BRISTOL - Greta Panke will pack her bags at the end of the month and head to Baltimore.
The St. Paul girls lacrosse standout was selected to represent Connecticut at the 2019 U.S. Lacrosse Women’s National Tournament, one of the country’s marquee college recruiting events, May 25-26 in Maryland.
Falcons head coach Elaine Bowman nominated Panke for the tryout, held May 5 at Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, and she was chosen from the pool of players to be on the team. The selectors were current high school coaches from across the state.
The tournament features 60 school girl teams from across the nation and coincides with the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Final Four in Baltimore on May 24 and 26.
All girls who are freshmen, sophomores or juniors, either playing for a high school team or an approved scholastic club team, could try out for the National Tournament. Games begin at 8 a.m. May 25 and May 26.
Panke is one of the leaders for a St. Paul team that is 10-2 and has won 11 in a row.
“Greta is a great all-around midfielder,” Bowman said. “Her stick skills are excellent, and she contributes on the field on both offense and defense. She does a great job on the draw for us, which has helped us immensely in close games. Greta’s shooting is definitely her strength, and she impresses people with her fakes, strength and accuracy.”
There does not project to be any scheduling conflicts, as St. Paul’s final regular season game is scheduled for May 21 against St. Bernard, and the first round of the Class S state tournament is set for May 28.
Playdowns for Class S are set for May 24-25, but the Falcons are sitting as the No. 6 seed in the Class S state rankings for the postseason tournament and won’t play until May 28 at the earliest.
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