Center Moriches grad helps college lax team win NAIA national championship


Center Moriches High School graduate Sydney Passaro helped Keiser University win the women’s lacrosse NAIA national championship over the weekend.

Passaro played attack and starred for the Seahawks as a freshman this spring, scoring 19 goals and tallying 27 points.

She notched a goal and had one assist in Keiser’s 12-7 quarterfinal win over Siena Heights University on May 5 and played all 60 minutes of her Fort Lauderdale, Florida, school’s thrilling 13-11 championship victory over the University of the Cumberlands on May 8 in Savannah, Georgia.

Look for Passaro, No. 17, in the highlights video below.

In April, Passaro scored twice and picked up two ground balls in Keiser’s Mid-South Conference championship 12-6 victory over Cumberlands. She scored at least twice in five games, including a five-goal outburst in a win over Webber International on March 26.

Days after her team’s championship win, Passaro earned second-team All-Conference honors.

In high school, Passaro was a four-year varsity starter in lacrosse, soccer, basketball and track.