Lexi Singer, Allison Schneider help Roslyn rally past Freeport
It takes two to make a thing go right -- but it took the whole team when the game got tight.
Both squads' dueling duos did damage, but it was Roslyn's auxiliary parts that helped deliver a 14-12 comeback win over Conference IV rival Freeport Wednesday in girls lacrosse.
Lexi Singer scored six goals and Allison Schneider had four goals and an assist to lead the Bulldogs (6-2, 3-2). But Lindsey Wolfe had the go-ahead tally late and Nicole Korn sealed it.
"We didn't panic when we fell behind," said Roslyn coach Michelle Crennan, whose team overcame an early four-goal deficit. "The girls stuck to the game plan and they executed, collectively."
Collectively being a key word, of course. Wolfe's goal -- a sharp bouncer from 6 yards right of the cage -- put the Bulldogs ahead 12-11 with 6:15 remaining. And with her team protecting a 13-12 lead, Korn stalled for more than a minute before deftly splitting a double team and scoring the insurance goal with 5.2 seconds left.
Korn had two goals and an assist, and Callie Midgen added two assists.
"We really needed to get back on track," Schneider said. Roslyn won its first five games but lost two straight before Wednesday. "This win goes a long way in helping us possibly go after a division title," she said.
Ashley Gomes scored six goals, Elena Sparaco had five goals and two assists, and Brittany Gardner made 15 saves for Freeport (2-2, 1-2).
The Red Devils' high-scoring tandem, with its game-breaking speed, looked unstoppable early on. But Roslyn's defense clamped down in the second half with double teams and traps in the crease, and Julia Saltzman had eight saves.
"We adjusted and locked in on their big two," said defender Chloe Cecchini, who helped hold Sparaco to one goal after intermission. "They're really talented, but we took good angles and tried to contain them."
Meanwhile, Schneider and Singer each scored three in the second half to spark the rally.
Sparaco's goal with 12:01 left in the first half gave Freeport a 5-1 lead, but Roslyn closed within 7-6 at the half.
Singer tied it at 10 and Schneider put Roslyn ahead. Ngozi Douglas' bouncer knotted it at 11 for Freeport with 8:28 to go. But Wolfe retook the lead with a man-up goal, and Schneider made it 13-11. Gomes' goal pulled the Red Devils within 1 with 1:43 left.
"Allison and I are always looking for each other and our chemistry is great," Singer said, "but it took everyone stepping up to pull this one out."