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Bruno's five goals lead Garden City in Class B final

Garden City's Alexandra Bruno celebrates first half goal.

Garden City's Alexandra Bruno celebrates first half goal. (June 1, 2010) (Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

The complete version of Garden City's 20-13 win over Wantagh in the Nassau Class B final last night at Hofstra didn't all make the paper due to space constraints. The full story can be read here...

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Wantagh had designs on taking down the Garden City girls lacrosse empire. In the meantime, Alex Bruno (pictured) and her Garden City teammates designed a game plan.

Bruno scored a game-high five goals, while Mikaela Rix, Caroline Tarzian and Shannon Mangini each scored four, as No. 1 Garden City earned a 20-13 victory over No. 2 Wantagh in the Nassau Class B final at Hofstra on Tuesday night. Garden City (18-0) has won six straight county titles, all against Wantagh.

The start of the game was delayed two hours and 18 minutes because of inclement weather in the Class A final, played just prior on the Hofstra turf.

April Iannetta’s second goal off a nifty pass from Colleen Lovett brought Wantagh within one goal for the fifth time on the night at 12-11 with 15:52 left in the game. It would have been the tying goal had Garden City goalie Kelly Weis (10 saves) not stuffed a 1-on-1 breakaway shot.

The Trojans scored the next six goals in 6:37, the first two from Rix, to pull away.

“We just got together and told each other that we have to play with heart,” Bruno said about Wantagh closing the lead to one. “The experience comes from our seniors because we’ve been here so many times before.”

Garden City, winner of a Long Island-high 24 straight games dating back to last season, opened the game on a 5-0 run, including two scored by Bruno. Paula Schmidt got Wantagh (11-5) on the board with a bounce shot from the goalie’s right with 17:52 left in the first half to make it 5-1.

Mangini made it an 8-4 game 11:54 before intermission, but then Wantagh held the potent Garden City offense scoreless for the next 10:50 until Mikaela Rix’s low bounce shot made it 9-7.

“You can’t panic,” Bruno said about the offensive drought. “That gets you down. You just have to go out and make a play.”

Garden City will play the winner of today’s Suffolk Class B final between No. 1 Rocky Point and No. 3 Hauppauge at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Dowling Sports Complex.