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Metro/Sun 2012 All-WNY Lacrosse Girls Team: MVP Stewart’s youth doesn’t slow Lancaster star

Hamburg senior Amanda Obenshain was one of two WNY players selected as All-Americans. She recorded 57 goals and 59 assists for 116 points. (Photo courtesy of Ron Larson)
Allie Stewart, seen here in the Class A final against Frontier, led Lancaster to a sectional championship despite being just a sophomore. (Photo by Jeff Barnes/Metro Source)
(Mike Pidanek/Metro reporter also contributed to this story)

Allie Stewart just finished her sophomore year at Lancaster, yet she has racked up enough honors to make for an entire glowing high school career.

Already, Stewart has spent four seasons with the Lancaster girls lacrosse varsity squad. In that time, she has been part of three Section VI title teams, twice earned All-Western New York First Team honors and already verbally committed to play Division I lacrosse at Canisius College.

Now, add to that The Metro/Sun All-Western New York Girls Most Valuable Player Award. She was honored as such and again as a First Team honoree at the Metro Group’s banquet, sponsored by St. Bonaventure University Army ROTC, on Tuesday, June 19 at Ilio DiPaolo’s in Blasdell.

It’s been a remarkable run for the Redskins’ top scorer and one that looks to only get better in the coming years.

“She keeps getting better and we still have two more years with her,” Lancaster coach Julie Buccieri said in an interview with Metro Newspapers during the Redskins’ 2012 playoff run. “We’re very excited about that.”

In being moved to the midfield position and seeing her role expand this season, Stewart put up 41 goals and 49 assists. She also led Lancaster to regaining its rightful spot back atop Section VI by avenging a loss in the Class A final from the year prior to Frontier. The Redskins had their six-year sectional-winning title streak ended in 2011.

Stewart entered her sophomore season with 78 career goals and 35 assists. That was all primarily as an attacker. This season, she became more of a facilitator on offense while also focusing on becoming a better defender.

Whether playing in the midfield or on attack and on the defensive end of the field or on offense, Stewart said she would do whatever needs to get done in order to get the job done for her team. It’s an attitude that she said is shared by every player.

“I just want to go 100 percent every time,” said Stewart, who in her first full varsity season as an eighth grader was named The Metro/Sun Newcomer of the Year. “That’s what we do. In practice and in games, everyone goes all out and we’re always excited for the next game.”

This year, Stewart scored at least one goal in all 19 games and six times netted three or more in a game. She also collected 47 ground balls and won 36 draws during her sophomore year.

“She’s kind of in a different role this year,” Buccieri said. She’s coming up with a lot more big plays being in the midfield.”

Stats are not what drives Stewart, it’s wins, and when Lancaster is victorious, she’ll gladly deflect the glory. The Redskins finished the season with a 13-6 mark, being eliminated with a 15-9 loss to Penfield in the Far West Regional.

“We all work hard together,” said Stewart, who also plays for the Relentless Hustle Black 2014 elite club team in the offseason. “Everyone does a great job.”

Along with Stewart also being selected to the 2012 First Team were her teammates Grace Gabriel, a freshman midfielder, and Sam Czaplicki, a junior attacker, Frontier senior midfielders Joelle Kaczmarek and Erin Wilcox; Hamburg’s senior attacker Amanda Obenshain and junior goalie Lauryn Courteau; Nichols School’s senior attacker Spring Sanders and senior midfielder Shelby Wilde; Lake Shore’s senior midfielder Vivian Curry; Williamsville North’s senior midfielder Emily Koestler; Amherst’s sophomore attacker Grace Lawson; Mt. St. Mary’s junior midfielder Shannon Pelitera; West Seneca West’s senior midfielder Anna Purdy; Orchard Park’s senior attacker Maddie Nowakowski; and Buffalo Seminary’s senior midfielder Eliza Kaye.

West Seneca East’s junior midfielder Katy Prosvirninia was given the Unsung Hero Award; Amherst’s sophomore goalie Emily Bitka, the Newcomer of the Year Award; Hamburg’s Katy Ryan, Coach of the Year; and West Seneca West’s Jennifer Magruder, the Andrew Maisano Leadership Award.

Also of note, Obenshain was one of two Western New York girls lacrosse players to be selected as All-Americans. The fifth-year varsity player led the team again this season in scoring, recording 57 goals and 59 assists for 116 points. Obenshain, who will play for Division I Albany next year, won her second Section VI title at Hamburg this year, as well. Sanders was the other All-American selection.


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