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Big win alert: Garden City tops Manhasset

Garden City defender Linda Marie Attanasio.

Garden City defender Linda Marie Attanasio. (Credit: James Escher)

As it turns out, Garden City is still… Garden City.

Junior Haley O’Hanlon scored a career-high four goals, including the winner in overtime, as Garden City edged rival Manhasset, 10-9, on Thursday in Conference I girls lacrosse.

O’Hanlon’s goal with 14 seconds left in the first overtime gave the Trojans a 10-8 lead before Manhasset’s Natalie Stefan scored with 1:43 remaining in the second overtime. Tara DeAngelo’s third goal tied it at 8 with 5:18 left in regulation for Garden City.

“It was an incredible game and it could've gone either way,” said Garden City coach Diane Chapman, whose team improved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in conference. “[Manhasset is] a really good team – fast, skilled, disciplined and well-coached. They're outstanding. My girls just played deep and we really wanted it.”

And with this victory, the Trojans essentially told us all: “Wait a minute.” Garden City’s graduation of several big names, and its showing vulnerability with five regular-season losses last year, brought doubt. Manhasset’s talent and hot start, which includes dominating wins over its first four opponents, signaled a potential passing of the torch. But wait a minute…

Garden City has won a record seven consecutive state Class B championships and, as its 6-0 start has proven, still has a wealth of talent.

“Going into overtime with Manhasset, knowing they had just beaten Wantagh handily, we’re really excited about this win,” Chapman said. Manhasset had beaten Nassau Class B runner-up Wantagh, 19-7, on Tuesday. “They’re an outstanding team, so it’s great coming out of this with a victory.”

Kerry Defliese scored off a pass from O’Hanlon 24 seconds into overtime to put the Trojans ahead, 9-8. Jackie Jahelka added a goal and an assist, and Taylor Carpentier made 14 saves in the win.

Manhasset beat Garden City, 13-9, last season before the Trojans won their last seven en route to a state title.

“We were the victors today, but there’s a really good chance we'll see them again,” Chapman said. The teams also had squared off in the 2011 county final. “We know they’re dangerous and there's a lot we can learn from this game and improve on.”

Manhasset led 6-5 at halftime. Julia Glynn and Lindsey Ronbeck each had two goals and an assist for the Indians (4-1, 2-1). Sarah Phillips scored twice and Kelsey Quackenbush had five saves.

Garden City has graduated eight All-Americans in the last two years. But for what the Trojans may have lost in firepower, this group, thus far, has made up for in gumption. They also rallied to beat Connecticut power Darien, 12-11, in double overtime last Saturday.

“They'll never give up and they keep going,” Chapman said. “They have a lot of heart and determination, which is great.”

Tags: girls lacrosse , Garden City , Manhasset , Diane Chapman , Haley O'Hanlon , Kerry Defliese , Tara DeAngelo , Jackie Jahelka , Taylor Carpentier

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