Hey, remember last year when it was a big deal that Bridget Weill scored four goals in the state semifinal? The Farmingdale attack finally had a breakout performance and turned heads with a (relative) offensive explosion.
That seems so long ago, doesn't it?
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Because the eight goals Weill scored Wednesday night wasn't even a season high for the junior. Lighting up scoreboards is simply what she 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," Weill said. "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. 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."
Former Dalers Kelly McPartland and Nadine Hadnagy were in attendance at Adelphi, fresh off winning a women's lacrosse national championship with Maryland. Their presence generated a buzz in the stands, but not as big as Farmingdale's on the field.
Weill, who had a nine-goal game earlier this season, had more success against Syosset's stout defense than most 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 Jacqueline 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 at 7 p.m. Sunday 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!"