All-Area girls lacrosse: Olivia DiCarlantonio, Wellington
Saturday, June 04, 2011
by Bobby Callovi
Following her sophomore season when she scored 59 goals and added 23 assists, Wellington midfielder Olivia DiCarlantonio decided to join a more competitive travel team to help her get more attention from college coaches.
She joined XTEAM, made up of players from unconventional places for lacrosse such as Florida, California, Georgia and even foreign countries. The team is coached by Crista Samaras, who played for the U.S. World Cup gold-medal team in 2001 and silver-medal team in 2005.
DiCarlantonio spent most of the summer and fall playing against the best teams in the nation. The high level of competition made her junior season this spring seem easier.
"My travel games are so much harder than the games I play in high school," DiCarlantonio said. "You can't just go right through three girls to score like I can in high school games."
She led Wellington in almost every statistical category, including setting school records for goals (71) and points (122). Both were highs for the area this year.
Against rival Park Vista in the District 12 final, DiCarlantonio had one of her best performances of the year, scoring seven goals - including the game-winner - in the Wolverines' 15-14 overtime victory.
"It was by far the most important game of the season, and she and Kaytie (Shea) ended up carrying the team," first-year Wellington coach Trixie Blouin said.
With a year remaining before DiCarlantonio leaves to play for Ohio State, the only area Blouin wants DiCarlantonio to work on is being an effective leader.
"What she needs to do for high school is be a role model and help the newer, younger players," Blouin said. "She needs to be more of a coach and teacher and help bring their game level up."
Scored 59 goals and added 34 assists to help the Wolverines win a district title.
Led the Buccaneers in goals with 63 and added 18 assists.
Recorded 38 goals, 27 assists, 40 ground balls and 40 draw controls for the Warriors.
Played all over for the Crusaders, giving them a boost on both ends of the field with 21 points and 38 ground balls.
Was the Buccaneers' MVP with 62 goals and 13 assists.
Help the Warriors defense while scoring 14 goals and adding 11 assists in her first season.
Palm Beach Central
A threat on both ends, recording 21 goals, eight assists and 44 ground balls.
Teamed with Bourque to form a strong defense for the Warriors.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Led the Buccaneers to a 16-5 record and a district title in her first year as head coach.
Benjamin Alex Vorder Bruegge, Kendall Zahringer; Boca Raton Reid Davito, Maria Tamaccio; Cardinal Newman Emily Griffin, Isabel Ward; Dwyer Melissa Dawn, Taylor Drake, Ashley Ragussa; Jupiter Shannon Wilson, Alyssandra Smith, Emily Borland; Palm Beach Central Nina Laureno; Pope John Paul Alexa Pack, Katrina Johnson, Melissa LaPato; Park Vista Katy Richardson; St. Andrew's Courtney Kennedy; Spanish River Christine Adams, Marissa Koolik; Wellington Stephanie Werkle, Quinn Ruderman, Christina Barnes
BEST OF THE TREASURE COAST
Jensen Beach Samantha Akl, Savannah Cotton, Maggie Gibeau, Chloe Briscoe, Rachele Harey; John Carroll Connie Madden; Pine School Elizabeth Upton; Martin County Marrisa Braden, Allison Windsor, Brianna Sanguilly; South Fork Vickie Velinsky.