Maddy Molinari got a 95 on the trigonometry Regents exam.

Umm . . . of what relevance is that to Monday's field hockey game?


It certainly helps when a front-line playmaker has a good understanding of the angles and knows how to work them, as Maddy the Mathematician demonstrated. Molinari assisted on each of Manhasset's goals as they beat North Shore, 3-1, in a Conference I matchup.

(Of course, an additional assist could go to Mrs. Wecksell, the senior's math teacher.)

After a poor first half in which they squandered seven penalty corner opportunities and trailed, the Indians came back, in large part because Molinari was, well, calculating.

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Manhasset turned it over on several cross pass attempts early on, so: "Instead of hitting it and getting a large cross," Molinari said, "I could take it down the sideline and create a smaller angle to make it easier for my teammates."

Her strategy certainly isn't obtuse. The pass-first forward led Nassau with 16 assists last season.

"We got a good pep talk at halftime," Julia Glynn said. "We realized we had to play to our abilities."

On their ninth penalty corner attempt, Molinari sent a liner from atop the circle that Emily Koufakis tapped in to tie the score with 18:15 remaining.

After a turnover ignited a fast break, Molinari sent a short cross from the right wing to Glynn, who deflected it in from the post to give Manhasset a 2-1 lead with 11:40 left. Lindsey Ronbeck made two saves for the Indians (3-1).

Mary Kate Sheehan's goal -- on a rebound off the goalie -- had given North Shore a lead with 1:21 to go in the first half. Frankie Lynne Conklin had 10 saves for the Vikings (3-2).

Abby Kucharczyk, who was awarded the game ball for her strong midfield defense, also scored with 7:40 remaining to create the final margin.

"We lost to North Shore in my freshman year," Kucharczyk said, referring to the Indians being upset in the 2010 Nassau Class B semifinals. "Whenever we play them, we have that in mind and it always gives us extra motivation."

Well, that's the right angle.