Danielle DellaRocca leads undefeated Mount Sinai to LI 'C' title
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Danielle DellaRocca and Caroline Fitzgerald were sophomores, Alex Flobeck and Shayna Pirreca were freshmen and Sydney Pirreca an eighth-grader.
That was two years ago -- the last time Mount Sinai went to the state tournament for girls lacrosse -- and after the first sting of a loss in the final, thoughts shifted to the obvious. There was plenty of time to try again.
Sunday at Adelphi was a little bit like that: There was a deficit, but yes, plenty of time -- three quarters of a game to be exact. As it turned out, Mount Sinai had time to spare.
Led by Fitzgerald, DellaRocca and the sisters Pirreca, the Mustangs exploded for seven goals in the last 15 minutes of the first half to defeat North Shore, 12-7, in the Long Island Class C final. Mount Sinai advances to a state semifinal Friday in Cortland.
"This is a great feeling," DellaRocca said. "We wanted it then, but we wanted it even more now. Two years ago, we fell short, but we're coming."
Mount Sinai (18-0) trailed 3-1 early and, most tellingly, looked overmatched at certain points until Sydney Pirreca cut across the crease to score with 15:24 left in the first. Nineteen seconds later, DellaRocca caught a pass from Fitzgerald and swooped in from the left to tie it at 3. Two minutes after that, she again scored on a feed from Fitzgerald.
As North Shore (9-9) concentrated on Fitzgerald and the Pirrecas, "It gave me a lot of space to get through and get my shots off and my dodges in," said DellaRocca, who had three goals.
The defense, led by Flobeck and Morgan McGrath, locked down on Tess Korten, Carlee Janelli and Carly Comitino. Trailing 8-5 at halftime, the Vikings scored only twice in the second half.
"We want to win it all," Flobeck said. "There's no doubt in my mind that we're going to give it our all. We're not letting it slip away this time. I'm not letting it happen."
Two years later, time is dwindling. But this time just might be their time.