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Delaney Galvin leads St. Anthony’s to 10th straight CHSAA crown

St. Anthony's varsity girls lacrosse teammates celebrate after

St. Anthony's varsity girls lacrosse teammates celebrate after their 11-7 win over Sacred Heart Academy in the Nassau-Suffolk CHSAA varsity girls lacrosse Class AAA final at Adelphi University on Thursday, May 18, 2017. Credit: James Escher

Whether it was blocking shots or keeping away negative thoughts, St. Anthony’s senior goalie Delaney Galvin was on top of her game.

Galvin had 10 saves, was named the game’s most valuable player and guided St. Anthony’s to an 11-7 win over Sacred Heart in the CHSAA AAA girls lacrosse championship game at Adelphi University’s Motamed Field Thursday night.

It is the 10th straight CHSAA crown for St. Anthony’s (11-4). The Friars had a three-game losing streak against non-league foes Manhasset and Bayport-Blue Point, and a defeat against Sacred Heart in late April.

“I tried not to think about it,” said Galvin, who is committed to Marist. “I can’t have those thoughts in my head. We had to shake it off and execute our game plan.”

The Friars’ game plan was to be aggressive on offense early in the game and let Galvin and the defense take care of the rest.

Senior Sabrina Cristodero, a University of Florida commit, had three of her four goals in the first half as St. Anthony’s led 6-4. Sophomore Kira Accettella scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the second half as the Friars’ lead ballooned to 8-4.

St. Anthony’s held the ball for long stretches in the second half. When Sacred Heart (13-7) was able to gain possession, Galvin was more than capable, including a handful of in-close saves.

“She did an amazing job,” Cristodero said of Galvin. “She really stepped it up.”

Sacred Heart’s Isabelle Grant had three goals. Her second came with 7:30 remaining. It was the Spartans’ first goal since there were 16.9 seconds left in the first half. Grant’s goal buoyed Sacred Heart as Arden Tierney scored 43 seconds later and St. Anthony’s lead shrunk to 8-6.

But St. Anthony’s scored three of the final four goals in the closing 4:20 to continue its CHSAA dominance.

“This means the world to us,” Cristodero said. “It wasn’t our best regular season, but I couldn’t think of a better way to end it. It’s a perfect ending and our 10th straight title.”

OLMA wins AA title. Our Lady of Mercy goalie Maggie McGovern has a simple, yet effective approach to stopping the opposition from scoring.

“I just take things shot by shot,” McGovern said. “I can’t think or look too far ahead.”

Now, McGovern and the rest of her Mustangs teammates can bask in the glow of a title after a 10-6 win against St. Dominic in the CHSAA Class AA championship Thursday night at Adelphi. It is Mercy’s first title since 2013.

McGovern, named game MVP – had 11 saves, but few were bigger than two point-blank stops as the Mustangs (11-8) clung to a two-goal lead in the second half.

The junior made the first stop with her left foot on a bounce shot in close with 6:27 remaining to protect an 8-6 lead. McGovern reacted five seconds later with a stop off her glove to keep St. Dominic (13-5) at bay.

Juniors Lindsay Dean and Kendall Fressle led the way on offense, scoring four goals apiece. They also each had an assist. After a 4-4 tie at halftime, Dean and Fressle had three goals apiece to account for all of the Mustangs’ offense in the second half.

Alexa Schultz had two goals and goalie Kaitlyn Kennedy had 10 saves for St. Dominic, which had beaten Mercy by two and one goals, respectively, during the regular season.

“Watching the way we played together and grew together into a family,” Mercy coach Lauren Ruppert said, “it’s just amazing.”

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