by Andrew Henderson
The greatest Fulton girls lacrosse team in the program’s history was honored by members of the Fulton Common Council Tuesday night.
Mayor Ron Woodward said the council was not planning to meet Tuesday, but did so in honor of the players.
“Believe me, it is our pleasure to recognize you,” Woodward told the players. “We are very proud of you and your athletic accomplishments.”
The Lady Raiders, which recently finished the season 15-4, won the Class B Quarterfinals and the Class B Semifinals in overtime before losing in the championship game.
Fulton was also crowned the 2012 OHSL Freedom League champions.
“This is a special group,” Coach Dave White told the council.
The team was captained by Erika Johnson and Hannah Dunsmoor. Other players included Katelyn Caza, Amelia Coakley, Andrea Gould, Jenna Hudson, Erica Knaub, Dallas Lamb, Julia Ludington, Alanah McClellan, Jordan Rizzo, Kate Rothrock, Casey Shannon, Julia Spier, Alise Tallents, Torrie Whelsky, Emma Whitemore, and Kara Yakel.
White was assisted by Andy Karpinko on the sidelines.
The girls were also recognized for their work in the classroom. For the eighth consecutive year, the team was recognized as a New York State Scholar Athlete Team.
Johnson was named U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American for the second year in a row. Dunsmoor, Rothrock, and Caza joined Johnson on the team this year.
There were also several individual accolades. Johnson, Knaub, Coakley, Rothrock were named First Team All-League OHSL Freedom League while Dunsmoor, Ludington, and Caza were named to the Second Team All League.
Rizzo, Spier, Tallents, Shannon and Gould were honorable mentions.
Whelsky and Johnson were both selected to the New York State Section III Girls Lacrosse Exceptional Senior Game. Johnson was also recently named the Dan McGinnes Female Senior Athlete of the Year at GRB.
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