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Garden City beats Long Beach in Nassau 'B' semis
Garden City is back in the county final. Why? Because it’s late May and it’s about that time.
Competing for championships has long been part of this program’s annual routine, and the Trojans earned themselves another trip to the title game on Wednesday, beating Long Beach, 14-7, in the Nassau Class B girls lacrosse semifinals.
Haley O’Hanlon had three goals and four assists to lead top-seeded Garden City (17-1). Krista Dampman scored four goals and Margot McTiernan had three, and Taylor Carpentier made seven saves.
The win sets up wa rematch with rival Manhasset in the final on May 29 at Adelphi. Garden City, the seven-time defending state champion, is after a ninth straight county title.
“This is exciting and it’s what we worked towards all season,” defender Linda Marie Attanasio said. “This is where we want to be and where we expected to be, going back to the finals.”
Garden City seemed to be in control early, and took an 8-3 lead into the half, but turnovers and a few offensive miscues kept them from pulling away. The Marines captured some momentum midway through the second half and pulled within 10-6 on Hannah Sofield’s goal with 9:37 remaining.
But then… “We got refocused and decided this is our game,” Attanasio said. “We got down a little, but we reminded ourselves that it wasn’t over and we had to keep going strong.”
Kerry Defliese’s goal, off a feed from O’Hanlon, with 7:12 left, slowed Long Beach’s run. Then O’Hanlon scored her third with 3:23 remaining, and McTiernan scored twice in the final 2:22 to seal the win.
“They’re a good team and they didn’t give up,” McTiernan said of Long Beach. “They started to make a comeback, so we needed to pick it up.”
Sofield, Molly Martin and Melissa Rubin each scored two goals, and Sarah Resznick had 11 saves for Long Beach (6-11), which faced the Trojans for a second straight year in the semifinals.
Garden City will take on No. 2 Manhasset, a team they beat in overtime last month but that is considered the favorite in the bracket by some. The Indians came from behind, down 5 in the first half, and beat Wantagh, 11-10, in the other semifinal.
“It’s gonna motivate us more, since we’re the underdogs now,” Morgayne Rix said. “That just fuels our fire.”
And some quick comments from a few former Garden City athletes in attendance.
Elizabeth Stutzman (Siena lacrosse)
“I saw potential in this group and I saw players step up. Haley O’Hanlon was really impressive and Margot McTiernan, being a sophomore this year, she’s done well. It’s fun seeing that some of the girls I played with have stepped forward and filled the roles of people that graduated. We’re right on track to be where we need to be, so that’s encouraging.”
On facing Manhasset in the final: “Garden City has a reputation for winning, so I think they’ll uphold that.”
Jenna Fuchs (Fairfield lacrosse)
“They’re a great group of girls, so it’s easy to be proud and get excited for them. I think they’ve had people doubting them, but they’re proving themselves with every step. I’m glad to see them get this far and hopefully they’ve got four more games in them. We’re very confident. Manhasset will be a tough game, but – blood, sweat and tears and they can pull it out.”
Srey Powers, after being informed of my prediction, was fixin’ to jump over a fence and hit me. Then I asked her if she was a fencer. The “fence” pun wasn’t intended, I’d just remembered there was a fencer from Garden City named Srey. How many Sreys can there be in one school? More than one, apparently. Whoops. The fencer was Srey Beaulac, who went on to compete at UPenn. Powers is a soccer player at Oneonta State.
Tracy Rendano (Villanova soccer)
“They killed it today, and that’s it. I disagree with your thoughts on Manhasset winning… Because I know we’re gonna kill it in counties.”
(Speaking of killing it: My phone narrowly escaped death during one of these interviews. But that’s in unrelated news and if you weren’t there, you won’t care.)