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July 30, 2021 — Your national lacrosse scoring champion

On June 8, Fran Frieri, a junior attacker from Lockport (Ill.) Township, broke the existing national record for girls’ lacrosse goals in a single season. She wound up with 191 goals, which is 21 more than the highest known number of goals scored in a scholastic season.

It was a pretty big deal for the small town of about 25,000 located 30 miles southwest of Chicago. Thing is, it barely made a dent in the local media.

“Our newspaper (The Lockport Legend) closed down because of COVID,” Frieri says. “We had to rely on our social media team in order to get the word out about getting people to come to our games. And that’s how we roll.”

Frieri’s story, and word of her achievements, have circulated within the U.S. lacrosse community. Your national lacrosse scoring champion was chosen for the UnderArmour lacrosse All-American tournament in the Highlight Division as well as a combine of youth lacrosse players competing for spots on the U.S. U-19 World Cup team, scheduled to compete in 2023.

Not bad for a representative of a Lockport team which has only been a varsity program for four years.

“We have a really special program, because none of our girls had really played lacrosse before,” Frieri says. “Our seniors were freshman on that inaugural team.”

Frieri’s talents and skills are readily apparent when you watch her play at the UnderArmour tournament. Her speed, honed by track and field, allows her to skirt opposing defenders before they are ready to throw a check. She is able to execute from the 8-meter arc on free positions. And at one juncture, she took a pass from a teammate and zinged in an over-the-shoulder shot which was nullified by a shooting-space call.

She’s going to be taking her talents to Notre Dame in the fall of 2022. And a big part of the adjustment is to make sure that she’s not going to be defined by her 191-goal season.

But first, there’s a matter of her senior year at Lockport, and trying to improve on the team’s match through to the IHSA Super Sectionals last spring.

“My sister is coming up on the team next year,” Frieri says. “And I want to be able to raise that assist number.”

For the record, Frieri recorded 24 assists in 2021.

Frieri joins a list of past national goal-scoring leaders:

2021: Fran Frieri, Lockport (Ill.) Township, 191
2020: No award because of global pandemic
2019: Brittany Sherrod, Versailles Woodford County (Ky.) 158
2018: Charlie Rudy, Novato (Calif.), 147
2017: Charlie Rudy, Novato (Calif.), 160
2016: Bridget Ruskey, Cape May Courthouse Middle Township (N.J.), 135
2015: Sophia Turchetta, Harvard Bromfield (Mass.), 158
2014: Sophia Turchetta, Harvard Bromfield (Mass.), 170
2013: Daniela McMahon, Saddle River Country Day School (N.J.), 143
2012: Emma Lazaroff, Lafayette Centaurus (Colo.), 143
2011: Alex Moore, Allentown (N.J.), 148
2010: Autumn MacMillin, Tecumseh (Mich.), 157
2009: Katie Ferris, Carthage (N.Y.), 138
2008: Courtney Miller, Chappaqua Horace Greeley (N.Y.) 125
2007: Mallori Selliger, Clarkstown (N.Y.) North, 88
2006: Shannon Smith, West Babylon (N.Y.) 129