Marisa Colacino shows her mettle

Mount Sinai defender Marisa Colacino marks Skaneateles attacker

Mount Sinai defender Marisa Colacino marks Skaneateles attacker Kayla Sears during the Class C Girls Lacrosse Championship game. (June 8, 2013) (Credit: Rich Barnes)

CORTLAND, N.Y. -- They call Marisa Colacino "Titanium."

Her teammates screamed it when they wanted her to join the senior picture after Mount Sinai won its first lacrosse state title Saturday. When she was checked in the hip on Friday -- a blow that kept her on the ground for minutes before she was able to limp off the field - "Bert says, 'Titanium, you OK?,'" she said. "I said yeah, it's my good hip. The one that doesn't have titanium currently in it."

Two titanium screws in her right hip, "also a torn labrum and a broken femur, all at one time," said Colacino, a midfielder, enumerating last year.

In the 2012 county championship loss against Shoreham-Wading River, an already-injured Colacino took a hard hit and went down. The then-junior, a three-sport athlete who had not yet committed to a college, saw her athletic dreams dwindle on Dowling's turf.

"I didn't even think we would have her this year," Bertolone said. "But she rehabbed and she came back. She was hurt [Friday], and she got back up and went in. Not every kid would do that. She didn't want to let anyone down."

Colacino limped onto the field on Friday, played for full speed for two overtimes, and limped back off. Saturday, in the final, she had two forced turnovers, two draw controls and four ground balls. She is one of the anchors on a defense that has allowed an average of 5.75 goals per game.

"She did a lot of things for us," Bertolone said. "Her and kids like [midfielder] MaryEllen Carron, they're grinders. She matured into being that kind of player. She was tough this weekend and that's what you need from a senior class. You need that leadership."

For Colacino, this story has a happy ending for every screw in her hip. The first -- "I got off of my injury and Joe Spallina walked through the door," she said. "I'm going to Stony Brook" as a walk on. The second -- "And there's nothing better than being an undefeated state champion in your senior year."

Though she had to walk a little gingerly to retrieve the medal, Titanium got her gold.

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