Former Farmingdale stars Kelly McPartland and Nadine Hadnagy were in attendance at Adelphi on Wednesday night, fresh off winning a women's lacrosse national championship with Maryland. The crowd buzzed, and the PA announcer jokingly suggested that everyone request autographs.
Meanwhile, Bridget Weill was putting her signature all over the game.
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The Farmingdale attack, who totaled eight goals last year, is having such a breakout campaign that the eight she scored on Wednesday wasn't even a season high. Lighting up scoreboards is simply what the junior does now. And winning county titles, well, that's what Farmingdale has been doing.
Led by Weill, top-seeded Farmingdale beat No. 3 Syosset, 12-7, to capture a ninth straight Nassau Class A championship.
"I didn't want this to be our last game," said Weill said, whose older sister, Brenna, helped lead Farmingdale to two state titles. "We deserve to play another game, and I really wanted to do it for the seniors."
Like Chrissy Kelly, who had a goal and a career-high seven assists. And Olivia Kirk, who made 12 saves, several of which came on close-range shots. And Samantha Brescia, Lindsey Rzempoluch and Diana Prendergast, who anchored the defense for Farmingdale (10-6).
"Winning championships has become the expectation, but we didn't know this year," Kirk said, alluding to the graduation of several key players. "For us to come together and make it happen again is a huge accomplishment."
Weill, who had a nine-goal game earlier this season, had more success against Syosset's stout defense than most entire teams. The Braves had held 11 of their opponents to seven or fewer goals.
"Bird [Weill] is always opposite of me and I'm always looking for her because she's good at getting open," Kelly said. "I can pass to her with full confidence knowing she can finish."
Weill cut and came off curls inside the 8-meter arc and Kelly consistently found her. Weill had five goals in the first half, four of which were assisted by Kelly. The Dalers dominated at the outset, going up 5-0 on Jillian Alonso's goal midway through the first half.
Goals by Jackie Cuddy and Nicole Concannon pulled Syosset within 9-5 early in the second half, but the Braves drew no closer. Cuddy and Rachel Greenspan each scored twice for Syosset (13-3), which reached the county final for the first time.
Farmingdale, the defending state champion, advances to the Long Island championship against West Islip at 7 Sunday night at Dowling.
The Dalers graduated the core of their offense, then standouts Emily Dwyer and Tara Wahl suffered season-ending injuries, so the questions about this team's title chances quickly became legitimate.
"We had some tough times, but here we are," defender Kim Amazon said, beaming. "We made it!"