Ava Tighe #4 of Cold Spring Harbor, left, and Abigail...

Ava Tighe #4 of Cold Spring Harbor, left, and Abigail Lyons #2 of Carle Place battle for control of a draw during the Nassau County girls lacrosse Class D final at Adelphi University on Friday, May 27, 2022. Tighe scored three goals in Cold Spring Harbor's 14-1 win.

Three was the magic number for Cold Spring Harbor Friday afternoon at Adelphi.

Ava Tighe, Amelia Bentley and Kelly Callaghan each scored three goals as No. 1 Cold Spring Harbor defeated No. 2 Carle Place, 14-1, to clinch its second consecutive Nassau Class D girls lacrosse title.

“Ball movement is so important,” Tighe said. “We were able to have these hat tricks today because the rest of our team stepped up and moved the ball so well.”

The senior and Florida-commit won draws to keep the Seahawks on the attack and establish an early lead. Tighe scored her first goal on a free position shot with 23:36 remaining in the first half and Callaghan followed with two straight goals.

“We have a great team dynamic,” said Callaghan, a freshman. “We’re all friends and we can push each other without hurting anyone’s feelings.”

Cold Spring Harbor girls lacrosse teammates celebrate after their 14-1...

Cold Spring Harbor girls lacrosse teammates celebrate after their 14-1 win over Carle Place in the Nassau County Class D championship at Adelphi University on Friday, May 27, 2022. Credit: James Escher

Bentley followed with her first goal to put Cold Spring Harbor ahead 5-0 after just over four minutes of play.

The Seahawks led 9-0 before Paige Selhorn scored with 5:51 left in the first half for Carle Place (8-8).

“We were chomping at the bit to get out there,” coach Danielle Castellane said. “We’ve been playing our best lacrosse since the postseason began and we wanted to come out of the gates with the gas pedal down.”

While Cold Spring Harbor maintained possession for most of the game, Carle Place couldn’t capitalize on its chances, as freshman goalie Maya Soskin made 14 saves.

The reigning Long Island Class D champs will face Center Moriches in a rematch of last year’s championship game at Stony Brook University Sunday, June 5, at 6 p.m.

“Playing at Stony Brook is the next level up,” Bentley said. “This is an experience that you can’t relive.”

Cold Spring Harbor (9-8) didn’t get the chance to go to the NYSPHSAA tournament after last year’s LIC, but the Seahawks are hungry to make this opportunity count.

“It’s the same goal every year,” Tighe said. “County championship, Long Island championship and the ultimate goal is getting on that bus and going to the state tournament.”


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