A senior night to remember for Szilagyi


Colin Davis

North Penn Lacrosse honored its 8 seniors prior to Monday’s game against Pennridge.

TOWAMENCIN – Senior Lily Szilagyi has always been a difference-maker. Since freshman year, Szilagyi was a varsity player that proved herself as a staple on the field. On Monday evening, Szilagyi scored her 100th career goal. The senior was mobbed by her teammates in a moment of celebration. 

“Finally scoring that 100th goal felt amazing,” Szilagyi said. “It is such a huge accomplishment for me.”  

Finally scoring that 100th goal felt amazing. It is such a huge accomplishment for me.”

North Penn coach Heather Mellow spoke about Szilagyi’s milestone and how much she accomplished over her 4 years.

“Lily has been great since she started as a freshman,” Mellow said. “She’s just a great and humble kid. I’m happy to finally get this milestone out of the way.”

The night started off with North Penn seniors being honored. Ali Lindsay, Caroline Hoy, Julia Yannul, Kathryn Rimmer, Laynie Doran, Lily Szilagyi, Maura Schaffer, and Michele Park got recognized with their family members by their side. 

Early goals by Szilagyi, Rimmer, and junior Emily Varilla gave North Penn an early 7-2 lead. Pennridge used a couple of defensive lapses to string together a 4-1 run and cut the deficit to 8-6. Going into the half, Lindsay and Szilagyi tacked on a goal apiece to double the lead. 

Szilagyi and Rimmer picked up where they left off scoring two goals to open up the second half. After another small 3-1 run by Pennridge, Szilagyi answered with her 5th goal of the night extending the North Penn lead to 5. Pennrdige did not go down without a fight and started rallying goals together in the final minutes.

“I think we were a bit distracted with the celebration and everything going on,” Mellow said. “I think if there was a bit more time then there may have been over time.” 

4 straight goals by Pennridge, including 2 in the final minute, cut the deficit to one. With 16 seconds left, Pennridge started pushing their final attack but was not able to convert. North Penn barely survived what was an emotional rollercoaster of a night. 

“We need to stay focused,” Mellow said. “We have a big game coming up in Council Rock South. We want to be prepared for it.” 

Before Council Rock, North Penn will travel to Bensalem on Wednesday with a 3:45 start time.