On April 4, the Harrison girls’ lacrosse season got underway on a positive note as the Huskies handled visiting Croton-Harmon, topping the Tigers 17-6 in the opener. For Harrison, the game not only served as an encouraging sign for the upcoming campaign, but also as a celebration for senior Brianna Losito, who recorded her 100th career goal in the win.
Losito, who has been on the team since she was in eighth grade, had four goals and two assists on the afternoon, including the one that helped her reach the century mark which came in the first half. According to Huskies’ coach Caitlin Rooney, Losito’s achievement was even more momentous considering that the High Point-bound senior has spent much of her Huskies career as a deft facilitator on the offensive end.
“[Losito] has been so great for us, she’s definitely such a hard worker and she’s not your typical player,” Rooney said. “She’s always looking to feed the ball and we tell her to go to the goal more, so she has really earned it.”
In additions to Losito’s contributions against the Tigers, the Huskies also got big games from Jessica and Sydney Saviano. Jessica paced Harrison with a game-high seven goals and tallied four assists, while Sydney found the net five times on the day. In Losito and the Savianos, Rooney believes she has a solid group of veteran players who not only excel on the field, but also provide a blueprint for success, especially for the program’s underclassmen.
“I think it needs to be highlighted more among all the sports programs; these kids have so much on their plates, you’re not just going to get a spot handed to you if you’re not going to work hard for it,” Rooney said. “They’re great role models, great leaders, and it has been great having them.”
The Huskies also shined on the defensive end on Wednesday, despite coming into the season with a new crop of players in the back. Senior goalie Kathleen Lino had 11 saves to lead the way, and Rooney believes that the defense should only get better as it accumulates more game experience.
“We lost a lot of seniors last year, and you’re never really sure how it’s going to go,” said the head coach. “At this point, we’re still getting a look at players and moving them around to see different things, and I think we’re going to start to mold together.”
Harrison will look to build on its season-opening win on April 6, when they take on a Tappan Zee team that ended the Huskies’ season last year in sectionals.
“I’m hoping that we come out with some fire,” Rooney said. “This is a calm and easy-going group of girls, but we’re working on getting a little bit more aggressive, and over time, that’s going to come.”