Thursday March 27, 2014 | By:Michael J. Petro | Sports
TORRID LAKE SHORE SCORER — Alie Jimerson, seen here in last year’s Class C championship game, has racked up well over 150 goals in four seasons with the Lake Shore varsity team. Photo courtesy of Ron Larson.
Having a little more youth than in most seasons should not slow down what promises to once again be a high-flying, prolific-scoring Lake Shore girls lacrosse team that looks primed to once again compete for a sectional title.
The Eagles return their top five scorers from last season, including All-Western New York First Team selection Alie Jimerson and freshman sensation Shayla Scanlan, the two combining to net 114 goals during a 13 – 4 season for Lake Shore.
An offensive juggernaut year in and out, the Eagles scored more than 13 times per game and advanced to the Class C title in 2013, but there they went through a dry spell in falling 14 – 7 to Amherst. It was the second straight season the Eagles fell in the Class C final to longtime champion Amherst, since winning the program’s first title, in Class B in 2011.
And just like last year, Lake Shore will have many underclassmen that will start or play in key roles.
“This a pretty solid crew; a little younger, so we’ll have a lot of work to do throughout the season,” Lake Shore fourth-year head coach Hannah Wawrowski said. “ But I believe we’ll be as solid as we’ve been in past years.”
Jimerson scored 63 times last season, after notching 93 tallies in her eighth grade through sophomore seasons with the varsity, while Scanlan found the back of the net 50 times in her second full season of varsity.
Wawrowski believes complimenting her talented midfielders Jimerson and Scanlan will be returning youngster Jalyn Jimerson, who is one of two eighth graders on the team. Jalyn, Alie’s younger sister, scored 20 times last year, but her coach sees a spike in that number coming.
“I believe they’ll be our most prominent attack players in the midfield and will be the three key players for us,” Wawrowski said. “Jayln should see improvement and play with even more confidence. Working with Alie and Shayla will also help.”
The Eagles will have no shortage of scoring, also thanks to the return of senior Shelby Stevens, who scored 37 times last season, and junior Simone Miracle, who added 21 tallies. The two will lead the Eagles attack.
On the defensive end, sophomore Jenna Haring returns to mind the net, after a breakout season as a freshman. Beyond that, on the backline, Wawrowski said she has some players back but has yet to figure out who will play where.
Besides having an infusion of youth on the roster, it’s also one of the larger teams number-wise Lake Shore has fielded, with 21 players. Wawrowski believes the numbers should bold well in keeping her players fresh.
“It will help us be able to give our middies a break during the game,” she pointed out, of her junior-laden team. “It will give them some time to rest instead of them being out there all the time. It’s easier to have another line of middies that you can play.”
Sure to be entertaining will be Lake Shore’s games with Amherst — the five previous, in two years, were, up until the 2013 final. Lake Shore won two one-goal games during last year’s regular season. The two teams will meet at Amherst on April 30 and at Lake Shore on May 12.