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Katie Muldoon’s goal in overtime lifts Garden City

Garden City's Michaela Bruno, right and Manhasset's Oliva

Garden City's Michaela Bruno, right and Manhasset's Oliva Dooley during the 129th Woodstick Classic Game held at Garden City High School, Garden City, on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Photo Credit: Richard T. Slattery

For the third straight year, the Woodstick Classic girls lacrosse game was decided by one goal.

But this was the first time in that stretch that Garden City came out on top.

Katie Muldoon, a senior who experienced the defeats in 2014 and 2015, scored 1:37 into overtime to lead the host Trojans to a 9-8 win over Nassau I foe Manhasset Saturday.

“Last year we had a tough loss in overtime,” she said. “This year we wanted it to go our way and we were going to get it done. When it came to overtime, we knew that we could dig deep down and get the victory this year.”

Garden City (5-1) trailed 8-6 after Manhasset’s Erin Barry (two goals) scored with 2:21 left, but Nicole Leto scooped up a groundball after the Indians gained possession on the ensuing draw control and Jenn Medjid scored with 1:02 remaining.

Garden City’s Brooke McDaid won the following draw control. Manhasset’s zone defense forced the Trojans to probe and use clock, but Michaela Bruno found an opening. Her goal with 10.3 seconds left tied the score at 8-8 and forced overtime.

“When I got the ball and we only had 10 seconds left, I knew that I had to take it and it had to be a good shot,” Bruno said.

In the overtime, Manhasset (5-1) did not have an opportunity near the net. Garden City controlled possession, and Bruno saw an opening for Muldoon.

“We were just moving the ball and trying to get a good shot off, making sure we were staying smart,” Bruno said. “I was originally just going to take, but I saw Katie open on the wing. She was wide open and I just passed her the ball and she put it in the bottom corner.”

Manhasset jumped out to a 3-1 lead 18 minutes into the first half, thanks to three goals by Madison Rielly. She did not score again. Garden City finished the half on a 3-0 run, with goals from Kerry Defliese, Jackie Brattan and McDaid.

Manhasset’s Shea Garcia evened the score 4:12 into the second half, and Garden City did not lead again until Muldoon’s winner.

“The girls just really played with heart,” Garden City coach Diane Chapman said. “They were determined to win this game.”

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