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Nassau Class B Final: Garden City over Manhasset
Same deal as the Class A game; more room to play with on the blog. So I present to you, the uncut version...
By Stephen Haynes
She wins county titles in every sport she participates in. She plays extraordinary defense against extraordinary players. She doesn’t always score in bunches, but when she does, it’s always in big games. Barbara Sullivan was the most interesting girl on the lacrosse field.
Her lockdown defense, as well as two goals and two assists, helped lead Garden City to a 15-10 win over rival Manhasset in the Nassau Class B final – a game the players billed as “Woodstick Classic II: Girls Edition.”
“That’s what Barbara does,” Trojans coach Diane Chapman said of her defender/midfielder. “To play defense like that and run down the other end and do something, it shows how incredible an athlete she is.”
Sullivan, who has just 28 goals this season, had scored a career-high five in a win over Northport in what was a highly-hyped matchup last month.
Garden City (18-0) dominated early and withstood a charge from No. 3 Manhasset to capture a seventh consecutive county crown. They'll face the winner of Thursday’s Shoreham-Wading River vs. Hauppauge game in the Long Island Championship on Saturday.
“It gets better every time,” Alexandra Bruno said, reciting what’s become a refrain for the Trojans when asked if winning ever begins to feel routine. “It’s important not to take any team lightly. It’s the county finals and Manhasset is always tough.”
Bruno scored five goals to pace top-seeded Garden City. Catherine McTiernan added three goals, and Caroline Tarzian and Catherine Dickinson each had two goals and two assists. Kelly Weis made 11 saves.
McTiernan scored 16 seconds into the contest, taking a short pass from Sullivan and slipping a bouncer by the goalie to give the Trojans a lead they didn’t relinquish.
Sullivan assisted on Bruno’s goal at 19:03 that made it 4-1, and then scored Garden City’s sixth and seventh. Sullivan also held Halle Majorana, the Indians’ All-American attack, to two goals – both in the final six minutes.
Yep, but never are Sullivan’s achievements chaperoned by complacency: “We got passive,” she said of Manhasset’s rally from down 9-1 at halftime. “We thought we were up by a lot and got comfortable, which is wrong.”
Manhasset (14-5) opened the second half with a two-minute flurry. Scores by Charlotte Avallone, Kerri Fleishhacker and Julia Glynn got them back into it. But Garden City answered with a 4-0 run and Dickinson’s goal with 14:03 remaining made it 13-4.
Jenny Vlahos, Fleishhacker and Glynn each scored two goals for the Indians, who had won eight straight Nassau Class C titles before moving up to “B” this season.
“Our goal is a state championship each year and this is another step,” said Sullivan, who led the soccer team to a state title in the fall, the basketball team to a Long Island championship in the winter, and is now after a fourth lacrosse state title. “That’s always been my goal [to win championships in three sports]. I didn’t know it would happen in one year, but to have it happen as a senior is special.”