Caitlin Breglia wasn’t ready for her senior season to end. And thanks to her tenacious play in overtime, it didn’t. Breglia
’s fourth goal of the game led Long Beach to a 9-8 victory over North Shore Thursday in a Nassau B girls lacrosse quarterfinal.
The host Marines watched anxiously as Breglia ran through five defenders and drew a foul 1:10 into the overtime period. Then they stormed the field as her free-position shot found the back of the cage.
“I was looking ahead to find open people and then all of sudden I got fouled and thought, “OK, this is my opportunity,” said Breglia, a five-year varsity contributor.
Adept at creating for herself, Breglia shouldered much of the offensive load for the Marines. She scored their first goal and then the first two in the second half, giving Long Beach a 5-3 lead with 21:57 remaining.
The momentum built from Breglia’s fast start to the second was contagious. After Alana Greene answered with one of her four goals for North Shore (10-8), Siobhan Rafferty and Maggie Reznick both scored to put the Marines up, 7-4.
The Vikings mounted a comeback, rattling off three consecutive goals in very little time after Long Beach went up 8-5 with 9:06 remaining.
First, Madeline Podaras scored quickly off a draw. Sixteen seconds later, Hannah Moran raced to the cage after a draw and scored. Then Ashleigh Sheerin scored off a feed from Podaras with 6:16 remaining to cap the comeback.
Both sides had opportunities to score afterward, but strong defense and goalkeeping kept the score tied at 8-8 until Breglia’s heroics.
The play of both goalies was on display in the final moments. North Shore’s Quinn Lacy made nine saves in the game, including several down the stretch. Long Beach’s Sarah Reznick made 13 saves.
“I had a little bit of an off day on free positions, but it happens,” Reznick said of the three free positions she couldn’t save. “I knew I had to get the ones that weren’t.”
Long Beach (10-7) will play top-seeded Garden City on Thursday at 4 p.m. at Adelphi in the Nassau B semifinals. The Marines will need Reznick and Breglia to keep pace with the Trojans.
“She’s our go-to,” coach Rachel Ray said of Breglia. “I told her today, ‘big players make big plays in big games.’ And she did.”