Amelia Bentley #24 of Cold Spring Harbor, right, scores a...

Amelia Bentley #24 of Cold Spring Harbor, right, scores a goal during the first half of the Nassau girls lacrosse Class D final against Carle Place at Adelphi University on Wednesday, May 31, 2023.  Credit: James Escher

The Cold Spring Harbor girls lacrosse team had one of the more mild county championship celebrations you’ll see. The Seahawks charged the goalkeeper and jumped around for a few seconds after their 17-3 victory over Carle Place to take the Nassau Class D crown at Adelphi on Wednesday, but they view this as just the beginning.

"This is just one step along the way,” Amelia Bentley said. “We have a long journey ahead of us and there are more things we want to accomplish.”

 Bentley had four goals and three assists as one of six players with multiple goals for Cold Spring Harbor. The Seahawks (12-5) advance to play Mattituck (11-7) in the Long Island Class D championship/Southeast Regional Final at Adelphi Sunday at 11 a.m. 

Cold Spring Harbor won its third straight Nassau Class D championship and fifth straight county title after winning the Nassau, Long Island and state Class C crowns in 2018 and 2019.

 “At the beginning of the season, we really do talk a lot about states and that’s our end goal,” said Hannah Van Son, one of the only two seniors on Cold Spring Harbor. “When you have a goal, you’re excited to reach a milestone toward that. But it’s really that end goal that you get super excited for and then you’ll get that sense that you did it.”

  Van Son had two goals and three assists, Kelly Callaghan had three goals and two assists and Ryan Reynolds had two goals and two assists. Maggie Spehr added two goals and an assist, Ruby Spielberger had two goals and Maya Soskin made nine saves.

   “We do have a younger team but we have huge goals,” Van Son said. “And for my last year, it’s my huge goal to leave as a state champion.”

 Cold Spring Harbor scored the game’s first four goals and opened a 9-2 lead at halftime. Paige Selhorn had two goals and an assist for Carle Place (3-12). After falling in the state Class D semifinals last season, the Seahawks have been focused all offseason on being at their best for the postseason.

“I don’t consider us a cocky team, but I think we’re confident,” coach Danielle Castellane said. “We know we have to play a full 50 minutes, we respect our opponents but we are confident in our play and our preparation and that shows.”

Cold Spring Harbor seeks a more elaborate celebration on Sunday, followed by goals of the ultimate one in Cortland with a state crown.   

“Our job isn’t done yet,” Van Son said. “We still have two weeks left in our season and we want to bring it home.”

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