All Lauren Nagy could do was run.
In the final minute of Thursday’s inaugural Nassau Class D championship game at Adelphi’s Motamed Field, the Carle Place girls lacrosse team’s goalie came up with a save with the Frogs ahead by two.
Instead of risking a pass up field against the suffocating Oyster Bay pressure, Nagy began to scramble around the cage. With 15 seconds left, she passed to Trinity Reed, who ran out the final seconds of No. 2 Carle Place’s 9-7 win over top-seeded Oyster Bay.
Carle Place, winner of its first county championship since 1989 when in Class C, plays Mattituck/Southold at 5 p.m. Sunday at Adelphi in the Long Island championship.
“I was running for my life,” Nagy said. “It was definitely scary, but I just knew it couldn’t fall out of my stick. I was doing some cradling skills I’ve never done before. I’m so happy and relieved that it’s over.”
Nagy made two of her eight saves in the final five minutes after Jenna Vasilakopoulos scored the go-ahead goal off an excellent feed by Abby Selhorn with 7:16 remaining.
“I saw Abby behind the cage,” said Vasilakopoulos, who added that the Frogs practice quick feeds frequently. “I saw she was giving it to me; she gave me the eye. I knew I had a second to get it off and I just threw it at the cage.”
Samantha Reed recovered a loose ball minutes later, and after the successful clear with 4:03 remaining, Carle Place chewed nearly 2:30 off the clock. Trinity Reed capped the possession with an open-net goal for a 9-7 lead with 1:03 remaining after Oyster Bay opted to pull goalie Emily Vomvas for more pressure defense.
The sides entered the half tied at 5 after Lauren Smith scored with 3:25 before the break for Carle Place (4-8).
The Frogs then scored the first two goals of the second half. Giana McKeough and Samantha Reed scored 24 seconds apart for a 7-5 lead. McKeough’s tally came on a hockey-like swat of a ball on the turf.
“I just saw the ball right outside the crease, and the goalie’s stick was about to come get it, so I just knew I had to get a quick goal,” said McKeough.
Michelle Yu and Ashley Duggan, two talented seniors for Oyster Bay (5-11), scored consecutively to tie the game at 7, setting up Vasilakopoulos’ game-winning strike and Nagy’s game-saving run.