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Rueger leads CSH over Massapequa
Katherine Rueger sure knows how to boogie. The quick feet, precise moves and graceful steps often draw cheers from her audience.
“She can do anything,” teammate Ashley Lynch said. “She’s really good at that stuff.”
And we’re not even talking about the pre-game Dougie.
Rueger did some dancing on the field Wednesday, zipping through the crease and cutting a rug – turf, actually – in leading Cold Spring Harbor to a 14-10 win over Massapequa in Conference I girls lacrosse.
The senior showed off the full repertoire with three goals, three assists, three groundballs and four draw controls as the small-school Seahawks topped Massapequa, a Class A power.
“I think it shows we’re growing as a program,” Rueger said. “Just because we’re in [Class] C doesn’t mean we’re not good enough to play these bigger schools.”
They outplayed a bigger school, in fact. Cold Spring Harbor held an 8-6 advantage at halftime, never relinquished it, and pushed the lead to 4 three times in the second half.
The dancing, Rueger said, is just something she and her teammates do to relax before games. She tabbed Jillian Lee, Kate Kotowski and Alicia Roy as the team’s other top two-steppers.
Perhaps, but it seemed the entire Seahawks offense was capable of busting moves. Just put a few defenders in front of them.
Holly Logan scored four goals, caused four turnovers and won three draw controls for Cold Spring Harbor (8-2, 3-2). Lee added three goals and four groundballs, Kotowski had a goal and Lindsey Wilcocks had four draw controls. Haley Crosson made three saves.
“This win means a lot,” Logan said. “We came out strong and were focused because we wanted to show that we belong in this great conference.”
The teams had last squared off in 2011 and Massapequa dominated, 15-4, in what was then a non-league game. Massapequa was last year's county runner-up in Class A and Cold Spring Harbor the same in Class C. But with this season’s ability-based realignments, the two are now conference foes.
Despite being a small school, though, Cold Spring Harbor entered the game ranked 38th in the country by Lax Power.
“Being in this power conference, it’s huge to be able to play them and have it count for something more,” Seahawks coach Danielle Skakandi said. “They were ranked ahead of us going into the year. Whenever we can beat somebody ahead of us, we love that.”
Rueger’s goal with 18:27 left gave CSH a 12-8 lead, but the Chiefs pulled within 2 on Kristin Yevoli’s low liner off a free position at 14:21. Sam DeBellis answered almost immediately. She took a pass from Lynch and scored to make it 13-10 with 13:51 to go.
“That was big,” Lynch said of the goal. “[Massapequa] had some momentum going so we really needed that goal to break it.”
Yevoli scored three goals and Danielle Doherty had two goals and two assists for Massapequa (5-4, 3-3). Hayley Burke also scored twice.
“From the start I was excited about it,” Rueger said of her team shifting to Conference I. “Getting to play the best competition throughout the year keeps you on your toes.”
Much like doing the Spongebob dance.