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Cold Spring Harbor and South Side get defensive

Cold Spring Harbor's Victoria Kotowski looks for an

Cold Spring Harbor's Victoria Kotowski looks for an opening against the South Side defense. (Mar. 25, 2010) Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Anyone who complains that girls lacrosse has too much scoring and not enough defense should have been at Cold Spring Harbor today.

CSH came from behind to defeat South Side 6-5 in overtime, in the Conference I-opener for both teams. Victoria Kotowski (pictured, left) tied the game with 30 seconds remaining in regulation and scored the eventual-game winner early in the first overtime. Liz Ludlow also had two goals for Cold Spring Harbor. Sam Morin and Jackie Cifarelli had two goals each for South Side.

Both defenses were fantastic. Michelle Abramczyk and the Cold Spring Harbor defense made things easy at times for goalie Colleen Nofi. Other times Nofi took matters into her own hands and stopped shots from point-blank range.

“I think today we had a lot of big defensive stops as a team,” said Nofi, who made five saves. “It was a whole team effort by the defense.”

Cofi, who missed last season with a back injury, is taking over for three-time All-County goalie Kendall Mason, now at UMBC. It looks like she’ll have no problem. She’s allowed only 10 goals in two games.

South Side’s defense was equally brilliant. Kelsey Gregerson was dazzling in goal, making 10 saves.The junior is shaping up to be one of Long Island’s best. Cold Spring Harbor led 3-1 at halftime but Gregerson did not allow CSH to build on the lead and behind Morin and Cifarelli, the Cyclones rallied to go up 5-3. Ludlow and Kotowski scored to force the extra frame.

This was the first game for South Side in Conference I. The Cyclones were unstoppable in Conference II last year. This game certainly proved they can compete in the top conference.

Check tomorrow’s Newsday for more on this game.

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