Lindsey Ronbeck, Julia Glynn spark Manhasset to LI Class B title
It was tied midway through the first half when Lindsey Ronbeck and Julia Glynn really went to work.
The talented duo has paced Manhasset's offense all season so it was no surprise that they would be the go-to players on a girls lacrosse team eager to return to the state semifinals.
Glynn found Ronbeck for a goal with 11:36 remaining in the opening half, scored herself 45 seconds later and controlled the ensuing draw before feeding Erin Barry for a goal, all in a 59-second sequence that made the score 5-2 and propelled Manhasset (17-2) to a 16-6 win over Sayville for the Long Island Class B championship at Dowling Sunday.
"We came into this game extremely confident," Ronbeck said. "We all just wanted this win so badly and we came together and did it."
Glynn had three goals and four assists, and Ronbeck had six goals. The Indians broke the game wide open with four scores in the first 3:17 of the second half.
"The beginning of the second half was huge because this is such a game of momentum," coach Danielle Gallagher said. "You never want to find yourself in a lull and we needed to keep it up."
Sayville (14-6) was led by Olivia Russell's three goals.
Kaitlyn Wandelt pulled Sayville within 5-3 with 9:55 remaining in the first half but the Indians answered with seven straight goals before Russell scored to make it 12-4 with 20:26 remaining.
"We weren't expecting that slow of a start," Glynn said. "Going into the second half, we needed to make sure we were putting the ball in the back of the net and the defense made some great plays to help us. It really boosted our confidence."
Manhasset advances to play Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake in a state semifinal at 9:30 a.m. Friday at SUNY Cortland. The Indians will be looking to avenge last season's disappointing end, a 9-8 loss to Brighton at states.
"This year, because we worked so well as a team and we were so close-knit, I think it will carry over into states," Ronbeck said.
It's something they have been looking forward to for almost an entire year.
"Thinking about that game was in our dreams all season," Glynn said. "We're really glad we're going to be back up there."