Babylon girls lacrosse may be a vocal team on the field, but when Devyn Antolini and Shelby Fredericks find themselves in each other's space, silence reigns and the goals pour in.
"We don't even make a sound," Antolini said. "We know where the other is."
Added Fredericks: "When I see Devyn, we can kind of read each other from our body positions. We don't have to give eye contact."
The duo's silent prescience proved especially golden Tuesday, as Fredericks and Antolini struck again and again in the Panthers' 16-4 non-league win over host Connetquot. Fredericks, a junior who has played with her senior counterpart since "first or second grade," scored five goals and added an assist. Antolini had two goals with three assists. Carolanne Murphy also scored three with an assist.
"[Shelby] plays strong and she has the softest hands and the best stick that I've seen," Babylon coach Tim Harrison said. "And Devyn is also a very dynamic player. She can feed and finish. She's a great crease player, she knows how to read the defense well and commands the offense."
Babylon scored the first seven goals of the game, including Fredericks' acrobatic score with 17:38 left in the first half -- a goal in which she took a feed from Kaileen Hart with her back to the cage and swung around for the tally. She followed it up with back-to-back free-position goals.
Mikayla Wolf led Connetquot with two goals.
"I think we can get off to an amazing start," Fredericks said. "I think the key will be consistency on our team and really just pushing each other every day to get better."
The goal is advancing further than last year, when the Panthers fell to Mount Sinai in the Class C semifinal, Fredericks said, "but we're going day by day."
And though Harrison said that Babylon's achievements be a "collection of everybody," there's little doubt that the on-field relationship between Antolini and Fredericks will be a major part of any future run.
"We're kind of just able to work off each other," Antolini said. "Every day we work harder and harder . . . [The game] was very encouraging but we have to keep working harder every day."
Added Fredericks: "We strive for perfection . . . "
Finished Antolini: " . . . But we're not perfect."