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Live from Hofstra, Nassau Class A final: No. 1 Farmingdale vs. No. 2 Massapequa

Division I-bound senior Melanie Raso helps lead a

Division I-bound senior Melanie Raso helps lead a lightning-quick Farmingdale. (File photo, 2009) Credit: Frank Koester

Good afternoon lacrosse fans! I'm Chris Mascaro and we're here live at Hofstra's James M. Shuart Stadium for the Nassau Class A final between top-seeded Farmingdale (11-4) and No. 2 Massapequa (7-9).

Farmingdale, the No. 10 team in our Long Island rankings, has won the last four Class A titles (all over Massapequa) and eight of the last nine.

The Dalers, coached by Shari Campbell, are led by midfielder Melanie Raso (pictured), who scored 56 goals with 29 assists this season. They also have 30-goal scorers Jamie Leone (40), Kelly McPartland (38),and Kyra Ochwat (30), who team up nicely with Alyssa Cardillo (28 goals, 37 assists). Alex Gurecki has made 114 saves.

On April 6, Farmingdale got six goals and one assist from Raso in a 16-5 win at Massapequa. They advanced to today's final with a 20-8 win over No. 5 Port Washington in last Tuesday's semifinal.

The Chiefs, coached by Megan Zimmer, are led by Kelsey O'Brien (42 goals, seven assists) and Danielle Doherty (40 goals, 11 assists). Maddie Pimental also racked up 25 goals and 19 assists on the season.

Massapequa advanced to the final with a 12-7 win over No. 6 Baldwin in last Tuesday's semifinal. It snapped the team's three-game losing streak.

*The start of the game is being delayed 30 minutes because the referees heard thunder.

**(4:05 p.m.): Another 30 minutes was put on the clock because of lightning in the area. It's raining lightly, but the sky is beginning to clear.

***(4:45 p.m.): The teams are on the field warming up. We should be under way in about 10 minutes.

-Okay, so we're finally underway here at Hofstra. Farmingdale opened the scoring 1:22 in on a score from Krisyln Engelke assisted by Cardillo. Farmingdale leads 1-0.

-We're nearing the midway point of the first half — 12:57 to be exact — and the Dalers hold a 5-1 lead. Leone put Farmingdale ahead 4-0 on her second goal of the game off an assist from Raso. Then, after Pimental put Massapequa on the board, Maegan Meritz scored to make it 5-1.

-This one's a blowout, as Farmingdale leads 12-2 at the half. Leone scored her third goal of the game 2:02 before intermission, enacting the 10-goal mercy rule, which allows the clock to continue to run even after goals.

Meritz has two goals and one assist, Kimberly Kolodny scored two goals, and Cardillo added a goal and two assists for the Dalers in the first half.

Guess what everybody? More weather delays. Yup, 30 minutes were put on the clock during intermission because of thunder and then 30 more were tacked on midway through that delay for yet more thunder. So at 6:45 p.m., we're about seven minutes from the start of the second half.

-The second half has breezed by thanks in large part to the running clock. Farmingdale leads 14-4 with 7:30 to play. Meritz and Engelke have the Dalers' second-half goals, while O'Brien and Jacqueline Kennedy have scored for Massapequa.

-And that's the end of the game, as Farmingdale earns a 16-5 win over Massapequa to capture it's fifth straight Nassau Class A title and eighth in the last nine years.

Farmingdale will play the winner of Northport and Bay Shore for the Long Island championship at noon on Sunday at the Dowling Sports Complex. The Dalers have won four straight Long Island Class A titles.

Today's score was identical to the regular season meeting between these two teams on April 6.

Maegan Meritz, Kim Kolodny and Jamie Leone each scored three goals for Farmingdale (12-4), while Alex Gurecki made 11 saves. Kelsey O'Brien scored two goals for the Chiefs, who finish the season 7-10.

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