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Tiger girls drive for five

The current group of seniors for the Amherst girls went 15-1 as sophomores. Coach Janet Battaglia has looked forward to see what they would be able to do their senior year, and so far, so great. The Tigers are undefeated, and a win over East Aurora on Wednesday would give them a fifth straight Class B title.

"The season has been incredible," said Battaglia. "It's a wonderful group of girls and they've enjoyed each other on and off the field. The success is a tribute to their hard work."

The team has impact players at both ends of the field, with Kristina Raab in goal (.770 save percentage) and  Khrista Trerotola on attack (53 goals). In between are Kristin Butka (29 goals), score-or-dish threat Jillian Battaglia (24 goals 36 assists), hustle machine Mimi Hong ("We can't live without her," coach Battaglia said of the junior), senior defensive anchor Jill Pace, reliable junior defenders Lauren Kaszubski and Lauren Brand and speedsters Joanna Batt, Lorriane Villa and Vicki Genau.

On Saturday, Amherst could very well face the familiar challenge of the Far West Regionals, where the traditionally strong Section V teams have never lost to a Section VI winner.

"What it's going to take to make the breakthrough is to have youth programs and players need to play two-thirds of the year - that's what makes (Rochester teams) competitive," said Battaglia. "And it's going to take some confidence. Whether it's Amherst or East Aurora, they're going to have the confidence to see what they can do."

East Aurora earned its first playoff berth this year, and won its first playoff game last week with a 10-4 win over Williamsville East. The Tigers beat EA, 10-2 and 8-3, this season.

"We have to be on our best game ever," said East Aurora fifth-year coach Christina Schutrum. The Blue Devils are led by the strong defense of sophomores Rachel Schrutt (goalie), Carolyn Whitcomb and Adrienne Kina and junior Lindsay Schutrum. Junior attack Riley O'Connor has 48 goals for EA (12-3).



Wednesday, June 18, 2003
News Sports Reporter
lacrosse.jpg (10651 bytes) Members of the girls All-WNY lacrosse team are (front row, from left): Gretchen DeLuke (Nichols), Kristen Stone (Nichols), Shannon Docherty (Nichols), Katie Campos (Nichols), Christine George (Clarence), Rasheeda Brenton (Clarence). Back row (from left): Christie Zaganiaczyk (Lancaster), Erica Nasca (Hamburg), Kristina Raab (Amherst), Khrista Trerotola (Amherst), Bess Devine (Orchard Park), Jillian Battaglia (Amherst), Allison Stephan (Clarence), Coach of the year: Nicole Marabella (Grand Island). Missing from photo: Jess McArdle (Lancaster).

The Tigers claimed the Division II title with a 14-0 record. They finished 15-2 overall with loses coming to Nichols and to East Aurora in the Section VI Class B final.

Kristina Raab: All-American honorable mention goalkeeper. . . . Signed with University of Maryland/Baltimore County. . . . Repeat All-Western New York pick. . . . Had a solid season with a save percentage of .750. Four-year starter who set school record for saves in a career with 693. Coach Janet Battaglia described Raab as a strong communicator and very dedicated.

Khrista Trerotola: Scored 127 career goals, shattering the previous school record of 103. . . . Strong finisher who used her exceptional shot selection to score 58 goals. "She can place it, she can shoot lefty, right, and she can move the goalie," said Battaglia. . . . Will attend Ithaca College and play lacrosse. . . . Three-year starter.

Jillian Battaglia: Had 38 assists this season to break the previous school record of 20. . . . Had an eight-point game (two goals, six assists) versus Williamsville East. "She can see the field well. She draws her defender and the other person's, and that kind of opens things up," said Battaglia. . . . Going to Cortland State to study exercise science and play lacrosse.



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