This time, an Islander named Arbour couldn't deliver a championship. But oh did Jaclyn Arbour try.
The granddaughter of Islanders Hall of Fame coach Al Arbour scored three goals and an assist, but Western rallied with two goals in 15 seconds of the third period for a 5-4 victory in the women's ice hockey gold medal game last night at the Amherst Ice Arena.
Arbour had given Long Island (2-1-2) a 4-3 lead with a rebound off a shot from the point with 11:33 left. But Kristen Knoll scored on a breakaway to tie it and Kristen Spulecki rebounded her own shot and scored for the winner.
"They had a little more speed," Long Island coach Frank Drisco said. "They had a 3-on-2 and just crushed the net . Jaclyn had a great tournament and so did Nicole Giannino . I'm very proud of the silver and what we've done the last four years."
Since 2006, Long Island has gone gold-silver-gold-silver. There were no Empire State Games last year.
Field hockey advances
The start wasn't great, but the Long Island field hockey team is trying to finish with a flourish at the Empire State Games.
Long Island defeated Adirondack, 5-4, in penalty strokes Saturday afternoon and will face Hudson Valley at 11 a.m. Sunday for the gold medal.
Long Island's Lauren Brennan had three saves in regulation, including one from close range in the first half.
It was a rough beginning for Long Island, which rallied for three straight wins after falling, 4-0, to Hudson Valley on the opening day of the Empire State Games.
A win Sunday would give Long Island its first gold in field hockey since 1999.