Lacrosse: Egg Harbor Township teammates help Lexi Badyna gets 200th goal
Lexi Badyna finished her girls lacrosse season with a game to remember.
The Egg Harbor Township senior scored 10 goals in the Eagles' final game of the season to reach the elite milestone of 200 career goals.
"She had mentioned to me just before the game, she said, 'I'm 10 goals away and I think I can do it,' " EHT coach Jonelle Scardino said in a phone interview Wednesday.
With a team effort, Badyna got the 10 goals she needed in a 22-3 win over Lower Cape May Regional on May 22.
"It was totally a team effort," the 17-year-old Egg Harbor Township resident said in a phone interview. "Everyone had an assist that game for me. It was nice to incorporate the whole team. Not everybody gets that whole participation of feeling like a team."
Badyna joined teammate Melissa Williams and a handful of other Cape-Atlantic League players who have scored 200. Scardino said the team had agreed at halftime to try to help Badyna get there.
"Everybody was on board because not a lot of people get to do that," Scardino said.
Badyna said scoring her 200th goal wasn't as important to her as the season she had playing with her teammates. But she said the support felt good.
"I told them, 'I don't care if I get it or not. Being on this team for the past four years was a great enough experiece,' " she said. "But it was a nice bonus."
Scardino said the team surrounded Badyna afterward to congratulate her.
"I couldn't call the timeout fast enough," Scardino said. "She was smiling from ear to ear and everyone ran out on the field."
Scardino said the Eagles enjoyed their best season in history at 12-5.
"I was super happy with the success of our team and how much we improved," Badyna said. "I wish I had more years to see where the team is going to be four more years from now. We've progressed so much, we can only go up."
Badyna, a four-year varsity player, will play at NCAA Division I Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., next year. She said she is looking forward to helping build the new program.
"I'm looking forward to getting the chance to be with new people and play with new people," Badyna said. "I want to help build a program like we did here at EHT."
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