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Island Trees Lady Dawgs Girls’ Lacrosse Team Announces 2012 Schedule: A Fan’s View

It's going to take a lot of heart and determination for the Island Trees Lady Dawgs girls' lacrosse team to return to the Nassau County playoffs, as Bridget Vilbig - their top defender - is out for the season with an ACL tear.

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Eric Holden

"Bridget being absent for the rest of the season is definitely going to be a huge loss," said Island Trees attackman Emme Lucas. "She offered a lot to the team - a key player as an attacker and defensive player. Now everyone else must step up their games and provide that extra energy and intensity. If every player is willing to provide that commitment, there is no doubt in my mind that we can still be a strong team despite losing a key player and being placed in a challenging conference."

Lucas, along with a returning core of scrappy young players like Allie Merrill, Brianna Wilson, and Britt Sadowski, opens the Lady Dawgs' 2012 season with three non-league games in the Levittown area - March 16th at home against Floral Park, March 19 at MacArthur High School, and March 21 at home against Valley Stream Central.

Last season, Merrill scored four goals to lead Island Trees past MacArthur, 15-14, in a neck-and-neck battle that came down to the wire. Several key players from both sides graduated following the 2011 season, so this year's matchup between the clubs will definitely have a different completion, but should still be extremely competitive.

The Lady Dawgs have another tough stretch at the end of March, as they hit the road for three consecutive away games against Nassau Conference C opponents - March 23 at Friends Academy, March 26 at Hewlett, and March 30 at Locust Valley.

Here's a look at the complete 2012 Island Trees girls' lacrosse schedule:

  • Fri - 3/16/2012 4:15 PM FLORAL PARK HS @ ISLAND TREES HS
  • Mon - 3/19/2012 4:30 PM ISLAND TREES HS @ MACARTHUR
  • Wed - 3/21/2012 4:15 PM VS CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL @ ISLAND TREES HS
  • Fri - 3/23/2012 4:15 PM ISLAND TREES HS @ FRIENDS ACADEMY
  • Mon - 3/26/2012 4:45 PM ISLAND TREES HS @ HEWLETT HS
  • Fri - 3/30/2012 4:30 PM ISLAND TREES HS @ LOCUST VALLEY HS
  • Mon - 4/2/2012 4:15 PM LYNBROOK HS @ ISLAND TREES HS
  • Tue - 4/3/2012 4:15 PM WHEATLEY HS @ ISLAND TREES HS
  • Sat - 4/14/2012 10:30 AM ISLAND TREES HS @ JERICHO HS
  • Mon - 4/16/2012 4:15 PM ISLAND TREES HS @ CARLE PLACE HS
  • Thu - 4/19/2012 4:30 PM NORTH SHORE HS @ ISLAND TREES HS
  • Wed - 4/25/2012 4:45 PM SEAFORD HS @ ISLAND TREES HS
  • Sat - 4/28/2012 10:00 AM ISLAND TREES HS @ COLD SPRING HARBOR
  • Tue - 5/1/2012 4:45 PM CLARKE HS @ ISLAND TREES HS
  • Tue - 5/8/2012 4:15 PM ISLAND TREES HS @ MINEOLA HS

Eric Holden has been covering Long Island high school sports since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.

Sources

http://section8.nasboces.org/sportspakonline/mainindex.asp, Section 8 schedule, Island Trees schedule

Personal Source, Island Trees attackman Emme Lucas

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Updated Thursday, Feb 23, 2012