Sydney Oshinsky helps lift Oceanside to Class A semifinals

Oceanside just took the lead on Alison Schwasnick's goal and the crowd goes wild! Oh, wait a minute, there's a defensive foul on the play.

Obstruction.

OK. Schwasnick is awarded a free position and on the reset, she shoots and scores! The crowd again goes . . . .. Hold on.

Obstruction.

Let's try this again. Schwasnick maneuvers inside and as she's making a move, there's another whistle.

You guessed it.

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"They should give Alison like seven goals in the stats," teammate Sydney Oshinsky said with a chuckle. "It's frustrating, going from excitement to 'OK, we have to do it again.' But that made me want to get it in even more."

On a fourth consecutive free position, Oshinsky got the ball and scored -- yes, it counted -- to put Oceanside ahead, and the Sailors held on to beat Port Washington, 9-7, Wednesday in a Nassau Class A girls lacrosse quarterfinal.

In girls lacrosse, there is a reset after defensive infractions, even if the result of the play was a goal. That rule made for a wacky sequence and a seesaw of emotions.

"It's tough because goals are getting waved off and it's nothing you did wrong," said Cassie Cesario, who had a goal and four draw controls. "That's the rule, though, and you can't let it get in your head. Just try to do the same thing again."

Oshinsky did it a little differently, though. She stopped short and fired a jump shot from 4 yards out to give the Sailors a 7-6 lead with 9:52 remaining. The midfielder scored again 34 seconds later.

"We've come to expect that from Sydney," Sailors coach Ken Dwyer said. "She continually comes through in big moments."

Oshinsky had three goals, two assists, four ground balls and forced two turnovers for No. 4 Oceanside (15-1). Kelsey Williams scored three goals and Christina McCabe and Jenna Doherty each added a goal and two assists. The Sailors face Farmingdale in the semifinals Tuesday at Adelphi.

Fifth-seeded Port Washington led 4-3 at halftime. Cesario tied it early in the second half, and Williams put Oceanside ahead 6-4 with 19:21 remaining. But Natalie Ledwitz and Olivia Ressa answered, tying it with 13:08 to go.

"Panicking or getting upset in close games doesn't benefit you," Cesario said. "We just stayed calm and continued to play."

And Oceanside did as it often does: stifle offenses with a backer zone. Courtney Capobianco and Kerry Flavin, each of whom had three ground balls, led a defense that forced four turnovers inside the 8-meter arc.

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The Sailors haven't allowed an opponent to crack double-digits, which has helped them improve by seven wins from last year, despite graduating 10 players.

"We didn't know what to expect with such a young team," Capobianco said, "but we've even surprised ourselves a little."

Ledwitz and Ressa each scored twice for Port Washington (9-6), which reached the semifinals in the previous five seasons.

"It's an amazing feeling to get this far, but there's more work to do," Williams said. "We have to keep that in mind and we can't let anything get in the way of our goals."

In other words, no obstructions.

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