Amanda Turturro has two goals, two assists as Farmingdale tops ESM
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Winner, winner, chicken burrito for dinner.
Of late, the Farmingdale girls lacrosse team has been rewarding its "player of the game" with a $10 gift card to a popular Mexican food chain.
Amanda Turturro, you may place your order . . .
"It's a little added incentive," she said. "Who doesn't like getting food? It's something to look forward to."
Well, that and the victories that precede it, of course. Turturro had two goals and two assists and used her speed to put constant pressure on the defense as host Farmingdale beat Eastport-South Manor, 10-8, in the nightcap of the Long Island Challenge tournament Saturday.
The senior attack received the honor, but several teammates put forth taco-worthy performances. Maggie Fleming scored three goals for the Dalers (8-1). Nadine Hadnagy added two goals and an assist, and Olivia Kirk made seven saves as Farmingdale, the defending Nassau Class A champ, outlasted the Suffolk Class B champs.
"Even though it's non-league, we considered it a big game," Fleming said. "Our goal is to win a state title, so we have to take them all seriously."
Fleming scored two goals early in the second half to give the Dalers a 9-4 lead with 20:59 left and Brenna Weill's goal made it 10-6. The Sharks (6-4) pulled within 10-7 on Kristen Anderson's second goal, an overhand blast with 10:04 left.
But from there, Farmingdale's defense -- led by Samantha Brescia and Courtney McPartland -- clamped down and Kirk showed mettle. The goalie had two stops of point-blank shots in the final 3:29.
"You can't get yourself psyched out and overthink things as a goalie," Kirk said, "so in pressure situations, all I'm thinking is, 'Stop the ball.' "
Eastport's Marissa Gurello (two goals) scored with eight seconds left for the final margin. Dakota Mason also scored twice for ESM.
But to the victor go the spoils.
"I keep it simple," Turturro said. "I'll get it with chicken, lettuce, rice and sour cream."
And that's a wrap.