The Cold Spring Harbor girls lacrosse team is making a statement. You can read it on the players' backs, or on the scoreboard.
Following a 16-goal win in a semifinal against Locust Valley on May 18, the Seahawks warmed up for the Nassau C final at Adelphi Wednesday in their white practice shirts with the words "I Will" written on the back, a slogan selected by the team's seniors at the beginning of the season.
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"Instead of saying, 'I'll try,' " coach Danielle Castellane said, "our motto is, 'I Will.' "
And they have. For the second straight week, the Seahawks won by a double-digit margin. This time, the top seed in the class defeated No. 2 Oyster Bay in a dominating 18-1 victory to claim its second straight Suffolk title.
Cold Spring Harbor (12-6) will play Mount Sinai in the Long Island Class C final at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Adelphi.
"It doesn't seem like it was that exciting of a game, but winning a county championship is the most exciting thing," said senior Tara Atkinson, who had three goals and an assist. "Getting over the hump the second time was just as hard."
There were fireworks early and often. Ashley Lynch scored twice and Atkinson had a goal to put the Seahawks ahead 3-0 just 2:29 into the game. And after Nicole Hauser scored for Oyster Bay (7-7), Cold Spring Harbor scored 15 straight goals to close out the game.
Kate Kotowski had four goals, Lynch added three scores, and Jillian Futter and Lindsey Willcocks each had two.
But the unsung hero of the Seahawks' machine-like output the past two games -- and their entire season, really -- has been its transition play. The team forced seven turnovers Wednesday, forbidding Oyster Bay from building any momentum and keeping the ball in its possession for the majority of the game.
"Even when we made mistakes," said senior midfielder Brooke Jensen, who caused two turnovers, "we got it back shortly after. Our midfield played great."
Added Atkinson: "One of our biggest things all season was saying, 'You gotta finish on both sides.' So defense makes the stop, offense makes the finish."