Nina Cerelli leads experienced Pittston Area girls lacrosse team

By Tom Robinson - For Sunday Dispatch
Pittston Area’s Nina Cirelli, left, defends against Delaware Valley’s Kayla Newsome Monday in Hughestown. - Sunday Dispatch file photo

Pittston Area carries a large and experienced roster into the Wyoming Valley Conference girls lacrosse season where the Lady Patriots will try to execute a move up in the standings.

Senior midfielder Nina Cerelli, a second-team all-star choice by WVC coaches last season, leads the list of returnees.

The Lady Patriots will carry a roster of about 30 players into the season after losing just two seniors to graduation.

“Looking at how we did last year and what we’re returning, we’re hoping to improve on our wins, hoping to even maybe at least reach .500 this season,” third-year coach Nicole Tieso said.

With more experience comes the chances to fine-tune their approach to the game.

“We’re focusing more on stickwork and passing and some different set plays and set offenses,” Tieso said. “We’ve been working on a bit more.”

Juniors Kristin Walters, Julia Emmett and Julia Zambetti all return as starters on the attack. Emmett is also one of the many examples of players moving between both the attack and midfield positions.

Bailey Jordan and Callie Kipp join Cirelli as seniors who are returning starters in the midfield. Junior Emily O’Brien and Lily Savoy also saw significant playing time at midfield.

The returning defenders are senior Mariah Menichelli, Julia Yanchis and Makenzie Koonrad.

Junior Hayley Lewis plays a defensive midfield position.

Brooklyn Pedana, another junior, has already spent two years as goalie.

Pittston Area is scheduled to open Thursday at home against North Pocono, a team that is expected to join the WVC in the near future. The Lady Patriots are also at home to open conference play, April 2 against Coughlin.

Pittston Area’s Nina Cirelli, left, defends against Delaware Valley’s Kayla Newsome Monday in Hughestown.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_Cerelli.jpgPittston Area’s Nina Cirelli, left, defends against Delaware Valley’s Kayla Newsome Monday in Hughestown. Sunday Dispatch file photo

By Tom Robinson

For Sunday Dispatch

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