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Meet the 2024 Daily News Girls Lacrosse All-Star team

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After combing over statistics and results, and with the guidance of local athletic directors and coaches, we at the Daily News selected All-Stars for baseball, softball, boys and girls lacrosse, boys and girls tennis, boys and girls track and field, boys volleyball and rugby.

Although the sports and skill sets may vary, there’s no denying that this group put up otherworldly numbers this spring while helping their respective teams find success – whether that be on the diamond, field, court or track.

Without further ado, the Daily News presents its 2024 All-Stars for girls lacrosse: 

Tara Battaglino, Wellesley

Just a sophomore, she was named a USA Lacrosse All-american and invited to the USA U16 Combine. The Bay State Conference Carey Division MVP poured in 83 goals with 31 assists, as the Raiders reached the Division 1 state final. Battaglino also added 69 draw controls and 28 caused turnovers. She is a member of the American Select Massachusetts Team 1 and US Lacrosse MA/RI Team 1. “Tara is one of the best all-around players in the state. She is difficult to defend on the offensive end, relentless through the midfield and on the draw circle, and an excellent defender,” Wellesley coach Steve Balter said. “What she has accomplished as only a sophomore puts in a position to be one of the greatest players in our program’s long and distinguished history.”

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Abby Begans, Wellesley

The sophomore put up 50 goals, 19 assists and115 draw controls. She was named a member of the American Select Massachusetts Team 1, US Lacrosse MA/RI Ream 1 and a Bay State Conference all-star for the Division 1 state finalists. “Abby is a tremendous all-around player. Her skill and tenacity on the draw made her a key to our success this season,” Raiders coach Steve Balter said. “Offensively, she has an incredible shot both right and left-handed, which makes her a threat from anywhere on the field.”

Lydia Canavan, Lincoln-Sudbury

The Davidson-bound senior was named an All-American and second team EMGLCA All-Star. She also earned DCL All-Star honors after scoring 36 goals with 13 assists. Canava won 60 draw controls and picked up 18 ground balls with 14 caused turnovers, as the Warriors advanced to the Division 1 Final Four for the third year in a row. “Lydia is a two-way midfielder who has been the backbone of our defensive scheme the last two seasons,” L-S coach Kaillie Kelly said. “While her defense is the signature piece of her game, she is also a force in the offensive end with exceptional speed and an incredible arsenal of deceptive shots and pinpoint accuracy.”

Kelly Devine, Dover-Sherborn

The Tri-Valley League Small Player of the Year was an EMLCA honorable mention all-star. She registered 60 goals and 35 assists as a senior, both of which led the Raiders. Devine added 48 draw controls and 19 ground balls, as D-S advanced to the Division 3 Round of 16. “Kelly was the heartbeat of our attack this year. It wasn’t by accident that Kelly led the team goals and assists, she set the tone every practice and game for the rest of the team,” D-S coach Erin Massimi said. “She worked harder than everyone else, even when every muscle in her body ached, she showed up ready to work and make her teammates better.”

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Julia Flynn, Franklin

The junior was a Hockomock all-star and MEGLCA honorable mention all-star. She scored 37 goals with 13 assists to go along with 92 draw controls, 28 ground balls and 25 caused turnovers in her first full year playing in the midfield. “She is one of the fiercest competitors I have ever coached. She made plays all over the field, and was key to gaining us possession on the draw, in the ride and on the defensive end,” Franklin coach Kristin Igoe Guarino said.

Harper Friedholm, Lincoln-Sudbury

The two-time All-American will play at Cornell next season. She’s also an academic All-American and a first-team EMGLCA All-Star as a senior. The DCL Player of the Year led the Warriors back to the Division 1 Final Four for the third year in a row with 65 goals and 16 assists. She also won 57 draw controls with 31 ground balls and 17 caused turnovers. “Harper is a true, two-way midfielder who is dominant in every facet of the game. She is an excellent shooter, a force in the defensive end, and is incredible in transition,” L-S coach Kaillie Kelly said. “She has an exceptional lacrosse IQ, is relentless on 50/50 balls, and is among the most talented and hardworking players in the entire state of Massachusetts.”

Fallon Lozano, Nipmuc

She poured in 91 goals – second in Central Mass. – and added 21 assists to total 112 points as a junior. Lozano is up to 359 points in her career. The Warriors advanced to the Division 3 Round of 16. “Fallon is an extremely versatile player, who knows how to step up and motivate the team in difficult games. She uses every opportunity to better not only her game, but her teammates. She has been an incredible player for this program, and is expected to continue creating her legacy next season,” Nipmuc coach Grace Merten said.

Annie Harwich, Algonquin

The three-year starting defender was a 2024 USA Lacrosse All-American. She was also a Mid-Wach A first team and led the Titans in ground balls and caused turnovers. “Annie is every coach’s dream player. She plays for the love of the game and the betterment of her teammates, rather than the glory for herself. As a defender, Annie has a lacrosse IQ that is better than most players,” Algonquin coach Emma Davis said. “Without Annie on the field, our team would never have been as successful as it was.”

