh in the 1,500 in 4:51.24. At the Sam Howell Invitational, Lazarou was 14th in the 1,500 in 4:47.16.

Nicole McCarvill (Shenendehowa) is a sophomore on the Stony Brook softball team. McCarvill has played in 29 games this year and is hitting .254 with one home run and eight RBI.

McCarvill’s best game so far came against Hartford on March 31, when she went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, and she has not made an error since April 2. She already has 13 hits in 25 games, and her five extra-base hits are more than she had in 2018.

“Checking In” is a weekly feature that provides updates on how former Section II athletes are performing at the college level. Contact [email protected] to share information on local athletes.

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