It’s the return of “Leftovers.” Yesterday’s article on Shoreham-Wading River’s 13-11 win over Sacred Heart was shorter than usual – that was because we covered a bunch of games and the space in the section was limited. So, a bunch of quotes and details were left out or abridged to make it fit. And if you know me, you know I hate interviewing people and not putting it out somewhere. We can’t let no quotes go to waste… Not on this blog!
** Special kudos to SWR’s Meredith Bushell, who had a team-high three assists in the game, which I forgot to mention in the article. That was my mistake and I apologize. If you see me at counties and want to throw a ball at me, go ahead. Just don’t hit me in the face.
Paulina Constant, in addition to her two goals, had three groundballs and two forced turnovers. Alyssa Fleming had three groundballs, Patricia Miller caused two turnovers, and Clare Blomberg had a groundball and a turnover.
Note: As the No. 1 seed in the Suffolk Class C playoffs, Shoreham-Wading River gets a bye for the semifinals. They’ll face the winner of the Babylon/Mount Sinai game in the final on May 31, 3 p.m. at the Dowling Sports Complex.
And away we go….
Katie Boden had two goals and an assist.
The win: "This a huge win for us. Especially going straight into counties after this, to have this in the back of our minds will be good. I think we played really well and we deserved the win. We proved to ourselves that we can get it done.
The team seemed to have a lot of intensity, despite the game being a non-league matchup after they had been informed they were the No. 1 seed: "We realized that this was still a huge game and it was important for us to play well. We knew coming in that [Sacred Heart] is a great team and it would be great to beat them."
Lauren Lustgarten had two goals and an assist. Her first goal gave Shoreham-Wading River a 7-6 lead with 22:09 remaining – that lead didn’t last – and her second put them up 10-8 with 13:37 left. That one did hold up.
Her goal to push the lead to 2: "I think it was very important because it got our momentum back when we got down. It was a great pass from Boden."
Sacred Heart had beaten SWR, 18-16, last year in the Long Island Challenge at Mt. Sinai. What was different this time? "I think this year we’ve gotten it together and are more passionate. We had a rough patch at the beginning of the year, but we’ve turned it around and we started bringing it and it’s a perfect time to do it because we have counties coming up... Plus it was the senior’s last time playing on this field so there was extra motivation."
Lauren Daly made 10 saves in the win for the Wildcats.
On the free-position shot she saved with 18:49 left and Shoreham-Wading River up, 8-7: “It was a great shot, and it was hard to save, but I think I got lucky.”
Sacred Heart scored 18 goals on the Wildcats last year. What was the difference between that game and this one? “I think last year we weren’t as prepared as we were coming into this game. It’s later in the season and that benefited us. We were excited to play them again.”
With Sacred Heart having beaten North Shore and Mt. Sinai, teams SWR could possibly face in the postseason, how much confidence do they take from this win? “I think it’s a big win for us, especially going into the playoffs, and knowing we beat them after they beat some great teams.”
Alex Fehmel had a goal, an assist and four groundballs.
The turnover with about 2:40 left, with SWR up 13-10, which led to a Sacred Heart goal with 2:18 remaining: “Once I saw the pass coming, I was getting ready to run and I took my eyes off it for a second, getting too anxious to run.”
Winning the draw after that goal to redeem yourself: “I just heard my coach and my teammate Jessica [Angerman] yelling, ‘We really need this draw! You’ve gotta get it!’ and that pumped me up. Possession was the key in the second half and it was very important to get that draw right there.”
She intercepted a pass at the 30, drove left inside the arc and flipped a pass to Alyssa Pearce, who scored from close to give SWR a 12-8 lead with 8:00 left. “That was a great feeling. I was trying to bring it down as much as I could to get Alyssa open as much as I could, then I passed it to her at the last second and she was open. It worked to perfection.”
The team’s intensity level: “We came into this game really eager to play; we really wanted to win. We know they’re such a good team and it’s really good competition, plus we wanted to make up for last year.”
Wildcats coach Mary Bergmann
Beating Sacred Heart: “It’s a big win. I was a little nervous coming in because we found out last week we’re in the playoffs and we’re the No. 1 seed. Sometimes it’s tough to determine how kids are going to react to that. But we have three seniors on the team and it’s their last time playing on this field and they didn’t want to end on a loss.”
SWR fell behind, 2-0, but led 6-5 at halftime and was up by as many as four goals late in the second half: “I think they found their flow. We were rushing ourselves at some points. We’d force a great turnover and then come down and try to rush on transition, then lose the ball and have to run back down the other way and get exhausted. In the beginning we had a couple iffy shots, but I think that was nerves or anxiousness. Once we started to slow it down, we were able to get some good shots on goal… We only had two draw controls in the first half and they had 10. In the second half it was 7-7, and I think that helped us. We had a lead going into the second half, so if you can get 50% of the draw controls, you give yourself a good chance to hold on.”
Could going 13-3 this season and knocking off a top team in Sacred Heart spell the return of SWR as a powerhouse? “I don’t think we went anywhere. Last year could’ve been a rebuilding year with a young team, but we still made the county finals [in Suffolk Class B]. Instead of it being a rebuilding year, it was a transition year."
The benefit of winning this game: “This might’ve been the perfect game, at the end of the regular season, to put a little bit of swag in the team. Like ‘We are that good. We can compete with Mt. Sinai or Babylon and whoever in the Long Island championship. It’s just a matter of getting the job done.”