Lily Avazis was alone on the left side of the crease.
Ali Hoffman knew it. Port Washington coach Kaitlyn Carter knew it. Syosset certainly knew it.
Hoffman, lined up on the eight-meter line for a free position, made the smart pass and watched as Avazis did the rest.
Avazis faked high, shot low and scored the winning goal with two seconds left of the sudden victory third overtime, leading No. 3 Port Washington over No. 2 Syosset in a thrilling, rain-soaked 11-10 win in a Nassau Class A girls lacrosse semifinal Thursday night at Adelphi’s Motamed Field.
“I looked at Ali Hoffman passing me the ball, and I was so nervous,” Avazis said. “But I knew exactly what I was going to do.”
There was never a doubt in Carter’s mind that Hoffman, who had three goals and that winning assist, would make the right play.
“Ali’s such a smart player, I didn’t even have to tell her what to do,” Carter said. “I knew she was going to do it. I knew Lily was wide open, and I knew Ali saw it.”
It appeared as if Syosset would be the team advancing to June 1’s county final against Massapequa, as the Braves controlled nearly all three minutes in the first overtime.
Port Washington goalie Claudia Hanover made eight saves, none bigger than her stop on a Syosset free position with less than 20 seconds remaining in the first overtime.
Both teams had chances in the second overtime, but neither converted.
“They’re tough players, and they play aggressive,” Avazis said of Syosset. “I’ll give it to them; they played a great game.”
Syosset trailed 10-7 in the second half but scored three straight goals in the final 3:30, sending the game to overtime. Kendall Halpern and Katelyn Igneri both scored player-up goals, tying the score at 10.
Rachel Rosen had one goal and four assists, and her sister, Rebecca, had three goals for Port Washington (9-7). Taylyn Stadler had three goals and two assists for Syosset (10-5).
Said Hoffman, “This is probably on my Top 10 list of memories.”