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Bairre Reilly's 5 goals help Locust Valley roll past Bethpage

Locust Valley's Bairre Reilly controls the ball against

Locust Valley's Bairre Reilly controls the ball against Bethpage in the Nassau non-league girls lacrosse game. (March 16, 2013) Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

From her position in front of the goal, Locust Valley defender Emily Schlicht had a perfect view of her little sister -- a streak up the left wing, a scooped ground ball, a flick over to an attacker.

Her restrained, sisterly reaction to Maggie Schlicht's first varsity start? "I think she did pretty well," she said. "She held her ground. I think it's great."

With girls like Bairre Reilly and Kameron Palagonia, it comes as no surprise that Locust Valley had plenty of production from its well-established starters in a 17-4 non-league lacrosse win over host Bethpage. On a frigid morning yesterday, though, it was the new kids who allowed coach Kristen Hordy to relax early.

"We've got some new players," she said, pointing out her defense, which debuted Maggie Schlicht, Lara Su Cemaletin and Carly Kinta. "They're out there, they're in action and they're doing good things -- getting ground balls and being aggressive and that's what we need from new players."

But back to those stand-bys . . .

Returning from a torn ACL, Julia Palermo kicked off the scoring only 44 seconds in, as Locust Valley scored the first six goals of the game, capped by Palagonia's crease roll tally with 10:31 left in the first half, and Reilly's score off a Palagonia feed twenty seconds later.

Reilly led all scorers with five goals and one assist and Palagonia had three goals and two assists; Julia Palermo and Taylor Bleistein had three goals and one assist apiece. Gillian McGowan had two goals and an assist for Bethpage.

The Falcons led 11-1 at the half. "We were able to draw the doubles, then pull back and get to girls cutting through," said Reilly, a senior. "We're definitely going use everything we did today to carry us throughout the season."

That, of course, encompassed the Schlicht sisters. Emily, the point, anchors the Falcons defense, Hordy said, and the junior said that she's been whispering into her freshman sister's ear leading up to this debut.

Maggie doesn't seem to mind all that much. "Sometimes she's a little crazy, but most of the time, she's really helpful and just gives me pointers and stuff," Maggie Schlicht said. "[Varsity] was more fast-paced . . . At first it was pretty intimidating but after the second half, I felt pretty good about myself."

You could say the feeling among her teammates was mutual.

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