Kaitlyn Shanahan, Trombetta sisters deliver in OT win for Sachem East
Frigid temperatures and a persistent wind? Kaitlyn Shanahan and the Trombetta sisters scoring dramatic goals?
Hmmm. Could've sworn the calendar read April.
"It's funny," Shanahan said. "It feels exactly like field hockey season."
We assure you, this was in fact a lacrosse game. But the heroes and the unseasonal conditions Tuesday sure were reminiscent of last autumn for Sachem East:
Cara Trombetta, Shanahan and Katie Trombetta scored in succession as the Flaming Arrows rallied to beat East Islip in double overtime, 14-13, in Suffolk Division I.
Shanahan scored with an overhand blast from close range to put Sachem East ahead with 1:18 remaining in the first overtime, and she recovered a loose ball on the ensuing draw. Katie Trombetta cashed in with 19 seconds left, sidestepping two defenders on the left wing before slinging in a goal to make it 14-12.
Katie Trombetta, known best as a three-time field hockey All-American, proved just as unstoppable with a lacrosse stick, scoring six goals for the Flaming Arrows (7-3). Cara Trombetta added three, including the tying score with 8:18 left in regulation, and Shanahan had two goals and two assists. Kyle Larkin -- another field hockey standout -- made seven saves.
"The fact that we know each other so well and we're close, it helps out there," Katie Trombetta said. "When push comes to shove, we trust each other."
They should. Those legends of the fall (season) have led Sachem East to two state titles . . . in field hockey, but the point remains. The goal now is to duplicate that success in this sport. East Islip dominated the Arrows last season, but Sachem East clearly has improved.
Nicole Levy -- another field hockey superstar, coincidentally -- put East Islip ahead 11-10 in the second half, and Carlee Ancona made it 12-10 with 13:26 left. But Cara Trombetta scored back-to-back goals to tie it for a sixth time.
Levy had five goals and three assists, Ancona four goals and three assists, and Valerie Pelling scored twice for East Islip (5-6). Caileigh Apicella scored with two seconds left in the second overtime.
Casey Gelderman (two goals) drew Levy defensively in overtime and was solid in coverage. Gelderman also had an interception late in regulation, and Nicole Lunger and Meghan Organ each forced two turnovers.
"This is a huge win for us, coming through under pressure," Shanahan said. "That's important because we want to make a run in the playoffs."
Like in field . . . Never mind.