Sarah Phillips helps Manhasset beat Garden City in Nassau Class B final
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They did it again!
Manhasset, that is.
For the second time in this scholastic year the Indians have done what once seemed near impossible: trump Garden City.
But once again, before a charged crowd at Adelphi last night, second-seeded Manhasset defied history and ended a dynasty, beating No. 1 Garden City, 14-8, to capture the Nassau Class B girls lacrosse championship.
Garden City, one of the premiere lacrosse programs in the nation, had won a record seven consecutive state titles and was the eight-time defending county champ. And its field hockey team had won an astonishing 18 straight Nassau championships.
Then Manhasset struck -- both times.
"We were hungry, so hungry for this," said Sarah Phillips, who had three goals and two assists. "It's indescribable; just the best feeling there is."
Manhasset won six straight Nassau 'C' titles from 2005-2010, but moved to Class B and, in the 2011 county final, encountered the glass ceiling that was Garden City.
This was the breakthrough. Natalie Stefan's goal 3:32 in -- a hard bouncer from 7 yards -- put Manhasset up 2-1 and it never looked back. Jackie Jahelka brought the Trojans within 8-5 early in the second half, but the Indians went on a 3-0 run. Sarah Barcia's goal, off a feed from Kellen D'Alleva, made it 11-5 with 18:10 remaining.
"We never underestimated them," said Stefan, who scored twice, "but we truly believed we could do this. We knew about their history and what they've done, but we just came in with a mind set like, 'Just give our best effort and let's get it done.'"
D'Alleva had two goals and three assists, Lindsey Ronbeck had two goals, Erin Coleman made four saves and Maddy Molinari helped win 15 draws for Manhasset (15-3).
"My dad showed me a picture [Tuesday night] of us celebrating after we won the field hockey championship and that brought back positive memories," defender Kate Conway said. She is one of several girls on either team who plays both sports. Conway helped the Indians upset Garden City, 1-0, in that county final last fall, also at Adelphi. "Knowing we've beaten them once in something gave us extra confidence."
The Indians beat Garden City in the regular season last year, but the Trojans shook that off and went on to win another state title while Manhasset fell short in the semifinals.
Tara DeAngelo had three goals, Krista Dampman had two goals and three assists and Taylor Carpentier made four saves for the Trojans (17-2), who beat Manhasset in overtime in the regular season.
"We knew Garden City would be such a tough competitor and we gave it everything we had," said Julia Glynn, who had a goal and an assist. "We played with no fear. There was obviously something to lose, but we came in confident and didn't seem nervous at all. We lost to them in overtime, so we knew we could compete with them and we could've won that game. We wanted to make up for that."
And as the Indians paraded with their plaques, posed for photos and screamed deliriously, one loud cheer rang out: "This is our time!"
It rang true.