WHITESBORO, N.Y. (WKTV) - Playing for a win, a trophy and a cause on Friday, the New Hartford girls lacrosse team pulled ahead in the second half and held off rival Whitesboro 12-9 in the teams' first-ever Pink Game.
Following in the boys teams' tradition of their annual Sparrior Cup game, the girls teams decided to put an official stamp on their own rivalry this season and tied it into promoting breast cancer awareness, hence the "pink" in the title. The proceeds from the game will benefit the Central New York affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
New Hartford led 5-3 at halftime before Whitesboro tied it 5-5 early in the second half. The Lady Spartans then took off with a 4-0 run in 3:18 to break the game open.
Jessie Rys led New Hartford with five goals, Ashley Chanatry had three and an assist, Theano Alvanos added two and one and Andrea Obeid made 10 saves in goal. Whitesboro was led offensively by Fran Cotrupe with three goals, Michelle Ruskey and Samantha Getman each scored twice and goalies Kate Balsamico and Brittany Blair combined to make 10 saves.
New Hartford is now 4-4 overall; Whitesboro drops to 1-7.