The St. Anthony's girls lacrosse team has been in plenty of intense, close games this season. Yesterday's CHSAA final wasn't one of them.
The Friars earned a 16-5 win over Sacred Heart in the Nassau-Suffolk CHSAA title game at C.W. Post. That's as far as their playoff journey will go.
The Catholic League has no state tournament, and unlike some other sports (notably basketball and track), there is no Federation tournament pitting the best of the CHSAA against the best public school teams. The girls of St. Anthony's think this is a shame.
"This is important, and satisfying," said Kerrin Maurer, the CHSAA player of the year, about the Friars' third straight title. "But the Catholic League often gets overlooked. Personally, I'd love to play the top public schools. The intensity goes up so much. I'd 100 percent love to play them to know we played the top competition."
St. Anthony's prides itself on its tough non-league slate. This year, that included a trip to Maryland where the Friars went 2-1 against Good Counsel (ranked eighth in the country by ESPN Rise), Georgetown Visitation and Saint Stephen's & St. Agnes (No. 19). St. Anthony's lost to the latter by one goal — it was the team's third game in four days.
The Friars also had quality wins over West Islip and Farmingdale at home. They lost at Rocky Point 7-5 (their lowest scoring output of the season) and at New Jersey's Moorestown (undefeated and ranked No. 3 in the country), 9-6.
So while an undefeated romp through the Catholic League was satisfying for the Friars, their season always leaves a little something to be desired.
"Our league is our first priority, but beating a Good Counsel or a Farmingdale is above and beyond for us," said St. Anthony's coach Corinne Lomangino. "Our girls were saying they'd love to scrimmage Rocky Point after the season was over.
"We would love to go to a state tournament, but I don't know if that'll ever happen."