Cadet girls lacrosse set goals a little higher

“The girls are a talented bunch and their hard work, combined with some great coaching by my assistant coaches Dave Ivanovich and Riley Smith, has created great team chemistry,” St. Joseph High head girls lacrosse Leeland Gray said after the Cadets advanced to the Class S semifinals.

“And as the season has progressed, the players have learned how to dream big, be unselfish, trust their teammates, and play like a team. Most importantly, we are competing, having fun and learning to love the game of lacrosse.

“Recently, a buddy of mine and I were discussing the limitations people and athletes place on themselves and he sent me the following quote: "The greatest danger for most of us is not that we aim too high and we miss: rather our aim is too low and we make it."

“The bottom line, in answering your question as to how I feel about the St. Joe's girls lacrosse team making the semis, let's just say we have adjusted our aim higher."

St. Joseph continued to wreck havoc with the Class S bracket of the state tournament on Thursday.

The Cadets, an unlikely semifinalist playing out of the 15th seed, made it happen with a 20-7 road victory over No. 10 Housatonic.

The Cadets third consecutive victory places them opposite No. 3 Somers (15-3) in the semifinals on Tuesday, June 7, at a site and time to be determined.

St. Joseph shared the scoring responsibility once again against Housatonic.

Susie Vazzano tallied four goals to lead the way.

Abbey Ivanovich had three goals and two assists.

Robyn Pelletier was credited with two goals and two assists.

Amanda Lopez, Tricia Diax and Annie McNeil each found the back of the net twice.

Kate Condron, Halle Grabowski, Maddie Dunkel, Bridget Walsh and Christina Psaras scored one goal apiece.

Vazzano, Lindsay Lucifora and Dunkel added assists.

Emily Buccigross had three saves and Izzy Andrzejewski one.