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Hunter Isnardi scores six goals as Hicksville tops Oyster Bay

Hicksville's Hunter Isnardi, left, maneuvers for a shot

Hicksville's Hunter Isnardi, left, maneuvers for a shot on goal as Oyster Bay's Vanessa Yu closes in on her during the second half of a Nassau girls lacrosse game at Hicksville High School on Thursday, April 16, 2015. Credit: James Escher

Hunter Isnardi made a spin move and slipped. She tried to win a draw and stumbled. She attempted to cause a turnover and tripped.

So after the game, she apologized to her teammates.

"She said she was sorry she wore sneakers," said her sister and teammate, Cameron.

But really, how much more could she have possibly dominated had she worn cleats?

Isnardi had six goals and two assists to power Hicksville to a 15-13 win over Oyster Bay Thursday in Conference II girls lacrosse. In no way did her performance or choice of footwear require an apology.

"I'm kind of hard on myself sometimes," she said. "Overall I did pretty well, even though I kept falling a lot."

She said she opted to wear sneakers, even though they provide less traction on the slick turf, because she feels heavier when running in cleats. Perhaps that, combined with her impressive stick skills, gave her the extra burst of speed she needed late in the first half.

She beat the defense off the draw and scored at the buzzer for her fifth goal of the half, sending Hicksville into the break with a 10-6 advantage.

But Oyster Bay (2-2) opened the second half with four consecutive goals. After Dominique Matarese and Nicole Hauser scored, Ashley Duggan tallied two of her three goals to tie the score at 10.

Valerie Panariello scored to put Hicksville back on top 11-10. Noelle Batista then scored on a free position and on an overhand shot from 8 yards to increase the lead to three with 9:23 to go.

After a low stick save by Hicksville goalie Alexa Lomangino, who made 13 stops, Hunter Isnardi finished on the other end to open a 14-11 lead with 3:13 left.

Batista had five goals and two assists and Cameron Isnardi added two goals and three interceptions for Hicksville (2-1).

"We needed this one," Batista said. "This win picked up our morale and now we're looking to build on this."

Vanessa Yu (four goals) and Michelle Yu (three goals) scored within 28 seconds of one another to pull Oyster Bay within 15-13 with 1:26 left.

But Hunter Isnardi won the next draw control, her 16th, with what coach Meredith Schneider jokingly called "a magnet in her stick that the ball flocks to."

And yet, after the game, Isnardi also apologized for the few draws she didn't win. Her teammates cut her off and began chanting her name.

"She kept on apologizing," Cameron Isnardi said. "Sometimes she doesn't realize how good she is. The chant was to remind her."

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