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GIRLS LACROSSEState tourney anyone?

The St. Anthony's girls team has been in plenty of intense, close games this season. Monday'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 CHSAA 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," Kerrin Maurer, the CHSAA player of the year, said of 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 SSSA by one goal in its third game in four days.

The Friars also had quality wins over West Islip and Farmingdale at home.

BOYS LACROSSECuozzo's last hurrah

Mount Sinai coach Joe Cuozzo's distinguished career came to a quiet end Thursday, as his Mustangs lost in the Suffolk Class C semifinals to Bayport-Blue Point, 8-4. The all-time winningest boys high school lacrosse coach in the nation finished with a 747-100 record, winning an astounding 88 percent of his games.

"He set a coaching standard that we all try to strive for. Everybody knows that," said Shoreham-Wading River coach Tom Rotanz, who starred on defense for Cuozzo at Ward Melville. That is where Cuozzo made his mark on the sport.

He won 699 games at Ward Melville, including seven state titles, 15 L.I. crowns and 22 Suffolk. At Class C Mount Sinai, Cuozzo added an eighth state title in 2008.

"He was extremely humble and he was extremely tough," Rotanz said. "The thing I liked most is that he demanded excellence and he never wavered."

BADMINTONFinger dominates

Hannah Finger won the Suffolk girls badminton singles title Thursday after letting up only 24 points in eight games. She led Half Hollow Hills to the county championship Monday and was ranked first in the tournament after an 11-2, 11-1, 11-8, 11-0, 11-1, 11-4, 11-2, 11-6 day.

Whitman's Matt Simone beat Smithtown West's Justin Lin, 15-9, 15-7, to win the boys singles title and Smithtown West's Derrick Ladeairous and Greg Mayer defeated Patchogue-Medford's Andrew Quatrale and Chris Margolin, 15-8, 8-15, 15-10, in the doubles final.

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