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Bruno leads Garden City to 'B' title

Garden City's #13 Catherine Dickinson shoots and scores

Garden City's #13 Catherine Dickinson shoots and scores during a game against Canandaigua in the NYSPHSAA girls lacrosse Finals at SUNY Cortland. (June 9, 2012) Credit: Gregg Ordon

CORTLAND, N.Y. -- The signs and posters scattered throughout the crowd, and the navy blue T-shirts the players donned afterward, simply read: "dynasty."

That word serves as a nickname, a bold (though accurate) declaration, and now a battle cry for the Garden City girls lacrosse team.

"We became 'dynasty' after our fifth straight championship," senior Alexandra Bruno said, "now I guess we could be dynasty-plus-two."

The Trojans reaffirmed their standing once more, defeating Canandaigua, 13-8, Saturday to capture a seventh consecutive state Class B title.

Of course, Bruno's equation could do with another integer: dynasty + 2 + 1. Not long after the girls hoisted another plaque at SUNY-Cortland, the Garden City boys lacrosse team won its title game to complete the school's state sweep.

This title is the girls' 13th overall, which is a state record, as is seven consecutive.

But the history books tell us that empires eventually fall. Right?

"We couldn't break the run of championships and upset what the teams of the past have built," senior Catherine McTiernan said. "Maintaining this means a lot to us."

These Trojans have not only maintained their lacrosse monolith, they'll soon spruce it up with some shiny new ornaments.

Bruno, who was named tournament MVP, had six goals and two assists to lead Garden City (17-5). Catherine Dickinson added five goals and an assist, McTiernan had two goals and an assist, and Megan McDonald made five saves.

Among the past Garden City greats in attendance was Kelly Weis, who sat precariously on the ledge above the bleachers, waving a "dynasty" poster for her old teammates.

"[The former players] have come by practice and helped us out, so they're a part of this victory," Jenna Fuchs said. "That stuff brings back memories and it's added motivation for us."

Whatever the incentive was, Garden City seemed to flip a switch in the second half after a tie at 6 at intermission.

A Fuchs goal gave them a momentary 7-4 lead with 1:27 left in the first half, but referees waved it off after a stick check showed the pocket of the attack's stick was too deep. Canandaigua followed with two quick goals. "It was frustrating," Fuchs said, "but we couldn't let that get in our heads."

It didn't. Dickinson and McTiernan each scored in the first two minutes out of the break. They were aided by Kalya Murphy's five draw controls early in the second half.

Dickinson's goal came on a slick inside spin move, a reverse pivot, and blast from 5 yards. "It's my last day as a Trojan," the Pennsylvania-bound senior said, "so there was no way I wouldn't give my all."

Dakotah Savicheff pulled the Braves within 9-8 with 20:08 left, but Bruno scored at 18:18, exploding from behind the goal and firing from close range.

In 2010, Garden City beat Canandaigua, 16-15, in a state semifinal. But this year, the Trojans' second-half zone defense ensured there was no late drama. "We told ourselves, 'two goals and that's it,' " defender Carly Knowles said. "Our offense had scored enough and we had to shut them down."

Bruno said winning seven straight titles is "insane," but described this one as "the absolute best." And with reason. The previous Trojans squads had an air of invincibility, and a 55-game win streak supported that.

But this season, with its five losses, "was a long one," coach Diane Chapman said. "It's amazing because it wasn't an easy road up here."

Pockmarked as their path was, the Trojans again stand atop Class B. "It's always the goal," McDonald, a senior, said, "and we've accomplished it."

Simply stated: Dynasty.

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