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Jenn Medjid sparks Garden City’s comeback lacrosse victory

Garden City attacker Jenn Medjid, left, drives the

Garden City attacker Jenn Medjid, left, drives the ball against Eastport-South Manor defender in the Long Island Class B girls lacrosse championship game on Sunday, June 5, 2016. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Late in Thursday game, Garden City’s 18-game winning streak was in jeopardy.

A dominant performance from Jenn Medjid ensured it would continue.

Medjid scored seven goals, including the game-winner off a free position with 27.6 seconds left in overtime to lead the Trojans to a 10-9 win over visiting Massapequa in a Nassau I girls lacrosse game. The junior scored Garden City’s last five goals, helping the reigning state champions overcome an 8-5 second-half deficit.

“It’s a fun way to start the season,” said Medjid, who also had two goals in the Trojans’ season-opening win over Port Washington. “It was such a close game so I’m really happy we were able to come out with a win and that I was able to help my teammates.”

“She went hard to goal when she got the ball,” coach Diane Chapman said. “She’s able to read the goalie really well, she sees the game really well and works well with her teammates.”

Garden City (2-0) fell behind 8-5 with 18:11 left after Moira Callahan (three goals, three assists) scored for Massapequa. Medjid answered with a free position goal with 15:30 left but Caitlyn O’Connor scored to restore the Chiefs’ three-goal lead nearly eight minutes later.

Medjid took over the game from that point, scoring at the 5:52, 2:21 and 0:55 marks to tie the game and send it to overtime. In the sudden-victory extra period, Massapequa (0-2) had a chance to win the game but was denied by a close-range save from Trojans goalie Kaitlyn Larsson.

“I hugged the pipe, she shot it high, I went high and was able to come up with the save,” Larsson said. “This comeback really showed a lot about our team.”

Alexa Gentile had three goals and two assists and Jackie Gatti added two goals for Massapequa.

Garden City also trailed early, after Massapequa scored the first three goals of the game and took a 4-1 lead with a little over five minutes left in the first half. The Trojans finished the half on a 4-1 run, capped by Jackie Brattan’s goal with 1:39 left.

“We were able to fight back twice,” Chapman said. “They just showed the desire that they have. They played with heart and that says a lot about a team.”

Said Medjid: “We know that we are Garden City and we always fight until the end no matter what.”


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