Copping, Miller lead Bayport-Blue Point to first Suffolk Class C title
Members of the Bayport-Blue Point girls lacrosse team excluded, raise your hand if you believed the Phantoms, trailing by four in the second half Thursday, would win. Be honest.
Is your hand still up? OK. Why?
Every tangible factor said the Phantoms couldn't overcome Mount Sinai, a team that hadn't lost in two years. What reason was there to hold the faith after having been thrashed by those Mustangs last month?
"Because we're a second-half team and it was still within reach," midfielder Kerrigan Miller said. "The odds were stacked against us, but we didn't care. This game was ours."
Nicole Copping scored four goals and Miller had three as No. 2 Bayport-Blue Point stunned Mount Sinai, 11-9, to capture its first Suffolk Class C title.
"We had a pep talk at halftime," Copping said. "We told each other that we needed to believe, and how big this would be if we could pull it off."
Mount Sinai (18-1), riding a 38-game win streak, was ranked third in the country by LaxPower. Kasey Mitchell's third goal put the Mustangs up 7-3 with 15:51 left and, with a defense that held 10 opponents to five or fewer goals, a comeback was improbable. Until it happened.
Copping tied it with 7:13 remaining, and Cassie Stucklen gave BBP its first lead at 8-7 with 6:32 to go. Copping had BBP's last three goals, including a breakaway off the draw to seal it with six seconds left.
The Mustangs beat BBP, 15-5, in the regular season, but for the rematch, Phantoms coach Ryan Gick used a backer zone defense. Stucklen had two goals for BBP (15-3), which faces Cold Spring Harbor for the L.I. title at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Dowling.
"This is unbelievable," said Jill Rall, who made six saves. "I don't have the words to describe what we just did."
Actually, "unbelievable" was the perfect one.