Good morning lacrosse enthusiasts! I'm Chris Mascaro and we're here at the Dowling Sports Complex in Shirley for the Long Island Class A championship between Bay Shore (16-3) and four-time defending champion Farmingdale (12-4).
This is the first game of today's tripleheader. Rocky Point and Garden City will play for the Class B title at 2:30 p.m., and Shoreham-Wading River matches up with Manhasset at 5 p.m. The three victors will head up to SUNY Cortland next weekend for the state semifinals. For more on all three game, click here.
Back to the opener, Bay Shore comes into the game as a Cinderella story, having knocked off No. 2 West Islip and No. 1 Northport in a pair of one-goal games on the way to its first Suffolk title since 2005 (also the last year they won an L.I.C.). The Marauders, who came into the week as the No. 7 team in our Long Island rankings, are led by Alyssa Leonard (53 goals, 16 assists), Shelby Vaccaro (49, 18) and Caroline deLyra (40, 32). Katie Lawlor is solid in net with 169 saves, and Marissa O'Meally, pictured with Leonard, leads the defense.
Bay Shore, coached by Allison and John Pfeffer, has won eight straight games. The have one common opponent with Farmingdale — Wantagh, which lost 12-10 to Bay Shore on April 24, and beat Farmingdale 23-14 four days later.
Farmingdale, ranked No. 10 on Long Island, has outscored its two playoff opponents — Port Washington and Massapequa — 36-13. The Dalers, coached by Shari Campbell, are led by Melanie Raso (58, 30), Jamie Leone (43, 18) and Alyssa Cardillo (29, 39). Their goalie, Alex Gurecki, has made 125 saves on the year.
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**UPDATE (18:00 left in the first half)**: We're all tied up at 2 in the early going. Bay Shore scored the first two goals of the game, as Leonard notched the first 35 seconds in on an assist from Kyra Harney, and then deLyra's free-position at the 22:53 mark made it 2-0.
Krislyn Engelke's bounce shot from Cardillo made it a one-goal game, and then Raso scored off the draw to tie it up.
**UPDATE (17:48)**: Leone appeared to give Farmingdale a 3-2 lead on a free-position goal, but the Bay Shore coaches called for a stick check, and the referees ruled her stick was illegal. The goal was waved off and Leone was given a yellow card.
**UPDATE (8:13)**: The Marauders lead 5-3. How? Leonard's second goal of the afternoon off a free position made it 3-2, then Maegan Meritz tied it, as she swiped in a rebound that dribbled into the net. Bay Shore scored the next two — Vaccaro on an assist from Leonard on a free position, and Leonard on an assist from eighth-grader Carly Cox.
**UPDATE (halftime)**: Goals by Kimberly Kolodny (on an assist from Cardillo with 7:41 to go in the half), Raso (on a low shot with 1:24 left) and Kyra Ochwat (with 32.8 seconds left on an assist from Raso) have given Farmingdale a 6-5 lead at the break.
Here are the halftime stats...
Draw controls: Bay Shore 7, Farmingdale 5
Raso: 2 goals, 1 assist
Engelke, Meritz, Kolodny, Ochwat: 1 goal each
Cardillo: 2 assists
Leonard: 3 goals, 1 assist
deLyra, Vaccaro: 1 goal each
Harney: 1 assist
Cox: 1 assist
**UPDATE (15:32 left in the second half)**: Farmingdale opened the half with two goals to cap a 5-0 run. Ochwat scored her second on a bounce shot off a free position and then Kelly McPartland's sidearm whip with 19:31 made it 8-5.
But Bay Shore came back with two goals — Leonard's fourth of the game off a pass from Carly Cox, and Catherine Schmidt's goal off a feed from deLyra to make it a one-goal game at 8-7.
Leone's bounce shot put Farmingdale back up by two, 9-7, and that's where we stand.
**UPDATE (12:49 left in the game)**: Ochwat's third goal of the game with 13:21 to play matched Farmingdale's biggest lead of the day at 10-7 (Bay Shore asked for another stick check, but it was O.K.). But then deLyra scored her second goal on a free position to close the lead to 10-8.
**UPDATE (8:50 left in the game)**: Vaccaro's second goal of the game at the 11:07 mark closed the lead to 10-9, but Meritz and Raso scored 30 seconds apart to make it 12-9 Dalers.
**UPDATE (7:12 left in the game)**: Raso scored while falling/getting hit from behind, her fourth of the game, to make it 13-9 Farmingdale.
And that's the ballgame, as Farmingdale holds on to win its fifth straight Long Island title, 13-9, behind four goals and an assist from Raso and three goals from Ochwat.
Farmingdale will play Pittsford of Section V at 9:30 a.m. on Friday at SUNY Cortland in the state semifinals.