Say, Manhasset, how you doin’?
Coming off Monday’s huge win over Farmingdale, it had to be wondered: How much momentum do they take from this? And how far does that momentum go?” The answer: far enough. The Indians capped their regular season on Wednesday with an impressive 13-9 win over rival Garden City – their first since 2009.
Julia Glynn scored five goals and Halle Majorana had three assists to lead Manhasset. Natalie Stefan, Charlotte Avallone and Linsey Ronbeck each added two goals, and Kelsey Quackenbush made 14 saves.
At 8-1, Manhasset finishes in a three-way tie with Garden City and Wantagh for first place in Conference II. The title will likely be determined by a statistical tiebreaker. Wantagh beat Manhasset; Garden City beat Wantagh; and now, Manhasset beat Garden City.
(Sources say the winner won’t be determined by a coin flip in a Dunkin’ Donuts, which I’m told did happen once back in the day.)
Alexandra Bruno had four goals and an assist for Garden City. Catherine McTiernan and Jenna Fuchs each scored twice, and Megan McDonald made seven saves.
What most stood out is that It wasn't so much that Garden City played poorly or underachieved, but Manhasset's execution was exceptional, particularly on defense in the first half. The Indians took control early, going ahead 3-0 before McTiernan's goal on a free position with 13:24 left in the first half. They were up 6-3 at halftime, and led 9-4 with 13:24 remaining. The Trojans did close to within 10-8 in the final minutes, but Manhasset scored some insurance goals to stave them off.
Manhasset coach Danielle Gallagher
Beating Garden City for the first time in three years: “I think it gives the kids a lot of confidence going into the playoffs. We’re going to see Garden City or Wantagh in one of the rounds, so we’ve got to keep playing at this level.”
On possibly winning a conference title: “That would be great to have the kids knowing they accomplished that. But more importantly is capturing a county title.”
What went right against Garden City? “We played like a team. We’ve been preaching that all season long. We had a couple games where that hasn’t happened, but over the past two games we’ve realized that it is all about teamwork. Offensive players are helping each other out; the defense is helping each other; our goalie is successful because the defense is putting pressure on the shooters, etc…Going into the playoffs, everyone needs to chip in, from the best player to everyone on the bench.”
Glynn’s play on both ends of the field: “She’s one of our top middies. She does a great job and she works hard because we do utilize her on the defense a lot, so she comes onto the offensive end a little tired, but she’s done some great things for us.”
Quackenbush’s stellar performance: “All season long she’s been playing great for us and it’s definitely a big boost when your goalie is playing well. It gives everyone an infusion of confidence when you know the goalie is stepping up and making big plays.”
Beating Garden City. Glynn, a sophomore, was in seventh grade the last time it happened: "I know Garden City-Manhasset is a big rivalry, so we came into this really wanting to win."
Your five-goal game: “I don’t think it was just my goals that did it, it was an all-around team effort. It started with the defense, all the way up to the offense, and I was able to get some open looks.”
The defense: “We knew they were a big offensive threat, so we wanted to make sure we stuck with them defensively, and we were able to do that.”
Quackenbush’s game: “She had a great game against Farmingdale and I think she, and the team, kind of got some momentum from that and we were able to carry it over into this game.”
Heading into the playoffs coming off two big wins: “We want to go far in the playoffs, and right now, we’ve got a lot of momentum and confidence. I think that helps.”
Beating Garden City: “It’s amazing. We did it when I was a freshman and it was also on a Wednesday. We won in overtime then, so to beat them like we did this time just feels so good.”
Jumping out to an early lead: “We knew they had a lot of offensive threats so we had to take it to them right away and we couldn’t afford to fall behind a team like that.”
What’s this week been like? “It's been a rollercoaster. We came off a loss [to Summit] on Saturday and we were angry and we wanted to take it out on the next team. We were so excited after beating Farmingdale and we didn't want that feeling to go away.”
Bouncing back quickly from Saturday’s loss: “We came together at practice on Sunday and told each other that the losing has to stop. We have to play as a unit. We pushed ourselves at practice and we came up with a new thing where each of us has a buddy for each game. We text that person a message to get them pumped up. I had [sophomore defender] Riley Garcia. I told her that she inspires me in practice to give my best and I love that she plays with a lot heart and is never afraid of any challenge.”
Quackenbush’s play: “Every day we work with the goalies and we do a lot of shooting, and it's paid off. She's been playing unbelievably and she has so much confidence now and it's good to see.”
Watching this relatively young team thrive and win a game in which you didn’t score a goal: “The younger kids are stepping up and playing out of their minds. When I was a freshman I was so nervous and scared to step on the field with the older girls, but these kids aren't. Today it was all our underclassmen. It's a team effort and being on the field with these girls and watching them play so well made me happy.”