Demi Gainey, Park Vista: Post All-Area girls lacrosse player of the year
Friday, June 04, 2010
by Jason Lieser
Photo by Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post
Knowing that Demi Gainey was coming off reconstructive knee surgery, Park Vista coach Brett VanAlstyne was unsure if his star player would be able to play in the 2010 season.
He got his answer when she scored six times in her first game back.
"She was able to just bounce right back and keep playing," VanAlstyne said.
"We didn't predict it. For her to be able to produce the way she did was surprising."
Gainey, a senior, missed most of her junior season after tearing the ACL, MCL and meniscus in her right knee, but returned to elite status this year.
Gainey scored 56 goals, had 10 assists, picked up 60 ground balls and forced 17 turnovers. She was one of the area's most dominant players at both ends of the field.
Gainey had surgery last March and still has a two-inch vertical scar on her knee. She fell two weeks behind schedule in therapy and had a problem with scar tissue build-up, but managed to rediscover her rhythm in pre-season practices.
"I tore everything and it was so painful," she said. "I had no faith I was going to be able to come back."
Other than losing her junior year to injury, Gainey started every season at Park Vista and is one of the most successful players in the team's brief history.
She was most effective at midfielder, but also played defender and attacker in her time with the Cobras.
"She's the perfect player," VanAlstyne said. "She's the best athlete that we have and she was great for us this year. She's one of those players that's a natural athlete that took right to lacrosse and excelled at it from the beginning.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Girls: Brett VanAlstyne Park Vista
The Cobras continue to be the area's model program and VanAlstyne led them to their third straight state final four.
St. Andrew's, Sr., Goalie
Had five games of 15 saves or more and stopped 55 percent of the shots she faced.
Wellington, Sr., Defender
Excellent one-on-one and team defense earned a second straight all-area selection.
Picked up 20 groundballs and forced 16 turnovers. Likely a Division I prospect next year.
St. Andrew's, Sr., Midfielder
Ripped opposing defenses for 67 goals and had eight assists. Signed with Quinnipiac.
PB Central, Sr., Midfielder
Led all midfielders with 68 goals and added 28 assists for the Broncos.
An emerging young talent, had 54 goals, 18 assists and 74 groundballs.
Wellington, So., Midfielder
The area's top underclass scorer, had 59 goals and 23 assists for the Wolverines.
P.J. Paul II,
Scored 71 goals and handed out 24 assists for the Eagles.
Park Vista, Sr., Attacker
Topped 60 goals for the second consecutive year with 64 and had 34 assists.
Jupiter, Sr., Attacker
No. 1 in the area in goals (85) and also contributed 11 assists for the Warriors.
Girls: Jessica Aguanno, Park Vista; Sam Aki, Jensen Beach; Brielle Appelbaum, Spanish River; Quinn Bedenbaugh, Pope John Paul II; Emily Borland, Jupiter; Chloe Briscoe, Jensen Beach; Alex Burgess, Spanish River; Lizzie Connaughton, Benjamin; Nikki Connaughton, Benjamin; Jenna Cote, Jupiter; Savannah Cotton, Pine School; Alex Danks, Park Vista; Savannah DeLowery, Martin County; Angela Fina, West Boca Raton; Maggi Haigh, Cardinal Newman; Samantha Kochman, Benjamin; Marissa Koolik, Spanish River; Krista Kuntz, St. Andrew's; Meredith Kurtz, Wellington; Alexa Lapato, Pope John Paul II; Nina Laureano, Palm Beach Central; Wendy Lehman, Cardinal Newman; Mallory Mills, Cardinal Newman; Alexa Pack, Pope John Paul II; Stephanie Peck, Park Vista; Natalie Posada, Park Vista; Meredith Primm, Benjamin; Brittany Scurrah, Olympic Heights; Kaytie Shea, Wellington; Casey Taylor, Benjamin; Emily Warriner, Cardinal Newman; Stefanie Werkle, Wellington; Hayley Williston, Pope John Paul II; Gracie Willert, Jensen Beach; Allison Windsor, Martin County; Jessica Yates, Jupiter.