Sayville gets best of Eastport-South Manor in Suffolk girls 'B' lacrosse final

Sayville girls lacrosse players storm the field after Sayville girls lacrosse players storm the field after their victory over Eastport-South Manor on Thursday, May 29, 2014. Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

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There was one thing Molly Andrews wanted to do moments after helping Sayville win the Suffolk Class B girls lacrosse championship: take a photo with one of her best friends, of course.

"Wait . . . I need to take this selfie," Andrews said as she took her phone out of her bag.

In the frame were Andrews, who had eight saves, and teammate Kaitlyn Wandelt, who scored four goals -- with the championship plaque, which No. 3 Sayville earned after beating top-seeded Eastport-South Manor, 5-3, last night at Dowling.

"Me and Katie have been playing together, literally, since we were 5," Andrews said. "Just that feeling of being able to play and be successful with one of your best friends . . . It's just so great."

Sayville (14-5), which last won the county title in 2009, will play Manhasset in the Long Island championship at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Dowling.

First, the Golden Flashes had to beat the two-time defending county champion, the team that beat them in last year's final and ended their season in a semifinal in 2012.

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ESM also led 1-0 early in the first half. Andrews said she wasn't worried, though.

"We like that feeling of being backed into a corner and having to fight out," Andrews said. "That's just the team we are. We knew someone would come through."

It happened to be Wandelt. She scored three straight goals to end the first half, including one at the buzzer despite being smothered by two defenders.

"I looked up and saw 3.7 seconds so I just put my head down and just knew I had to whip it in," Wandelt said. "I just threw it as hard as I could and it got in the corner."

Kelly Marra gave Sayville a 4-1 lead two minutes into the second half, yet Kaeli Huff, who had all of ESM's goals, scored twice to cut the deficit to one with 14:57 left.

Still, Sayville seemed undeterred. Wandelt found the net with 4:58 left and Andrews made two vital stops inside the final minutes to seal it.

Said Wandelt, "We had to win and we were going to win."

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