Cold Spring Harbor’s Ryan Reynolds (one goal and three assists)...

Cold Spring Harbor’s Ryan Reynolds (one goal and three assists) is defended by Farmingdale‘s Ashlinn Kelly on Wednesday, March 27, 2024. Credit: Peter Frutkoff

It’s been nearly 300 days since Cold Spring Harbor’s girls lacrosse team became Long Island champions for the fifth year in a row. However, based on Wednesday’s dominating home-opener against Farmingdale, it may as well have been yesterday.

The Seahawks displayed no rust in its 15-4 non-conference win over the Dalers, running away with an eight-goal lead at halftime and never looking back.

Junior midfielder Ryan Reynolds did it all for Cold Spring Harbor, scoring one goal with three assists while forcing three turnovers and winning six faceoffs. Two of those turnovers directly led to assists and subsequent goals.

“I think it’s really good that we were able to open up with such crisp, clean goals and assists and everything,” Reynolds said. “It’s only going up from here.”

Everyone got in on the action as eight Seahawks scored in a game that felt out of hand by halftime, with Cold Spring Harbor leading 11-3.

Junior midfielder Maggie Spehr, who scored three goals with an assist, said the team spent recent months further building the chemistry that led to last year’s success. The team only graduated two seniors, with the core of the team returning.

“I think getting back into it and focusing on working with each other and having great relationships really carries through on the field,” Spehr said. “Today we had so many assisted goals (6), and we’ve really been focusing on that.”

Junior midfielder Ruby Spielberger scored three goals, including two in the first three minutes of the game. Senior attacker Amelia Bentley worked the X, earning a pair of goals for her efforts as she would loop inside for a quick finish.

Coach Danielle Castellane praised a stellar defensive effort that kept Farmingdale to just one goal outside of the second quarter. She noted the team’s struggles on draws, however, with Farmingdale’s Juliann Brezski winning eight draw controls on her own, more than Cold Spring Harbor’s total of seven.

It’s a tiny stain on a nearly perfect outing, a blemish that Cold Spring Harbor has the rest of the season to wash out. The Seahawks will have plenty of opportunities to do so, with five games in seven days coming up next week, intentionally designed to prepare the team for the quick turnarounds that comes with the playoffs and the state tournament.

“We want to be better in May than we are in March, and better in June than we are in May,” Castellane said. “It was a good first game.”

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