Aren't the consequences usually dire when an opponent is quicker on the draw? Well, good thing for Sachem East this showdown wasn't a shootout.
No, this was a slowed-down, defense-dominated girls lacrosse game. (Yeah, they do exist.) And the Flaming Arrows, despite losing 11 of 14 draw controls, topped Floyd, 7-5, Wednesday in their Division I opener.
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Second-half goals by Cara Trombetta and Casey Gelderman were the difference, and the Flaming Arrows held Floyd scoreless after intermission.
"I wanna shoutout the whole defense!" Arrows goalie Kyle Larkin said. "Mary [Vecchio], Jenn [Hagenburg], all of them."
Why not? Ground balls and turnovers are what allowed Sachem East to offset the disadvantage in draws and compensate for the shots blocked by Chelsey Sidaras (seven saves). And that defense, like a force field around the cage, required Larkin to make just one of her four saves in the second half.
Jackie Wasilko led Sachem East with three goals (a feat teammate Jordan Miller termed "a Jack trick"). Gelderman scored twice, and Katie Trombetta added a goal and an assist. Floyd's Courtney Murphy had three goals and an assist.
"She's really good, but I noticed she's a tall goalie, so I wanted to go low," said Wasilko, who slipped three bouncers by Sidaras, an All-American.
Gelderman put Sachem East up, 5-1, with 5:57 left in the first half, but Floyd answered with a quick surge and Gabby Bradley (one assist) tied it 48 seconds before halftime.
Cara Trombetta retook the lead with 18:10 left. She faked left to shake a defender, slipped into the crease and dropped in a bouncer from 5 yards.
"I knew it was important to score there," said Trombetta, who also had an assist. "Some things weren't going our way, so I wanted to be a spark."
Gelderman added a goal and Sachem East played keep-away to hold on for what coach Ali Bourgal called a "confidence-building win."
So much for luck of the draw.