Long Island schools hope to sweep all three state girls lacrosse titles
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GalleriesClass A Long Island girls lacrosse championship: Bay Shore vs. Farmingdale Class B LI championship: Eastport-South Manor vs. Manhasset Class C Long Island girls lacrosse championship: Mt. Sinai vs. North Shore
Can Long Island pull another alphabet sweep of the state tournament at SUNY Cortland? With its three girls lacrosse representatives ranked in the national top 15, L.I. is favored to win the A, B and C titles, as it did in 2009 and 2010.
FARMINGDALE (14-3) vs. PENFIELD (15-5)
Friday, 9:30 a.m.
If the Dalers advance: They'll face Suffern or Baldwinsville in the final at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
Farmingdale is making its first appearance in the tournament since 2010, when it won a second consecutive state title. The Dalers are a scrappy group that, during the playoffs, has shown the ability to thrive late in games.
Farmingdale's offense is led by do-it-all midfielder Nadine Hadnagy and Amanda Turturro, an agile attack. Courtney McPartland, Samantha Brescia and goalie Olivia Kirk anchor a solid defense.
Penfield features Northwestern-bound midfielder Sheila Nesselbush. The teams met last year in the regular season and Farmingdale won, 17-4.
MANHASSET (16-3) vs. BRIGHTON (17-3)
If the Indians advance: They'll face John Jay-Cross River or Syracuse-CBA in the final at noon, Saturday.
Good news for upstate teams in this bracket: It's not Garden City. The bad news: It's the team that beat the Trojans.
Manhasset earned its first trip to the state tournament since 2005 by dethroning seven-time defending state champ Garden City for the Nassau title, then beating Eastport-South Manor for the L.I. championship. The fifth-ranked Indians are a balanced group without any glaring weaknesses. They're led by versatile midfielders Julia Glynn and Natalie Stefan, and Emily Markham anchors a disciplined defense.
Brighton is led by Meaghan Bowen and Lauren Smolensky and utilizes a backer zone defense. The Barons were state runners-up in 2011.
MOUNT SINAI (18-0) vs. HONEOYE FALLS-LIMA (15-5)
Friday, 2:30 p.m.
If the Mustangs advance: They'll face Putnam Valley or Skaneateles in the final at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Mount Sinai has been nothing short of dominant, having outscored opponents by 132. Midfielder Caroline Fitzgerald is a force on both ends and Sydney Pirreca, with her exceptional speed, has emerged as a star. Sister Shayna Pirreca is a talented attack, while Alex Flobeck and Marissa Colacino key a defense that's allowed only 6.1 goals per game.
Goalie Julia Michaels dazzled in the 2011 state tournament, as a freshman, leading the Mustangs to the final.
Honeoye Falls-Lima narrowly lost to Shoreham-Wading River, 11-9, in last year's final, and has improved since. The Cougars, led by attack Cari Stankaitis, held up against a challenging schedule (including teams now competing in the A and B semifinals) and beat Amherst, 21-0, in their regional final.