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West Babylon gives Sayville first division loss

OD_B.gif picture by Shrimpbuttesmirched today be thy previously pristine record of the Golden Flashes; their quest for conference perfection thwarted by the ascending Eagles.

In modern English… West Babylon dealt Sayville its first Division II defeat of the season, 3-2, yesterday. They improved to 8-2 and the Golden Flashes dipped to 9-1.

It was Courtney Baranek early and Courtney Baranek late. The senior pulled a hat trick, including the game-winner off a free hit with 14:23 left to break a 2-all tie.

After she scored, coach Andrea Montalvo’s thoughts: “Oh my God! I’ve never wanted the clock to move faster in my life,” she later said. Her nervousness, of course, an indicator of the respect she has for Sayville, which reached the Class B finals. “We haven’t beaten them since I’ve been the coach [six years]. We're having the best season we've ever had…The girls are unbelievably happy.”

Evidence of that? They were still giddy and atwitter (and possibly at Twitter) on the bus during the 18-mile ride back to West Babylon.

This win, Montalvo said, was the one that rinsed from their mouths the bad taste of the penalty-stroke loss to Bayport-Blue Point on Oct. 6.

“That loss was heartbreaking,” the coach said. “We played well the whole game but we missed so many shots on goal (15). Their goalie (Meghan Fricke) was great, but we think we should’ve taken it… We played well in the games after that (three wins), but we were still thinking about the Bayport game. Today we got back on track and everyone has high spirits.”

Baranek has that and a high points total. She has seven goals in the last two games and her 26 points (18 goals, 8 assists) is the most on Long Island. In fact, there hasn’t been a game this season in which she hasn’t scored.

“Oh my gosh, it was amazing,” she said of the go-ahead goal. “My team as a whole was great and our teamwork was amazing... After the game, everybody was so excited and I was in disbelief.”

As for the scoring barrage: “It’s great personal achievement. I've had one other hat trick this season (against North Babylon on Oct. 13), but it means a lot to do it against such a dominant team.”


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