The Syosset girls lacrosse team wanted to make history. And sure, a slice of revenge would be a nice bonus.
The Braves hadn't forgotten about their loss to Farmingdale in last year's Nassau A title game, and used it to fuel and motivate them through every offseason practice and every regular-season game. Coach Lauren LoMonaco made that much clear in a tweet approximately seven hours before gametime.
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"We've worked hard &sacrificed the last 364days preparing 4 this opportunity to prove ourselves! Its OUR time! ?#letsgo," LoMonaco tweeted.
Farmingdale, the nine-time defending Nassau A champs, was again the only thing standing between Syosset and its first county title yesterday at Adelphi. But the top-seeded Braves wouldn't be denied this time, racing off to a three-goal lead thanks to three scores by sophomore Katelyn Igneri in the opening five minutes and never trailing in their 7-3 win in the championship game.
Syosset (10-5) will play West Islip in the Long Island Class A final at 5 p.m. Saturday at Adelphi.
"We wanted revenge for last year. It was in the back of our minds the whole season," said junior goalie Betsy Cohen, who had eight saves, "but we also wanted this for ourselves."
After the Braves established their early 3-0 lead, No. 3 Farmingdale (4-12) responded with goals by Caroline Bleck and Bridget Weill. But Taylyn Stadler fed Kate Majoy directly in front of the cage for a score to send Syosset into the break with a 4-2 lead.
"We came into the game so strong, so determined," said Igneri, who finished with four goals. "We really got our minds in the game early."
Five minutes into the second half, the Dalers got to within a goal after a pass from Jillian Alonso to a cutting Tara Wahl made it 4-3.
Nicole Concannon and Igneri each scored in a span of 1:08 to give Syosset a 6-3 cushion midway through the second. With 5:19 to go, Stadler drew a defender before passing to Morgan Lannig for a clean look in the circle to put the finishing touches on for Syosset.
Each player had a different adjective to describe the emotional moment.
"Incredible," Igneri said.
"Surreal," Cohen said.
"Amazing," senior captain Rachel Greenspan said. "It's such an honor to leave this legacy."
Farmingdale had only two wins in the regular season, but used 18- and 11-goal performances in its two playoff wins to advance to the county championship game. The three goals it scored Wednesday was its lowest output of the season.
"Biggest thing for our defense is communication," Cohen said. "As long as they can hear me and I can hear them, and I can dictate what's going on on the field, that's how we get it done. We communicated so well tonight."