The Garden City (N.Y.) High girls' lacrosse program -- which has produced 14 All-Americas and won 11 Long Island titles in the last 14 years -- is the Goliath of an area where lacrosse is king.
But even by those lofty standards, Trojans senior Erin Brennan is special. The University of Pennsylvania-bound attacker is putting the finishing touches on an already stellar career with a senior campaign for the ages. Through 14 games, Brennan has led the two-time defending state champion Trojans to a 13-1 record. With 82 points she is on pace to break Garden City's record for points in a season set by former Virginia star Amy Appelt. As this season winds down Brennan already is beginning to feel a bit nostalgic.
"This season has been a little bittersweet," Brennan said. "I've been playing with these girls for so long and we've had so much success that it's going to be hard to see it end. But we still have a lot to play for this year."
What separates Brennan, who is the top-rated attacker in the Sports Illustrated/TAKKLE Girls' Lacrosse player rankings, from the other talented players across the country is her unselfishness. Of her 82 points through the first 14 games, 37 have come off assists. In a recent game against Long Island power Shoreham-Wading River, Brennan had assists on all three goals the Trojan scored in overtime in a tight 18-15 victory.
"She really understands the team game and has made herself into a terrific player," Garden City coach Diane Chapman says.
Shannon Smith, West Babylon (N.Y.) High
Smith is a goal scorer in the purest sense of the word. A member of the U.S. U-19 squad last summer who already with 70 goals this season, the Northwester-bound Smith is a one-woman offensive show. She will be a force at the next level.
Chelsea Robinson, Lakeland High (Putnam Valley, N.Y.)
The Virginia signee is only 5-4, but don't let her size fool you. She is a tenacious attacker whose quickness creates scoring opportunities for herself and teammates. She may have the best first step of any attacker in the country.
Casey Ancarrow, John Carroll School (Bel Air, Md).
Teammate Alyson Carey, the top-ranked overall player in the SI/TAKKLE top 100, may get all the headlines, but Ancarrow -- who will play at James Madison -- is be the backbone of the team. A rare two-way star who was as valuable on the defensive end as she was while attacking, Ancarrow helped lead John Carroll to its second straight Interscholastic Athletic Association championship -- a league many consider the toughest in the country.