Tonawanda News — No member of the Thunder has been more able to handle in-game pressure than senior attacker Shannon Pelitera. The 2012 News girl’s lacrosse Player of the Year has been impossible to stop once again this season. She scored her 100th career goal on April 30 and has started on the varsity team since she was a freshman.
Pelitera, who has 41 goals this season and is second on the all-time MSM scoring list with 102 career goals, didn’t spend too much time thinking about the accomplishment, though, she’s more concerned with winning games.
“I didn’t think about it too much but then my coach mentioned it to me and I thought, ‘OK, I can do it,’” she said. “Our coach really tells us to stay focused and it doesn’t matter who we’re playing, whatever team it is, we still have to stay as focused as possible as a team and communicate.”
Dauria said Pelitera is one of the best players to ever put on a Thunder uniform.
“The first day she walked into the gym she had a broken hand and I thought, ‘Oh, this kid is just coming to watch,’ But her Dad said, ‘Oh no, she is playing with a cast on her hand.’ And I was like, ‘Well, we have a real lacrosse player here,’” Dauria said. “Since then she’s been great.
“The first game she started for us and she’s started every game since then, and has only come out (of a game) a total of 25 minutes her entire career. She’s been an absolute rock. … We’ll miss her a lot next year.”
After Pelitera, senior Gabriela D’Aguilar and sophomore Olivia McDonald help make the Thunder arguably the most feared offensive team in the Monsignor Martin league.
Dauria said D’Aguiar, who was an All-Catholic selection last season, is another rock solid player for MSM who always wins ground balls and plays with a level head.