Vanessa and Michelle Yu lead Oyster Bay past Baldwin
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Vanessa and Michelle Yu constantly find ways to needle each other.
On Monday, after Michelle forced a turnover and pushed the ball in transition, she was visibly winded. So Vanessa yelled at her younger sister to run faster. Several minutes after the game, as Vanessa hopped around with a leg cramp, Michelle playfully teased.
"That's what sisters do," said Vanessa, an Oyster Bay sophomore. "We get on each other's nerves all the time."
Just imagine how opposing girls lacrosse teams must feel. Because in the second half, Baldwin probably thought: "Not Yu again!"
Vanessa scored six goals and Michelle four as Oyster Bay came from behind to beat Baldwin, 14-8, in Conference II.
"We do get on each other, but it's always encouragement and positive criticism," said Michelle, a freshman. "Well, sometimes."
Both midfielders have tremendous speed and agility, regularly dodging and shaking defenders. Vanessa tied it at 6 on a free position with 22:31 left, and Michelle scored 90 seconds later to put the Baymen ahead for good. And 90 seconds after that, Vanessa made it 8-6 on an underhand shot on a breakaway.
Rebecca Layne scored three goals and Emily Vomvas made 10 saves for Oyster Bay (7-3). Kelsey Cohen had four goals, Jessica Markowitz scored twice, and Nicole Sheintal made 12 saves for the Bruins (2-6).
Oyster Bay had an early 5-1 lead, but Baldwin surged and Olivia Mance (two goals) put it ahead with 23:02 left. That's when the sister act took over.
"Vanessa and Michelle have the ability to take games over in different ways -- scoring, creating turnovers," coach Charlie Rizzuto said. "When you have two girls who are this good, this young, the sky is the limit for them."
Likewise for Oyster Bay, which quickly has made strides in its second year as a varsity team. The Baymen went 12-2 in Conference IV last season, made the jump to Conference II, and have been formidable.
The program was spearheaded, in part, by seniors Hannah Kaiser and Cailin Cook, who as seventh-graders spoke at board meetings and petitioned for Oyster Bay to develop a scholastic girls lacrosse team.
"It's so fulfilling to see how it's come together," said Kaiser, who is headed to Cornell. "It's funny, last year I put on my college applications that I set all these team records . . . Michelle and Vanessa will break all of them."
They'll be sure to frustrate a lot of defenses. And each other.