Goals by Turturro, Wahl key Farmingdale's 8th straight 'A' title

Farmingdale attacker Amanda Turturro cuts toward the net Farmingdale attacker Amanda Turturro cuts toward the net in a game against Massapequa. (May 29, 2013) Photo Credit: Steven Ryan

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Farmingdale went ahead. Massapequa charged back. Farmingdale gave itself a slight cushion. Massapequa negated it. Farmingdale answered. Massapequa didn't go away.

And so it's been for these rivals, game to game and season to season, for the better part of a decade. But as has been the case for the last eight years, the Dalers remained a step ahead.

Clutch goals by Amanda Turturro and Tara Wahl in the final minutes helped top-seeded Farmingdale stave off No. 2 Massapequa Wednesday for an 11-9 win and an eighth consecutive Nassau Class A title.

The runner-up in all of those seasons, since winning the championship in 2005: Massapequa.

"It's unbelievable how it always comes down to us and we've been able to keep it going for this long,'' said Turturro, who had four goals and two assists. "We weren't going to let it end now.''

They could have, though. Rosie Pimental's goal gave the Chiefs a 5-2 lead 49 seconds into the second half. The Dalers (13-3) answered with a 4-0 run and went ahead on Wahl's free-position goal with 13:48 left.

Farmingdale advances to the Long Island final Sunday at 1 p.m. at Adelphi. They'll face the winner of Thursday's Ward Melville vs. Bay Shore game.

"Our intensity picked up,'' defender Diana Prendergast said of the turnaround after falling behind. "Massapequa has talent, and we needed to be prepared for anything.''

Such as the Chiefs' response. Maddie Lee tied it for Massapequa with a jump shot while drifting to her left, from about 5 yards out, with 11:17 left. But Turturro retook the lead, 7-6, just 11 seconds later, and Farmingdale went up by two on Nadine Hadnagy's third goal.

But Massapequa (8-8) was relentless and twice pulled within one late. Danielle Doherty's leaping overhand shot in traffic cut the lead to 9-8 with 7:25 remaining. But Turturro, again, answered just 18 seconds later. She intercepted a clearing pass attempt within the crease, stutter stepped right and fired from close range.

Hayley Burke came right back, with 6:55 left, making it a one-goal game. And the Dalers, again, fired back. Wahl, coming off the left wing with a series of high-to-low fakes, scored on a sidearm sling into the left corner with 5:11 left.

Colleen Bourgal had two goals and two assists, Burke scored twice and Kristin Yevoli had a goal and two assists for Massapequa.

"This wasn't easy, and we got off to a slow start,'' said Wahl, who had three goals. "But we managed to turn it around. We always seem to find a way.''

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