Lady Spartans Gear Up For States; OFA Grad Drafted Into MLB

Lady Spartans Gear Up For States; OFA Grad Drafted Into MLB

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A local girls' high school lacrosse team is getting ready for the state final four and an athlete from Ogdensburg has been drafted by a major league team.

For the first time in the program's history the South Jefferson girls' lacrosse team is playing in June.

The Lady Spartans will head to SUNY Cortland for a state Class D semifinal with Mattituck-Southold of Long Island on Friday.

"We're going into it like we have every other game of the year," Coach Jen Williams said, "just we've got to stay on track with what we do, stay focused, stay humble and make sure that we're going with our game plan that we've done for the past few games." 

In their two state games, the Lady Spartans have outscored their opponents 32-7. One of the keys to the team's success has been their stingy defense...

"Yeah, our defense has definitely improved all throughout the season and I feel like we are finally meshing together and we're in a really good spot and our big stops our offense can capitalize on so its just really big accomplishment for our defense," player Mara Hathaway said. 

On Friday the top-ranked team in the state will face its toughest test to date, meeting a Mattituck-Southold team

"Well, they're a very good team from the island and they have very similar qualities as we do," Williams said. "Their offense is high powered, their defense has held opponents to an average goal of 7 goals per game." 

For the seniors on the team it's the culmination of years of hard work during the regular season and in the off season as well.

"It feels amazing," Madisyn Van Horn said. "We worked so hard to make it to this point and all the alumni ahead of us have helped forge this path for us and especially, as I said, being a senior makes it that much more special," 

"We've been waiting all four years for this," Sydney Roderick said. "It's a really big deal for our program being the first time in history and we're really proud to be the first ones to be able to do it." 

Seth Pinkerton Drafted

Seth Pinkerton, a former OFA baseball player who attends Hartford University, was selected in the 20th round of the major league entry draft Wednesday by the Minnesota Twins.

He's the first Section 10 player to be drafted by a major league club since Mike Farrell of Ogdensburg was drafted by the Montreal Expos in 1988.

Pinkerton is scheduled to play his senior season in college, but that may change now that he's been drafted.

"I was speechless at first," he said. "It's still sinking in right now -- it's just incredible that a kid from the north country is given this opportunity and I'm going to take full advantage of it."

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