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Field hockey beat: CSH's Kotowski is clutch

FIELD HOCKEYKotowski's clutch

It seems all Victoria Kotowski does is score in big spots. It was her in Cold Spring Harbor's 1-0 overtime win against New Hyde Park. In their 1-0 win over Massapequa, it was her again, with 18 seconds left. The Seahawks' score in a tie at 1 with Garden City two weeks ago? Guess who. It's the only goal the Trojans have yielded.

Yet when asked about the heroics, Kotowski's first words were, "Maggie [Dischmann] had the assist on two of those." But what of her knack for scoring important goals? "I can't say it's been anything I've done," the junior said. "I guess I've been in the right spots, but my team has done it for me."

Likewise in lacrosse, where she earned All-County after totaling 62 points and scoring twice in the Class C final. Kotowski credits coach Danielle Skakandi, her teammates' unselfishness, and even the pasta and bagel parties that foster "great team camaraderie." She's not an unsung hero, but one who refuses to sing of herself.

Kotowski's motivation is sending the seniors off with a title, she said. And she insists the tie against Garden City is a step toward that for CSH (8-2-1). "We were looking at the game like, 'Let's try our best,' " she said. "Never did we think we'd tie . . . It gives us a lot more confidence than we had in the past."Fuchs scoring plenty now

OK, now she's just making a habit of it. Bay Shore's Sarah Fuchs, a senior who hadn't notched a hat trick until September despite being an elite scorer, has since done it three times. She had another in a seven-point eruption Tuesday for the Marauders in a 10-3 win over North Babylon.

"I don't know what's gotten into her," coach Mary Drago said of Fuchs, whose 29 points is second in Long Island. "I remember a season when we scored 18 goals as a team. Sarah's got [15] already."

And 14 assists. So Fuchs, who's always been conscious of sharing, has found that gleeful medium. And it's helped lead Bay Shore to an 8-4 start, matching last season's win total.

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