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2017-06-15 / Sports

Mazur, Kasprzyk share All-Bee Girls Player of the Year honor

by PATRICK J. NAGY Reporter


Allison Kasprzyk, Co-All-Bee Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year with Lancaster’s Maddie Mazur, set school records at East Aurora for single-game (10), single-season (91) and career goals (145). 
File photo by Jake FrenchPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Allison Kasprzyk, Co-All-Bee Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year with Lancaster’s Maddie Mazur, set school records at East Aurora for single-game (10), single-season (91) and career goals (145). File photo by Jake FrenchPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Maddie Mazur and Allison Kasprzyk are two of the most talented girls’ lacrosse players in Section VI, and that has not gone unnoticed by the coaches in the Bee coverage area.

Mazur, a freshman midfielder at Lancaster, and Kasprzyk, a senior attack for East Aurora, both received the same number of votes to share the 2017 All-Bee Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year honor.

“I never expected it,” Mazur said. “It’s such an honor and a surprise.”

“It’s really awesome,” Kasprzyk said. “It’s good to know that all of the work I put in over the summer paid off.”

Mazur has been a part of Lancaster’s lacrosse program since age 4 when she played for the Mini-Monsters club team.

“All of the girls treat you like a family,” Mazur said. “They are so welcoming and support you. You want to go to practice and play in the games.”

Mazur, who has 66 varsity goals in two years, including 38 this spring to finish third on the team, plays with a maturity beyond her years.

Lancaster coach Julie Buccieri said Mazur never cares how many goals she scores in a game, as long as the team wins and gets better.

Mazur also won a team-high 116 draw controls, but Buccieri said Mazur credited her teammate, Stephanie Herrnreiter, for placing the ball in the right spot for Mazur to win it and give the team a possession.

“I knew I probably wasn’t going to be the leading scorer, but I wanted to do anything I could to help out the team,” Mazur said. “It’s not about the stats but about getting to your final goals.”

“She is a hard worker and will give you everything she has got,” Buccieri said. “After we lost to Frontier in the section final, she was already preparing for next season. She is a threat whether she has the ball or is cutting for the ball on the draw. She does a lot of the little things right. She is an awesome teammate and has devoted herself to be not only the best lacrosse player but the best athlete that she can be. The girls look up to her on the field, and they know she will do anything for them.”

Being humble is something that was instilled in Mazur by her parents: Dave, who coaches at Lancaster and was named the 2017 All-Bee Boys Lacrosse Coach of the Year, and Jodi.

“They always told me and my brother [Ben] to be humble and have your actions speak for your words,” Mazur said.

Mazur has not only gained the respect of the coaches in the Bee coverage area, but also her teammates, as she was chosen as the team MVP.

She was also selected as the first girls’ lacrosse player from Lancaster to be chosen to the Upstate New York Under Armour Girls Lacrosse eighth- and ninth-grade team, which consists of players from Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, June 29-July 2 at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Kasprzyk, a four-year varsity player and three-year starter, had a season to remember for East Aurora, setting the program’s single-game (10), single-season (91) and career record (145) for goals.

“I definitely think that once the season started and I saw how things were going, I put my mind to it and made it my goals for the season,” Kasprzyk said. “We had a much younger offense this year, and I felt like I had to fill in a leadership role and take charge of the offense. It worked out well.”

“She has a keen sense of when to pull the trigger and just keep possession of the ball,” East Aurora coach Christina Schutrum said. “She tries to get in to the goal, and when she is double- or triple-teamed, she pulls it back and keeps possession. She studies the goal and decides what shot selection to use.”

East Aurora went 8-0 and won a regular-season division title for the first time, and won the inaugural Section VI Class D title, the program’s fifth section title and first since 2006. The Lady Blue Devils finished with a 14-3 overall record.

“It’s awesome,” Kasprzyk said. “Once we won the division, we had the potential to make history, and we were set on getting that.”

Kasprzyk said playing club lacrosse in spring, summer and fall with Empress Lacrosse helped get her prepared for the season.

“It was a miracle for me,” Kasprzyk said. “The coaches were all helpful and made sure everyone reached their potential.”

Kasprzyk will play lacrosse in college at the University of Findlay, a Division II school in Ohio.

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