CENTRAL SQUARE – The Central Square, Fulton and Oswego high school girls’ lacrosse programs can be fierce rivals in the spring, but have learned to act as friendly neighbors during the summer.
The three programs came together Monday night for the Oswego County All-Star Game to cap off a competitive summer league on the grass field of Paul V. Moore High School.
The roughly 40 total players at the three schools were split into two teams of matching skill level and played four 20-minute quarters with no official score kept on a hot night with temperatures in the mid-80s.
“I liked the idea, we play a lot of these girls in season, and it felt good to get together and play with them instead of against them, and meet new people,” said the future Central Square junior, Olivia Ruzekowicz. “We had a good laugh and we were competitive in a good way.”
Central Square senior Grace Roberts added: “They’re familiar faces when you play against them again, plus you get to bond with other girls and learn how others play the game.”
The teams were named by jersey color with the white team facing the red/blue unit.
The white team decided their name was “too boring,” according to Oswego sophomore Alaina DiBlasi, so they ended the first quarter and others afterward by shouting together, “FOC Unite,” for incorporate the initials of the three schools.
The blue/red team countered the next quarter with a chant of “COF”, to reverse the name in an effort to wreak havoc with their opponents.
“It was really fun playing all these girls that we’ve played against for the last two years, without even knowing their names before, and playing with them was fun getting to know everyone,” DiBlasi said.
“We were playing defense against our friends, and everyone was laughing, and then you see somebody shoot and you cheer them on even though they’re on the other team, it was just a lot of fun,” he said. she adds. .
The exit ended the fifth year of the ongoing summer league between the three programs. They first played Oswego for three years, then began rotating the host site to Fulton last summer and Central Square in recent weeks.
The All-Star Game to end the summer session was the first of its kind and for many players in attendance it served as a break from a busy summer schedule of competitive travel tournaments and club presentations.
“While it’s fun to take things seriously even in these (summer) games, when you play with your friends it just brings an aspect that you don’t normally get in a regular game, so playing with and against our teammates was really fun,” said Oswego junior Kylie Fritton.
Unique conversations took place throughout the game with good-natured banter from classmates on opposing teams.
At one point, a defender and striker were discussing post-match dinner plans while facing each other and awaiting action on their side of the pitch. Discussions about upcoming football trials were also among the many topics discussed between opposing players and teammates on the pitch.
“I think it was a good experience for us to mix it all up,” Fulton senior Olivia Metcalf said. “We play each other during the regular season, and it gets intense during that time, so I think it’s good that we were able to mix and learn to play together. … The banter between everyone, we knew that. was fun.
All three programs are coming out of the Section 3 playoffs and are working to maintain their respective momentum.
Central Square (11-5) and Oswego (5-11) advanced to Class A, each suffering a first-round loss.
“I think it’s fun to play against people we normally play with and to play against people from other teams that we play against this season,” Fulton senior Grace Clary said. “We all had a good laugh and bonded, and it was good working with everyone.”
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