Anna Magennis, Ashland

She cracked the 100-goal barrier in her senior season with 102 to go along with 47 assists. The future UConn Husky was named a USA Lacrosse All-American, EMGLCA first team All-Star and the Clockers’ MVP. Magennis also appeared in ESPN’s Top 10 plays countdown, as Ashland reached the Division 3 quarterfinals. “Anna is a standout player all over the field. Her skills and lacrosse IQ are incredible, and her relentless hustle for every draw control, ground ball, and caused turnover has made a huge impact on the success of our team,” Ashland coach Katie Blasi said. “She will thrive on and off the field at UConn.

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Olivia Melanson, Medway

She poured in 62 goals and was named a TVL all-star. The junior contributed 103 draw control wins and added seven assists. Melanson converted 56 percent of her shots into goals and was named the Mustangs MVP. She notched 13 hat tricks and had a goal in all 19 Medway games. “Mel is one of the best and most humble players I have had the honor to coach. Her work ethic, drive, and passion for lacrosse inspires her teammates. Before every practice, you can find her shooting on net or working with teammates,” Medway coach Krystal DePaolo said. “I am fortunate enough to have her for one more season.”

Jillian Mele, Wayland

The junior was named a second-team EMGLCA all-star after leading the Warriors to the Division 3 quarterfinals. She is committed to the University of Vermont.

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Olivia Norchi, Natick

The Colgate-bound senior was named an EMGLCA Second Team All Star and a USA Lacrosse All-Academic player. She scored 101 goals with 22 assists and 109 draw controls. Norchi was a Bay State All-Star and has 307 career goals. “She is versatile and can create offense with or without the ball. She has a strong lacrosse IQ and understands how to work off the ball and time her cuts,” Natick coach Rebecca Reed said. “She is driven and always works hard pushing herself and her teammates to elevate their game. She’s a great kid that I have enjoyed coaching.”

Ella Ryan, Lincoln-Sudbury

She was an EMGLCA honorable mention all-star and a DCL all-star. The junior also was selected for the MA/RI Team 2. Ryan scored 54 goals with 17 assists, 18 ground balls, 49 draw controls and10 caused turnovers. She will continue her career at Williams once she graduates in 2025. “Ella is a dynamic midfielder with great speed and change of direction. She is a force inside of the 8m and is very crafty in working her way to the cage,” L-S coach Kaillie Kelly said. “She has a slick stick, a wide range of dodges, and makes massive plays in the defensive end. She is strong on the draw, and is an X factor in transition because she is impossible to stop when she is at full speed.”

Kate Sams, Westborough

The two-year captain poured in 54 goals with 11 assists and was a first-team Mid-Wach A all-star. She contributed 48 draw controls, 22 ground balls and eight caused turnovers. “Kate is a player that comes to every single team event with a smile on her face. She is the captain my players turn to if they have a personal issue going on off the field, if they have a question on the field, or if they want someone to help motivate them back into the game when we’re down or not playing our best game,” Westborough coach Whitney McKay said. “Statistics are something that eventually can be replicated if someone works hard enough or if you have the right players around you to make the game happen. What Kate brings to the team is irreplaceable.”

Julia Schreiber, Ashland

She was a TVL All-Star and USA Lacrosse All-Academic selection after notching 58 goals and 23 assists in her senior season. The Bentley-bound midfielder was named the Clockers’ offensive player of the year. “Julia is a smart player and a competitive and intense athlete. She is an offensive threat whether she is shooting or setting up her teammates, and can shut down other teams defensively. She has a great future ahead of her,” Ashland coach Katie Blasi said.

Kaitlyn Uller, Wellesley

She amassed over 100 points with 52 goals and a team-record 52 assists, as the Raiders reached the Division 1 state championship game. Uller, who will play at Davidson next season, added 31 draw controls. She is a Bay State Conference all-star and a member of the US Lacrosse Ma/RI Team 1. “Kaitlyn is the consummate team player. This year, she sacrificed some of her individual goals for the betterment of the team,” Wellesley coach Steve Balter said. “Her unselfish and stellar play was a key reason we made it to the state finals.”

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Honorable mention

Rachel Bouvier, junior, Hopkinton

Abby Burke, sophomore, Hopkinton

Olivia Comella, junior, Wellesley

Gabby Dergham, senior, Tri-County

Cayla Ehrlich, senior, Westborough

Ava Gill, sophomore, Tri-County

Ella Hobin, junior, Marlborough

Ella Hsieh, junior, Medway

Regan Kittredge, freshman, Westborough

Finley Knapp, junior, Wayland

Hannah Lawrence, senior, Natick

Lucie Mato, freshman, Hopkinton

Ella Taylor, junior, Medway

Addisen Trella, freshman, Tri-County

Paige Tripp, junior, Ashland

Lily Villaflor, senior, Westborough

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