Leto, Perselay, Messinger earn All-America honors

By Mark Kitchin


Chatham standouts Jaclyn Leto and Kelsey Perselay and Mendham’s Aly Messinger have been selected All-Americans by US Lacrosse it was recently revealed.

They will join Mary Alati of Glen Ridge, Caroline Cordrey of Summit and Kelci Smesko of Ridgewood in representing Northern New Jerseyon the national list of nearly 300 athletes designated by the sport’s national governing body to be honored. The complete list including the South Jersey All-Americans can be accessed at Laxpower.com.

Chatham, which finished the season at 23-3 and captured Morris County Tournament and Group II titles on the way to the Tournament of Champions title game, was ably supported by terrific performances by Leto and Perselay.

                                     Chatham’s Jaclyn Leto  (photo by Mark Kitchin)

Leto, a senior midfielder, scored 112 goals and dished 48 assists. She was Chatham’s most reliable scoring threat and a key cog in the Cougars dynamic transition offense. She will also be remember for scoring four goals including the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left in regulation to give Chatham the Morris County Tournament title for its third championship since 2008. Leto will be attending Dartmouth Universityin the fall.

Perselay, the team’s center, was a key performer on the draw and also excelled in the team’s offensive schemes. She finished with 76 goals and 27 assists and she will be attending Georgetown Universityin September.

                                           Chatham’s Kelsey Perselay (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

Mendham’s Aly Messinger will be a talented asset to the Universityof North Carolina program. The Minutemen senior attack player finished with 87 goals and 68 assists. Mendham (19-5) advanced to the Group III title game before losing to eventual T of C champion Moorestown. She also scored six goals in the MCT title game.

Virginia-bound Alati had 55 goals and 52 assists for Group I champion Glen Ridge (21-4). Cordrey is headed for the fledgling USC program which is being coached by formerMountain Lakes and Northwestern standout Lindsey Munday. She helped the Hilltoppers to a 14-5 mark with an 80-goal, 12-assist season. Kelci Smesko is headed for Duke. The Ridgewood standout scored four of her 59 goals in the Maroon’s narrow loss to Chatham in the Tournament of Champions.Ridgewood finished with a 22-3 record.

                                            Mendham’s Aly Messinger (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

A list of Honorable Mention All-Americans was also released. It includes Mendham standout Maggie Sinzer and Mountain Lakes’ Casey Drollinger. Kate Martino (Summit), Caroline Thiele (GlenRidge) and Ann Vreeland (Pingry) conclude the list of North New Jersey standouts for honorable mention honors.


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Mark Kitchin is a boys varsity basketball writer for the Morris County New Jersey area

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