Pates look for encore
Freedom’s girls lacrosse program will look to build off what they accomplished last season when they made a run to the District 11 quarterfinals.
The Pates finished 14-7 a year ago and hope to build on that with head coach Charis Innarella back at the helm.
“We have an awesome group of players who are very coachable,” said Innarella. “This team has been putting in the work and continues to push and support each other everyday.”
Back for the Pates is senior captain Emma Telatovich, who is a three-time EPC all-star and is heading to Emery Riddle on a lacrosse scholarship.
After scoring 53 goals last year, it’s fair to say the Pates offense will rely heavily on her.
“She’s a game changer,” Innarella said,” and she’s ready to make an impact in her last season.”
Junior captain Katie Flynn is a 2018 first team all-star after she reached 100 career goals last season. Sophomore Abby Burnette, senior captain Avery Atiyeh, senior Mackenzie Dudeck, senior Rebecca Fodale, junior Lily Judge, sophomore Caitlin Donello and sophomore Abi Sipel round out Innarella’s varsity core this season.
“Our goals are to make each other better everyday,” she said. “We want to compete with intensity, play aggressive defense and push the ball in transition. We have a good core of starters returning and younger players that can make an immediate impact. We’re excited to start competition and build on the success of last season.”