Heading into her team’s game against King Friday, May 11, Ellie Kalman needed eight goals to reach the 100-career goal milestone. It looked like the eighth-grader would have to wait till the playoffs to make history, but she got what she needed in leading Harvey’s girls varsity lacrosse team to a 21-7 victory at home against the visiting Vikings on “Senior Day.” Ellie’s last goal was the history-maker. She now is the fifth player on the current roster to score at least 100 career goals.
Ellie, who first joined the team as a sixth-grader but did not see any action, burst on the scene last year when she scored 36 goals in her first year of eligibility. This year she is among the team’s scoring leaders with 64 goals, averaging more than four goals per game during the regular season. Playing on attack most of the time, Ellie is shifted to midfield when needed.
Harvey coach Greg Janos is not surprised to see the middle schooler’s rise to prominence on the lacrosse field. “Ellie has always been a hard worker, and last year we saw her confidence grow as she started to find her way around on the field. She has been a tough competitor and has always been able to hold her ground against the toughest opponents.”
Coach Janos fully expects that Ellie will continue to be a major offensive threat. “She’s fast and strong, and has good stick skills which allow her to get herself into a position to rip a shot,” coach Janos said. “Ellie has a shot so hard that we‘ve actually seen goalies just get out of the way,” the coach said. “Not only is her shot hard, but more importantly it’s accurate,” he added.
Ellie joins Sadie Albert, Sophia Scarsella, and Julia Mallon in the Harvey history books as the first four players in program history to score at least 100 goals. Senior Dani Oddo, who transferred to Harvey from Forman for her senior year, scored her 100th career goal last week.
With Albert, Mallon, and Oddo graduating this June, coach Janos expects to depend quite a bit on Ellie’s scoring prowess next year. The coach said, “Ellie has played a major role in our offensive firepower this year and I‘ll be relying more and more on her to take charge on the field next season.”
Ellis was instrumental in helping her teammates go unbeaten in the regular season of the HVAL for the second consecutive year.