by Erin Tucker
As the spring sports teams are entering into the second half of their seasons. Several athletes who have started out on the right foot should be followed through the rest of their seasons.
Hopefully, these athletes will continue to prosper as their respective teams look to make their mark in playoffs this year.
The girls lacrosse team has really picked up their intensity after a shaky start to the season. The girls are looking to continue advancing their record behind their leading scorer, senior midfielder Grace Zagaja.
Starting her freshman year, Zagaja has always been a force to be reckoned with on attack, especially on the draw. With her composure and positive attitude, Grace continues to inspire her teammates, even when they seem to panic.
“There are definitely moments when everyone looks to Grace to make sure that everything is okay,” says sophomore Colleen Dwyer. Often, when Grace is walking back to the circle after the Tornadoes score a goal, she can be heard cheering on the defense for a good play or complementing an attacker for a good feed or cut.
Zagaja leads the Lady Tornadoes with 22 goals in her senior season. Behind Zagaja's leadership, the girls look to keep on winning and lock up the highest seed possible in the playoffs.
The boys’ lacrosse team also looks to go on a winning streak as they near the end of their season. This year the boys play a tough defensive game, trying to hold their opponents to the lowest number of goals possible.
Junior goalie, Zach Yorio, has been doing his job for the team so far this season. Across the last two seasons Yorio has recorded 209 saves, an outstanding number with the tough competition in League II.
Yorio’s highlight this year came in his game against Miller Place. He recorded 17 saves and even had an assist. “He is a hard worker,” says Coach Lavey. With the sturdy mental attitude that Zach has, the competition has a hard time getting into his head.
The Tornadoes look to finish out their season with confidence and feel comfortable going into the playoffs knowing that they have a great goalie behind them.
On the baseball field, the Harborfields team seems to be holding their own. Half way through the season the Tornadoes have a .500 record, which is very impressive for such a young team.
Gavin Buda, as many people expected, has led the team so far this year. At the beginning of the season, Buda was named one of the best athletes on Long Island, making it no surprise that he has a key leadership role this year.
“We need to pitch this year,” commented Coach Sturm at the beginning of the season.
He got his wish with Gavin Buda. With the junior contributing on the mound and at bat, the Tornadoes look to improve their record in order to make playoffs this year.
There are only six games left in the 2017 season and they are working hard to ensure a good seed for themselves in playoffs.
Harborfields spring sports teams are holding their own in their respective leagues and divisions this season. They all have one common goal in mind, to win the state championship.
Behind the leaders on each time, there is the definite possibility of reaching that goal.