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Leftovers: Miller Place vs. Comsewogue

MP's Chelsea Blaney makes diving save

MP's Chelsea Blaney makes diving save (Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

You know the deal – well, you should – from last year. But if you don’t: There’s always an abundance of interesting stuff that happens or is said during/after games, but because of space restrictions in the newspaper it can’t all get in. But we’ve got room on the blog. “Leftovers” is just that: stuff left over in the notebook or on the recorder that didn’t get into the article. As for that article, you can check it out here. And the following is some of the things said following Miller Place’s 3-0 win over Comsewogue yesterday.

Miller Place coach Alana LaMorte
The win: “It was a pretty good win. It really lifted us up. We were 2-3 overall, so now we’re [.500]. This was a pick-me-up game; much needed and well-deserved. I think it was a team effort and they all stepped up. My middies did well, my forwards put it in and the goalie stepped up big on that stroke.”

The play of goalie Chelsea Blaney, a first-year starter: “She’s been working hard on strokes every day. We’ve had a couple games where it’s come down to strokes (their games against Sayville and Rocky Point) so she wants to get better at that.”

Jackie Jamotta’s goal 9:55 into the game: “She had perfect positioning on that. She was in the right place at the right time and put it in.”

Allie Krumholz gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead at 9:25 of the first half after rebounding a long pass that kicked off the right post. “That was a pass for our wings to come into it. It hit off the post and the goalie didn’t clear it. We got a little lucky, but we always follow so Allie was in the right spot to get the goal.”

Performance of the defense: “They were unstoppable… We’ve got Kitty Moore who just gives her body to make plays. She would do anything for the ball not to go into the goal… My defense is strong. They were great. I guess you can’t say unstoppable, because they got so many stops. They were stoppable.”

Chelsea Blaney
The diving stop on the stroke: “We’ve been working together for a couple years now and I have complete faith in them.”

Beating a talented Comsewogue team: “It feels great. We have a lot of confidence. It shows that a loss isn’t going to keep us down. We’re going to get right back up and our goal is to be at the top.”

Kitty Moore
The defense: “We worked really well together. We talk a lot and we always circle back. The girls have come such a long way. We were kind of weak at first, trying to get everything together, because we lost a couple really good defenders and our goalie. But we’ve come together and I think we’re really good.”

The game being a possible springboard for the remainder of the season: “We had a hard start to the season, but we have a lot of heart on this team and we really want it.”

Difference between last year’s team and this one: “We have a lot of good players on the team, but without Mary [Moore] and some of the other girls, we’ve had to work so much harder, but I think we’re better for it. We’ve had to pick up the intensity, and LaMorte has helped us with that. She’s been on us about the intensity because Mary was always there pushing us; she was almost like a coach herself. I see a big improvement. And this is the first year where I can clearly see every person has improved.”

On how often she gets called Mary: “All the time. Even people that know she graduated still call me that sometimes.”
[Note: The Moore sisters, Kitty and Mary, have a strong resemblance to each other. Really strong resemblance. Kitty leads the Miller Place defense and Mary, a 2010 Newsday All-Long Islander, is now at Central Michigan. Them being 800 miles apart should help limit some of the confusion, but it still happens. And I’m one of the guilty parties. I’ll get it right eventually. Promise.]

Allie Krumholz
The goal: “She hit it up on the pass and I just wanted to make sure I followed through on it… It wasn’t exactly drawn up like that. I thought [the goalie] was going to kick it out, but when I got the ball, I just wanted to make sure I got it in.”  

Jackie Jamotta
Her goal: “I thought we had to keep it up and keep scoring.”
The defense: “They were great. They always got up and made a play whenever the ball came around them.”

Blaney’s play: “She’s been practicing a lot on defending strokes and it paid off. She’s improved every game.”

Comsewogue coach Nicole Kidd
The goal that wasn’t at 10:17 in the first half: “We had a little momentum shift when we thought we had a goal and it wasn’t. The official didn’t see it go in and the other official said she didn’t see it either. They said there were bodies on top of it so we got the penalty stroke," Kidd said. Chelsea Blaney made a diving save of Alex Hagney’s shot on the stroke. “And that was a total momentum-shifter.”

How tough was Miller Place? “They out-hustled us. Their defense looked great. They really stopped some of our offensive players, girls that have great stick work. They came up with some good block tackles. I think the defense was probably the key to them winning.”

The Warriors starting off 3-3: “I feel good. We’re a good passing team. We obviously have to work on some things after today, but we have the potential to beat good teams. Division III is very, very good – there are great teams in the league.”