ENDWELL, N.Y. — Carle Place goalkeeper Megan McGuinness did what she had done throughout the day — stand tall.
It didn’t matter if it was during Saturday’s state Class C field hockey semifinal against Whitney Point when she made seven saves, or after the heart-breaking 2-1 overtime loss at Maine-Endwell High School when she answered difficult questions.
Carle Place’s season ended when Whitney Point’s Leann Bough scored her second goal of the game with 5:09 left in the first overtime period.
“I could not see a single thing down there,” said McGuinness, who had to battle the sun shining in her eyes in the first half, and later as it was setting in overtime. “The first half was tough, but I knew we could handle them.”
Samantha Reed scored a thrilling goal from about 10 yards out from the right side with 18:55 left in regulation to give the Frogs a 1-0 lead.
“It was a great goal,” Carle Place coach Carol Nesdill said, “and that’s what you go for.”
Whitney Point (18-1) put the Carle Place defense and McGuinness to the test, and Bough scored the equalizer with 6:33 remaining.
The Frogs had two chances early in overtime, but could not score.
“When you get two corners in overtime, you have to finish,” Nesdill said. “But Whitney Point is a good team . . . We came up short and that always hurts. Losing stinks.”
The Frogs graduate eight seniors, but are already thinking about next year.
“This season was extraordinary. It was the best season I’ve ever played,” said McGuinness, who ended the year tied with a Nassau-best 136 saves. “I can tell you that next year, we are going to come back and win it all.”