Conkling's 3 second-half goals lead Massapequa

Massapequa's Christina Conkling chases down a loose ball Massapequa's Christina Conkling chases down a loose ball during the second half of a Nassau County varsity field hockey game vs. host Port Washington. (Oct. 9, 2013) Photo Credit: James Escher

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Christina Conkling!

Christina Conkling!

Christina Conkling!

Say it three times fast. The scorekeepers did, not as a tongue twister, but in keeping with the pace at which the Massapequa forward scored Wednesday.

Conkling erupted for a career-high three goals, all in the second half, as the Chiefs erased a deficit and rolled to a 6-1 win over Port Washington in Nassau Conference II field hockey.

"Wow," the junior said, reflecting on her performance. "It felt great to score all those goals and be successful."

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After Massapequa (5-0) fell behind, Conkling scored three straight. Gabby Curtis added two goals and Michele Cook another in the last four minutes for the Chiefs. Rachel Sieber and Jamie Ahrens each had two assists.

"Two characteristics that make Christina good," Ahrens said. "She's in the right spots at the right times and she has great game sense."

The Vikings (2-3) took a lead on Carolyn Rybecky's goal -- a sweep off a pass from Chelsea Nachamie -- with 26:36 remaining. But Massapequa responded in 56 seconds. Conkling took a cross from Ahrens, 4 yards left, and smacked in a liner.

Her second goal, with 13:59 left, came during a wild scrum in the circle after a shot was deflected. The ball knocked about, from the left post across the crease, and Conkling tracked it to the right side before tapping it in. She scored her third goal in a similar scramble sequence with 7:35 to go.

"That's usually my spot," Conkling said of her positioning on the right wing, "but a lot of it was reaction in those moments, just trying to make something happen."

Before the late barrage, not much happened offensively in this rematch of the previous two Nassau Class A finals (both of which the Chiefs won). Massapequa was blanked on seven penalty corners in the first half and the Vikings had five defensive saves, in addition to goalie Vera Puglisi's 10 stops.

Taylor Scibilia, Lauren Slattery and Colleen Bourgal led a Chiefs defense that allowed only two shots on goal.

The Vikings wore orange socks and bows as part of Port Washington's "Unity Day," an anti-bullying campaign.

"After they scored, there was a sense of urgency and we knew we had to get it back," goalie Cassidy O'Brien said. "Our offense did a great job of moving it fast with great passes, then before you knew it . . . ''

Conkling! Conkling! Conkling!

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