CORTLAND, N.Y. — Thanks to dominant starts to both halves Friday morning, Garden City girls lacrosse returns to the state title game.
The reigning state champion defeated Yorktown, 19-8, in a state Class B semifinal at SUNY-Cortland. Kelly George had four goals and four assists, Jackie Brattan added five goals and Kaitlyn Larsson made eight saves for Garden City, which will play Fayetteville-Manlius for the championship at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Garden City (19-1) scored the first five goals of the game and led 8-2 with 10:46 left in the first half. Yorktown (12-9) responded with a 4-1 run, before Jenn Medjid (four goals, one assist) scored with 46 seconds left in the period for Garden City.
The Trojans followed that with nine consecutive goals to start the second half and led 19-6 with 7:49 to go.
“We had a really good beginning to the first half, then we started to get a little bit complacent with our lead,” Brattan said. “At halftime, coach [Diane Chapman] said, ‘We don’t want to sit on this lead. We want to come out and score as many goals as we can. Let’s go on a run.’ And that’s what we did.”
“We knew they were pumped. They just went on a run,” Larsson said. “We knew we had to come back and come out strong like we did to start the game.”
George played a key role in the second-half surge, scoring two goals with two assists in the period. “Coming out of halftime, we really just wanted to pick it up,” she said. “They were doubling behind, so it left a girl open. I was able to hit some feeds.”
Garden City was incredibly efficient in front of the net, scoring on all but one of its 20 shots on goal. Sarah Kaval added three goals and an assist, and Celia Concannon had a goal and three assists for the Trojans.
At the other end of the field, Larsson played a key role in keeping Yorktown’s offense in check and sparking the Trojans’ early run. “We scored the first goal which gave us a lot of momentum,” Larsson said. “I was able to come up with the first save which added to it, and then we got the ball down field and went on a run.”
Garden City, which graduated 17 players from its title-winning team from last season, is now a win away from earning the 15th state title in program history.
“The nine seniors on this team are a close-knit group of friends,” George said, “so we want to finish it, play one more game together and hopefully win a state championship.”