Sacred Heart coach Morgan Molinari after her team beat Shoreham-Wading River, 18-6, in the first contest of the three-game tournament.
On the win: “It was a big win for the girls. They played really hard and it was an up-and-down game. We thought the teams were evenly-matched, so we're glad we came out on top. It's a big win for the Catholic League.”
SWR's three-goal run to come back from down 18-13 in the final minutes: “It's a testament to Shoreham's program. They're a great team and it tells us we can never take anything for granted. Thankfully, our girls were able to hold on and close it out.”
Five wins in a row: “We finish up our league schedule this week. We have Mercy, Kellenberg and then St. Anthony's [to finish the regular season]. The win streak gives us confidence and some good momentum. The team is really upbeat. We came out a little slow today, but we finished strong.”
On Kristen Brent's performance: “She's really stepping up. She's blossomed into the player she can be. Finishing her season strong is going to give her momentum going into next year when she plays at Penn State. Hopefully she can carry that on into her collegiate career.”
Wantagh beat Mt. Sinai, 15-11, in the second game. (You can read more about that here.)
On being named game MVP: “It’s great to be recognized, but it’s really a team effort. The assists were coming from everybody and I’m trying to look for people, too. It shows teamwork.”
On being just the second team to score more than 10 goals against Mt. Sinai’s tough defense: “We really looked to settle it down on offense, get better with our passing and be more [efficient]. This past week we were working on it; playing like that in practice.”
On the team being 12-2: It’s great to see our hard work paying off. Not a lot of people see us as one of the top runners, but we’re showing that we are meant to be up there and we shouldn’t be taken for granted.
On her five-goal game: “Coming into Suffolk county, we wanted to make a statement and we did well. Everyone was moving the ball a lot; we had a great passing game. We’re happy.
The Warriors’ offense: “Our team isn’t about one person. Everybody scores – you’ll see six, seven people scoring. We all want to have a part in the team so we share the ball. A lot of my goals are off of assists.”
Undaunted: “We’re just as good as anyone and, like April said, we’re not to be taken for granted. We want to show everyone that.”
Wantagh head coach Bobbi Calavitto…
On the win: “It was great to see the team play together. It’s nice playing Suffolk teams because it’s always a different look.” [Question: Was it a little more physical than you’re used to?] “Yes. That’s something for them to get used to, but they played through it and they played hard.”
Garden City defeated Northport 17-7 in the ultra-hyped third game
Mikaela Rix: “We prepared a lot for this game and it’s good to come out with the win. They’ve been a rival and we’ve never beaten them before… They’re a great team so it’s fulfilling to win.”
Kelly Weis: “We won’t be talking any trash. We like them, they’re a great team and we’re friends. I mean, we’re better, but, we love those guys.”
Barbara Sullivan had a game and career-high five goals and was named game MVP: “It’s awesome. There are a lot of great, strong teams out here, but Garden City lacrosse, we want to be the best.”
On the five goals: “I don’t know. They locked up Mikaela and Caroline [Tarzian], who are our best scorers… I just got the ball and scored.”
On matching up with Shannon Gilroy: “We’re very friendly. She’s on the U.S. team with me, she’s played on the Yellow Jackets. Her and Cortney [Fortunato], I’ve been playing with them forever, and coach [Carol] Rose.”
Diane Chapman: “Northport is very strong, well-coached and skilled. To beat a team like that is great. I thought our girls played an outstanding game. We were able to pick apart their zone in the beginning then they tried to match up [girl-to-girl] against the big guns, then all our players, who may not be seniors, were fantastic and got the job done.”
Holding Northport to seven goals: "The defense played great. Kelly [Weis] played well once again, but the defense was tremendous. When you have players like [Shannon] Gilroy and [Cortney] Fortunato, our goal was obviously to stop them, but they have other great players. We executed everything we worked on.. You’re not going to hold their big two scoreless, but you try to keep them in check as best as you possibly can.”
On Barbara Sullivan: “She’s just an outstanding athlete. She’s known for her defense, but tonight she proved that she’s also capable on offense. Against a team of this caliber, to be able to score five goals shows what an athlete she is.”
Momentum: “It helps to have momentum going now because we’ve got Wantagh next. Hopefully the way we’ve played the last couple games, it’ll keep rolling.”