Nicole and Danielle Sinacori lead Lutheran High again in win over Marymount

It's about 500 miles from Garden City to Elon, North Carolina. That, in a few months, will be the distance separating Nicole and Danielle Sinacori, the previously inseparable Long Island Lutheran twins.

The high-scoring lacrosse tandem will part ways this fall as Nicole heads to Adelphia and Danielle to Elon University.

"It's gonna be weird," Nicole Sinacori said, as her team celebrated its Senior Day. "We'll visit and try to watch each other as much as possible, but I know we're gonna miss each other, especially on the field."

Which is why they have sought this season, more so than ever, to cherish their time together on the lacrosse field together and make it count.

And in typical Sinacori fashion Saturday, they lit it up to lead the Crusaders over Marymount, 13-5, in IPPSAL.

Nicole Sinacori had four goals and three assists, and Danielle had three goals and an assist. It's performances such as those that earned the tandem the "Sina-score-i" nickname two years ago.

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"They are amazing and they're so much fun to watch," Crusader assistant coach Sarah Walters said. She filled in for Scott Maxwell, who attended his daughter's college graduation. "I've coached in college (at LIU Post) and I feel confident in saying they'll be great even at the next level."

Since their freshman year, both girls have been among Long Island's elite scoring threats. Typically, Danielle is the playmaker and Nicole, an All-American last year, is the finisher. But the duo also has been "twinning" of late. Each scored seven goals in a victory over rival Portledge on Wednesday, and had six goals apiece in Friday's win over Staten Island Academy.

"I met in eighth grade, and they were kicking butt in middle school, too," said Posillico, a Loyola-bound senior. She shifted from defense to join the Sinacoris in the midfield this season. "It's bittersweet and it's hard to believe that it's gone by so quickly. But we've had a lot of fun and done some good things."

Such as last year's the run to the NYSAIS championship game. With one regular-season game remaining, LuHi (10-7) likely will secure another postseason berth.

Lutheran took control immediately against Marymount, controlling possession off the draws. Nicole Sinacori's three seconds before the half pushed the Crusaders' lead to 12-2. The defense, led by Emma Grace Regan, forced eight turnovers.

Lauren Posillico added two goals and five draw controls, and Danielle Ubertini had a goal and three assists for Lutheran. Nicole Sinacori also dished three assists and Sam Horton made two saves.

Horton, a junior, helped organize the Senior Day ceremonies, which included speeches from teammates, a presentation of floral bouquets, and a field adorned with banners, balloons and nameplates. All of it in honor of the team's seniors: Nicole and Danielle Sinacori, Posillico, Regan, Bridget Dagher, Erin Keating, Franki Filandro, Amber Bagdonas and Olivia Ellis. 

"I'm sad we're moving apart and we won't have an opportunity to play together again," Danielle Sinacori said. "But games like this, especially on Senior Day, are a lot of fun and we've enjoyed a lot of great moments together here."

Memories of which will endure and travel any distance.

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