Crosson, Bouse lead Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor's Haley Crosson prepares to shoot

Cold Spring Harbor's Haley Crosson prepares to shoot on goal. (Oct. 22, 2012) Photo Credit: James Escher

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There is but one commandment for goaltenders, a strict doctrine to which the good ones adhere as best they can: Thou shalt not allow a score.

So, pardon us, but it's a bit odd when Haley Crosson, a star lacrosse goalie, is seen sending shots into the cage all autumn for Cold Spring Harbor.

Even her teammates sometimes double-take.

"In lacrosse, I'm an attack so I'm constantly shooting on her in practice and the goalie is like the enemy," Bridgette Bouse said. "It still feels weird [in field hockey] when I look over and see her on the forward line with me."

It's a welcome sight for the Seahawks, nonetheless. Crosson scored twice and helped lead host Cold Spring Harbor over Clarke, 5-0, on Monday in a Nassau Conference I matchup.

The game determined the fourth and fifth seeds in the Nassau Class B playoffs, which begin Saturday. The teams will square off again at Cold Spring Harbor in the quarterfinals.

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Bouse had two goals and an assist to lead the Seahawks (6-5). Jillian Lee added two assists and Taylor Striar made four saves in the shutout. Lauren Paolano also scored, and Kate Kotowski and Allison Croasdale each had an assist.

Amanda Gargiullo had 10 saves for Clarke (6-6), which made the semifinals last year.

Crosson scored both goals early in the first half, setting the tone, and Cold Spring Harbor cruised.

"It's different, going from saving it to scoring it," Crosson, a forward, said of her antipodal positions in the two sports. "I actually prefer stopping goals, but it's nice that I get a chance to score some finally."

Quite a few, actually. The sophomore's 10 goals are tied for fifth most in Nassau, and she has recorded two hat tricks this season. During lacrosse season, in goalie mode, Crosson helped lead the Seahawks to the Class C county final. "It's great that she's so versatile in what she can play," Bouse said.

Crosson's first goal on Monday came off a cross from Lee, and the second, a rebound and quick pass from Bouse.

Crosson, who played lacrosse before picking up field hockey in seventh grade, said the sports' concepts are similar so flipping the goalie-to-forward switch "was very easy."

There has been some transition, too, for the Seahawks, who graduated nine players after going 14-3 and reaching its first county final last year. Bouse, a junior, compared her roles: "Last year I was a 'little,' " she said, "now I'm one of the leaders."

Coincidentally, Monday was Cold Spring Harbor's Senior Day and two of its former stars, Cassidy Lynch and Victoria Kotowski, looked on as the Seahawks dominated. But this team has struggled at times, and making the playoffs wasn't a certainty.

"At the beginning of the year, some of the [returning players] were nervous," said Striar, a senior. "Last year's team was probably the most remarkable this program has ever had, and we didn't know what to expect because everyone was gone. But it's exciting to see the young girls step up and be Energizer bunnies. They want to win as badly as the seniors do . . . We're ready for the playoffs."

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