Northstars win spoils a historic night for Hamilton West’s Meara and Hood

Melanie Meara
Hamilton High West Girls Lacrosse player Melanie Meara jumps for joy after scoring her 100th career goal against Nottingham.  Photo by Michael A. Sabo

By Rich Fisher

May 12: Two Hamilton West girls’ lacrosse players reached impressive milestones at Veterans Park Thursday night, but an improved Nottingham team took home the evening’s big prize.

The Northstars, who won the first game in program history last year, tripled that total this season by taking a 7-5 victory over the Hornets.

But in defeat, Hamilton’s Maddie Meara became the third West player to score 100 career goals, while goalie Shannon Hood made nine saves, including the 250th of her career.

Meara, who set Hamilton’s single-season record for goals one game earlier, needed just one to hit the century mark. But the Northstars shut her down in the first half en route to a 5-1 lead.

Hamilton made a furious second-half comeback and Meara got her history maker with nine minutes remaining, but the Northstars held on to improve to 3-8.

Michaela Donnelly led Nottingham with four goals and two assists, giving her 28 goals for the season and 57 for her career. Should the sophomore keep up this pace, she will become the first Northstar to crack 100.

Karicia Perea added two goals and an assist, while Giuliana Pocino had a goal for the Stars. Rachel Soto-Garcia made seven saves for the win.

Meara finished with three goals, while Lauren LeClaire and McKenna Wolcott had one apiece. Meara, who has 60 goals this season, joins Erin Septer and Lashay Ross as Hamilton’s 100-goal scorer. Ross had the previous record for goals in a season with 55.

About The Author

Rich Fisher has been around the Hamilton Township sports scene for so long that he actually got Rich Giallella’s autograph when Giallella was still a player! Proud product of Hamilton YMCA and Lou Gehrig baseball leagues and former teammate of Jim Maher on a very average Barton & Cooney rec basketball team, Fish graduated from Nottingham Junior High and Steinert High school and has covered township sports since 1980. His goal in life is to convince Maria Prato that Jersey tomatoes are at least 100 times better than California tomatoes.