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High Point University-bound Erica Perrotta concluded her West Essex girls lacrosse career as the leading scorer in the program's rich history. She was also star for WE's girls soccer team. (Photos by Bill Allen-njsportaction.net)

Wessex’s All-Time Top Scorer
Set For College At High Point
By Bill Allen
For sidelinechatter.com

NORTH CALDWELL-- Sometimes, things just work out.

Wearing jersey No. 1 in girls lacrosse, Erica Perrotta ended up as the No. 1 scorer in West Essex history, totaling 232 goals and 58 assists in her career that concluded this past June.

A 4-year starter for the perennially powerful Lady Knights sticks squad, Perrotta will now continue her athletic endeavors at High Point University, just outside of Greensboro, North Carolina.

“It's a 10 hour drive to High Point, but I fell in love with the school as soon as I toured the campus,” said Perrotta of her college choice.

A midfielder at Wessex, Perrotta may or may not be a middie for the Panthers. “There are 10 girls in our incoming class who played midfield in high school, so I'm not exactly sure where I might me playing at High Point,” she said.

This past season, she recorded 70 scores and 26 assists for a total of 96 points for the Wessex laxladies who went 16-5 and who won the Essex County Tournament title in 2014.

“It's going to be weird being a freshman again, but, just like at West Essex, I'm going to work very hard and do my best as a new player and, who knows, I could be a starter as a freshman or a sophomore,” said Perrotta. “One of the things I'm looking forward to is our game against Virginia Tech in 2015.

“Amanda Uliano (another member of the WE Class of '14 and also a 4-year girls lax starter) will be on the Tech team and it would be great to have a chance to play against her during our first year in college.”

Perrotta, who will wear No. 4 at High Point University, also wore No. 4 as a four-year starter for the WE girls soccer squad.

During her senior season, Perrotta scored 15 of the Lady Knights kickers contingent's 30 total goals, to go along with a half-dozen assists, and led the locals to an appearance in the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 2, Group 3 title tilt, where Wessex was beaten by West Morris Central.

West Essex graduate Erica Perrotta (1) finished with 232 career goals

 

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