Girls lacrosse Player of the Year

Bridget Ruskey

Middle Township sophomore

Ruskey led all New Jersey players with 133 goals and 170 points, the biggest contributor to an offense that averaged 18.14 goals per game. She scored her 200th career goal May 6.

She’s already established herself as one of the best players in the state with two seasons to go.

She also played a huge part in draws with 63 draw controls.


Nicole Federovitch

Barnegat senior

Led Barnegat with 52 goals and 63 points. She scored her 200th career goal April 15.

Jenna Herlihy

Middle Township sophomore

Herlihy tied for second on her team with 67 goals. She also had 42 assists.

Ashley Hunt

Lower Cape May Regional junior

Led a strong Caper Tigers offense with 62 goals.

Kristi Rohrer

Ocean City senior

Led her team with 113 points, including 64 goals, and 49 assists. She more than doubled her scoring output from last season (27 goals). She will play lacrosse at Widener.

Lexie Sharp

Ocean City sophomore

Led the Red Raiders with 67 goals and added 19 assists and 62 ground balls.

Lia Stango

Southern Regional senior

Topped the Shore Conference A South with 63 goals. Scored her 100th career goal April 22.


Abby Daigle

Millville sophomore

Was second in the CAL in goals (73) and fifth in points (89).

Mikala Gillespie

Ocean City senior

Had 24 assists and was one of the best defensive midfielders in the CAL. She also had 35 ground balls. She will play lacrosse at Rowan.

Allison Hunter

Middle Township sophomore

Hunter led the Panthers with 69 assists to go with her 67 goals. Her 136 points were 12th most in the state. She also had 76 draw controls to lead her team.

Mary Riggs

Absegami senior

Scored 66 goals and collected 84 points, finishing among the top 10 in the CAL. She will play lacrosse at Stockton.


Nicholl Fenton

Ocean City sophomore

Scooped up 77 ground balls to go with 28 goals and five assists.

Eva Sodaitis

Absegami senior

In her first year on the team, Sodaitis had 17 broken-up plays, nine interceptions, 15 draw controls, four goals and five assists.

Skylar Gentilini

Middle Township sophomore

Established herself as one of the best defenders in the CAL, usually marking opposing teams’ best attackers. She picked up 43 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers with 10 interceptions.

Caylin Thompson

Millville junior

She’s a smart defender who created a lot of turnovers for the Millville defense. She will be one of Millville’s returning leaders next year.


Maura Twiggs

Ocean City senior

Her 215 saves were second most in the CAL. She was one of three CAL players to pass the 200-save mark. She went 18-4 and had 13 games of 10 saves or more. She will play lacrosse at Stockton.

Second Team


Caroline Kelley, Absegami sophomore

Abigail Umphlett, Egg Harbor Township senior

Vanessa Pagliei, Mainland Regional senior

Alexis Sutley, Oakcrest junior

Logan Walter, Lower Cape May Regional senior


Rachel Lucia, Egg Harbor Township senior

Ashley Albright, Mainland Regional junior

Madie Gibson, Lower Cape May Regional senior

Courtney DeFalco, Oakcrest senior

Lauren McNally, Ocean City senior

Rialee Allen, Ocean City sophomore


Drew Valian, Egg Harbor Township senior

Molly O’Shea, Mainland Regional freshman

Rebekah Clements, Millville senior

Britney Stein, Ocean City sophomore


Georgia Turner, Atlantic City junior

Honorable Mention

Absegami: Naomi Earl

Atlantic City: Julia Falvo

Barnegat: Hannah Fahringer

Cedar Creek: Alina Nelson

Holy Spirit: Paxton Antonucci, Alexa Steffens

Lacey Township: Carly Chimenti, Emily Lane

Lower Cape May: Kylie Gorbsky, Katherine Swan

Mainland: Megan Bozzi

Middle Township: Cara Heenan, Courtney Lang, Jennifer McCann, Summer Sides

Millville: Kate Reed, Brittany Watson

Oakcrest: Teagen Hay, Jamie Hutter

Ocean City: Dara Hennessy, Shannon O’Reilly

Southern: Morgan Von Schmidt, Keeley Winn

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