East Hampton’s Maggie Pizzo Is a National Champion

Maggie Pizzo is fifth from the left in the rear row.

    This past season, Maggie Pizzo, a pert but tough lacrosse midfielder who is about to enter her sophomore year at East Hampton High School, was the leading scorer on Bonac’s lacrosse team, which barely missed the playoffs, was named to the all-county team, and was subsequently picked to try out for the Yellow Jackets, a select Long Island all-star squad coached by Northport’s Carol Rose.
    Fresh from the Yellow Jackets’ win in a national under-15 tournament at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports complex at Disney World, Maggie said during a conversation at The Star the other day that she became interested in the sport as a sixth-grader. “I played in high school, in Maryland,” said her mother, Mimi. “We bought a stick for her and we began tossing the ball back and forth.”
    She and her family, friends of the Grossmans, whose son, Zach, led East Hampton High School to county and Long Island golf championships this spring, lived near Charleston, S.C., in her seventh-grade year. The Grossmans had moved there so that Zach could play golf year-round. “I think my husband [John] moved down there so he could play more golf,” Maggie’s mother, said with a smile.
At any rate, there being no high school girls lacrosse in the Charleston area, the Pizzos, with Maggie and her brothers, John Jr. (a member of this year’s championship golf team) and 3-year-old Finn, came back here.
As an eighth grader, Maggie immediately made an impact on a Bonac girls lacrosse team that is becoming progressively stronger.
An all-around athlete, she also plays volleyball and basketball. In volleyball last fall, she backed up East Hampton’s all-American libero, Kim Valverde, and played point guard on the junior varsity basketball team. But lacrosse, she said, is her first love.