IR girls’ lacrosse debuts with win under new coach


Coastal Point photo Tyler Valliant: Indian River High School freshman Lauren Cannatelli scores a goal in IR’s 22-6 win over Newark. Coastal Point photo Tyler Valliant: Indian River High School freshman Lauren Cannatelli scores a goal in IR’s 22-6 win over Newark. It was a very impressive start to the 2018 Indian River High School girls’ lacrosse season Saturday afternoon — one that also featured the coaching debut for Cathy Roselli.

The Indians scored early and scored often en route to a 22-6 win over visiting Newark. Helen Davis and Alexis Webb led the way for the IR offense, each recording four goals apiece. Brianna Dulsky and Delaney Brannon each contributed three goals as well. All told, nine different girls figured into the scoring for the Indians.

“I’m very excited and happy for the girls getting the first win,” an elated Roselli said after Saturday’s game. “My team played phenomenally. The girls worked really hard, and everything we’ve been running in practice finally came to life, and we made it happen. It was in motion, and it was beautiful.”

Roselli said she was especially pleased with her team’s ability to play defense and battle through the chilly spring temperatures and wind gusts.

Coastal Point photos Tyler Valliant: First-year coach Cathy Roselli coaches up her squad.Coastal Point photos Tyler Valliant: First-year coach Cathy Roselli coaches up her squad.“We played great defense. We just switched the defense up,” she said of last Friday’s game, “and we didn’t really get a chance to practice it with the snow and cancellations with school. It certainly was cold out here,” she added of the Saturday game.

The Indians got on the board just minutes in, when Kealy Allison fired home a shot past Newark goalie Mikayla Mason. Moments later, Dulsky would score the first of her three on the day, to put IR up 2-0. Then Sarandon Slebodnick, Dulsky, Webb, Brannon, Allison and Davis would add on to the offensive effort, to put the Indians up by nine before the visitors even got on the board.

“Our offense played really well,” Roselli noted of the Saturday game. “Our biggest problem was that we were really excited, and we rushed a lot of things. We’ve been practicing settling down, and really making us in control of the game. We were able to settle the ball down, and had good ball carries and movement through the eight back-and-forth.”

Newark’s Catalina Galleo scored all six goals on the day. Goalie Mason made six saves.

Indian River High School freshman Lauren Cannatelli scores a goal in IR’s 22-6 win over Newark. Left, firsty year coach Cathy Roselli coaches up her squad.“It was good to get the first win,” Roselli concluded. “It allows us to build some confidence for the next couple weeks for some tough games coming up.”

Rattle the cage: IR went with two goalies in the contest, with Mya Parks making two saves, while Allyson Clark turned away three in her half of action. The Indians were credited with 35 shots in the contest, to just nine for Newark. Allison posted five assists, while Drew Szlasa had two, and Morgan McGee with one helper.

The Indians hit the road to battle Caesar Rodney on Tuesday, March 27, and came away with a 9-20 setback against the Riders.

Kealey Allison led the Indians with four goals. Five others each recorded one goal for IR (Drew Szlasa, Olivia Lease, Kaylee Hall, Alexis Webb and Sarandon Slebodnick).

Caesar Rodney was led by Ruggiero, who scored a game-high nine goals for the Riders.

Hall made four saves in the first half, while Redman turned away 11 in the second half. IR was outshot 34-31 in the contest.

Game stats:

Newark: 4-2-6

Indian River: 14-8-22

Goals: Newark — Galleo, 6. Indian River — Davis, 4; Webb, 4; Dulsky, 3; Brannon, 3; Allison, 2; Subodrick, 2; Szlasa, 2; Cannatelli, 1; Lease, 1.

Assists: Indian River — Allison, 5; Szlasa, 2; McGee, 1.