Fan Poll: Which Long Island HS Defender named Top 100 Players on the island by Newsday Deserves Defender of the Year? Newsday publishes this once a year for both the boys and girls so we want to hear from the fans on who they think is the top Defender!

Which Defender Named Top 100 HS Girls Lacrosse Players on LI by Newsday Deserves Defender of the Year?
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Kaitlyn Cole | Sacred Heart | D | Jr.: Cole has incredible awareness and a strong presence on the defensive end with elite speed. Cole had six caused turnovers while facing strong offensive players on a daily basis for the CHSAA ‘AA’ runner-up. She is (2%, 1 Votes)
Christine Dannenfelser | Bayport-Blue Point | D | Sr.: A shutdown 1-on-1 defender who is charged with stopping some of the best low attackers on Long Island. The Hofstra commit has tremendous transition speed. (62%, 33 Votes)
Amanda Ettinger | Seaford | M/D | Sr.: The five-year varsity player had 39 goals and 16 assists while also being a huge contributor on the defensive end. She is committed to South Florida. (0%, 0 Votes)
Mia Fernandes | Comsewogue | D/M | Sr.: She’s one of the top defenders on Long Island who usually has the opponent’s top attacker in her sights. Last season she caused 13 turnovers and picked up 15 ground balls. She’s committed to Marist. (0%, 0 Votes)
Hannah Gilliam | North Shore | D | Jr.: She’s a strong defender with a great lacrosse IQ. Gilliam doesn’t shy away from defending some of the top scorers in the county and is key in the transition game. (0%, 0 Votes)
Morgan Harloff | South Side | D | Jr.: The Stony Brook commit doesn’t shy away from guarding the opposing team’s best player (13%, 7 Votes)
Mia Juvelier | Middle Country | D | Sr.: She anchors the defense and is constantly knocking down passes. Juvelier is a caused-turnover machine and is almost impossible to beat 1-on-1. (0%, 0 Votes)
Katherine Killian | Wantagh | D | Sr.: She is the leader of the Wantagh defense (2%, 1 Votes)
Bella Lanza | Commack | D | Sr.: Lanza is a returning captain and Commack’s top defender. She picked up 34 ground balls and caused 18 turnovers on a team that won 11 games in 2022. (0%, 0 Votes)
Reilly Mahon | Westhampton | D/M | Sr.: She made the switch from defense to midfield last season and had an immediate impact. The Loyola commit had 16 goals (0%, 0 Votes)
Emma McLam | Northport | D | Sr.: She had 24 goals and 10 assists last spring (0%, 0 Votes)
Emily Murtha | Floyd | D | Sr.: Murtha picked up 13 ground balls and caused 13 turnovers last season. She’s committed to Dominican. (0%, 0 Votes)
Mabel Overbeck | Garden City | D | Jr.: The strong (2%, 1 Votes)
Amanda Paci | St. Anthony’s | D | Jr.: Paci's athleticism separates her from other top defenders (2%, 1 Votes)
Olivia Redden | Sayville | D | Sr.: The Jacksonville commit is a solid low defender who is often assigned the opponent’s best attacker. She’s an instinctual player with great clearing ability. (0%, 0 Votes)
Eliza Ritter | North Shore | D | Sr.: Her speed makes her one of the top defenders on Long Island and is key in North Shore’s transition game. The aggressive defender is committed to play at Connecticut College. (0%, 0 Votes)
Abigail Sabella | Mt. Sinai | D | Sr.: She’s a strong clearer who gets the Mustangs rolling in transition. The Stony Brook commit is a tenacious defender who is hard to get past. (2%, 1 Votes)
Alexandra Schneider | Manhasset | D/M | Sr.: The lockdown defender helped anchor one of the best defenses on Long Island en route to a state Class C championship last season. The Virginia commit continuously embraced the challenge of taking on the toughes (2%, 1 Votes)
Janna Weltner | Connetquot | D | Jr.: An experienced starter (4%, 2 Votes)
Brianna Wendling | Bethpage | D | Sr.: The Loyola commit is one of the toughest defenders on Long Island and never shies away from guarding the opposing team’s top players. She also can contribute at midfield as needed. (0%, 0 Votes)
Madison Weybrecht | Bayport-Blue Point | D | Sr.: She was the anchor of a defense that allowed under six goals per game last spring. The JMU commit is dangerous in transition. (9%, 5 Votes)
Total Votes: 53
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