Baldwin’s Daniella Specht wasn’t afraid to admit how she felt heading into the second overtime of Wednesday night’s Nassau Class A field hockey final.
“I was pretty nervous,” Specht said. “But I knew my team would keep it together.”
But it was the Bruins’ junior midfielder who would halt Baldwin’s postseason drought and end Massapequa’s streak of Class A crowns at seven. Specht scored 59 seconds into the second 10-minute overtime as Baldwin won the championship for the first time since 1998 in a 1-0 thriller at Adelphi’s Motamed Field.
Baldwin (9-4-1) will face Ward Melville (19-0) for the Long Island Class A championship at 7 p.m. Saturday at Adelphi.
Baldwin’s Nadia Elcock nearly finished things herself with spectacular runs with 4:30 and 2:56 left in the first sudden-victory, seven-on-seven OT but could not find the back of the net. Earlier, Baldwin had a goal disallowed with 6:40 left in overtime because the ball hit off an offensive player’s foot.
“It’s been our mission all year to win this game,” Elcock said. “We lost last year in this game, and all I’ve been thinking about is winning this game and having our names on a banner.”
Kaley Theodorous made 12 saves for Massapequa (8-7).
The teams split their regular-season meetings. Baldwin won, 2-1, Sept. 17, and Massapequa won, 5-0, Sept. 26. After that game, Massapequa coach Melodee Ahrens said, “We’ll see (Baldwin) again.”
The Bruins lost their previous three finals under 11th-year coach Mike Hoover.
“Daniella doesn’t always get a chance to score goals,” Hoover said. “But in a seven-on-seven overtime, the better players get a chance to show what they can do.”
Whether they are nervous or not.