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The Barron Collier girls lacrosse team had many great individual performances on offense last week, but according to coach Chris Claussen it was goalkeeper Wylie Cassidy's work in the cage that set the tone for the rest of the team.
"She is our leader on the defensive side. She's very vocal and she is a great teammate," Claussen said. "As goalies go, she is very tough and she's not afraid to stand in there. Her teammates appreciate that effort."
Cassidy saved seven shots in Barron's 18-7 win over perennial powerhouse Park Vista. The junior keeper had a ground ball and started the team's clears with excellent passing upfield. She also was big in the cage standing her ground which altered the shooter's angle six other times, according to her coach.
"If she doesn't make those stops early, we don't win that game. She set the momentum," Claussen said. "For us, from a team standpoint, it was a good win. They are typically one of the better teams in the state and Wylie stepped it up for us."
"That was amazing," Cassidy said. "We were all really happy and it has fired us up for the rest of the season. We worked really hard all week because we knew these games would be tough."
Cassidy also was in goal for the Cougars' 16-3 win over Lake Mary.
"She only played the first half of the game, but the team was 7 for 9 on clears when she was in the cage," Claussen said. "She just did her job and got the win."
Both coach and player acknowledge that playing in goal is one of the toughest, and most painful, positions in the sport.
"Those balls hurt," Claussen said. "But she's not afraid to hang in there."
"So much of it is mental," Cassidy said. "Once you have the physical part of tracking the ball across the field down, I have to be in the mindset to jump in front of it."
Lexi Corrente, Barron Collier softball — Had three hits, including two doubles, and scored the game-winning run in a win over Naples.
Daniele Garcia, Immokalee softball — Pitched complete game victories over district foes Estero and Lely last week.
Navia Penrod, Lely softball — Hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and three doubles in two games.
Delaney Semancik, Gulf Coast lacrosse — Combined for 11 goals and three assists in wins over Lely and Palmetto Ridge.