The last time Kyra Harney played Ward Melville, she and a slew of teammates were intermittently forced to watch from the sideline as yellow card after yellow card handicapped the Bay Shore offense. Game lost. Perfect season denied.
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You'll have to excuse her if she didn't want any repeats.
She played every minute of the Class A girls lacrosse championship against the Patriots at Dowling Thursday night, and boy did it ever count. Harney had three goals and two assists, along with three interceptions and five draw controls, and Cynthia DelCore scored seven goals to pace No. 1 Bay Shore to a decisive 16-8 win.
"Last game was so frustrating, losing in OT, two men down,'' Harney said. "It was awesome to play here, at counties, at full strength. We felt we could compete against them at our best.''
The Patriots (14-5), who trailed throughout, tried to charge back with 6:43 left in the first half, when Yuna Hur swept in a goalie rebound to draw them to within 6-5. Amanda Voges scored the next two goals, though, and DelCore's lefty free position score increased the lead to 9-6 at the end of the first half.
With Harney, the team's leading threat, face-guarded for the majority of the first half, the heavy lifting fell to DelCore, who recorded a hat trick by the break.
"Me and Cynthia work off each other,'' Harney said. "If one girl is down, there's not one superstar. We have seven superstars on attack."
Of course, this also means Bay Shore is one step closer to a state title. The Marauders were thwarted in the semifinals last year, "and not only do we want to win it, I want to win it for Cynthia. We're best friends and it's her senior year,'' Harney said.
For now, they'll revel in the Suffolk title.