Four Girls LAX Standouts Sign

Four seniors from East Islip High School's standout girls varsity lacrosse team have signed National Letters of Intent to play for three different colleges.

Goalie Krista Ancona chose Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., where she plans to study either education or communications while playing for the Mavericks. The senior, who has been playing lacrosse since age five, based her selection on three observations. "Mercy has a good campus, I like the people there and the coach is really nice," she explained.

St. Thomas Aquinas College in upstate Rockland County will be the destination for Victoria Gregson, who will major in forensic science. The fact that Aquinas offered her field of study was a major factor in her choice of the Spartans. "I loved it there, it's beautiful," said the senior, who plays attack and has been active in lacrosse since fifth grade.

Both Jacqueline Niciforo and Lisa Olen signed with local university LIU Post's Division II lacrosse program.

"I liked the campus, it's a nice size," said Olen, a midfielder who has been playing since age five. She is still undecided in regards to a major, but already knows she's going to be playing for the first time on the same Pioneers team as her older sister Ashley, an East Islip all-county lacrosse player and member of the Class of 2008. "That's going to be really exciting," said Lisa.

Niciforo is also undecided on a major, but is looking forward to campus life at Post, not far from East Islip. "I wanted to stay home and be away at the same time," the midfielder said. She also played varsity basketball at EI. Like Olen, she has an older sister at Post. Alexa Niciforo, who played lacrosse for East Islip and graduated in 2010, is a member of the university's soccer team and was named to the NSCAA All-East Region Second Team this season.