Recapping the week of May 13-19 in Long Island girls lacrosse, starting with program history for Holy Trinity and finishing with other playoff notables. All information is current as of Monday, May 20, at noon.
State championship for Holy Trinity
When Dave Kotowski took over Holy Trinity in 2016, the program was coming off a two-win season. In his first year, the Titans won just two games again, and his plan was to change the culture.
Fast forward to 2019. In just three seasons’ time, Holy Trinity (14-4) became a CHSAA Class A power, earning the CHSAA state Class A championship with an 8-4 win over Kennedy Catholic on Sunday. Winning the game at home made it even better, Kotowski said.
The Titans held a 6-1 lead at halftime, allowing Kotowski the opportunity to get his seniors time.
“One of the things I did was, I wanted to make sure every senior was on the field at the end of the game,” he said. “Once we got up, I emptied the bench.”
Molly Espey scored five times and sophomore goalkeeper Aleena Jacob made 11 saves. Maggie Long, a freshman who was named CHSAA Class A MVP after defeating St. Dominic on Thursday, had a goal and three assists.
Kotowski said he found out Holy Trinity would host the state tournament prior to the season.
“When we found out we were hosting the state championships, I told the girls that we’re going to be playing in that state championship game,” he said. “I told them that from the beginning.
“They told me yesterday, ‘We didn’t believe you.'"
Perhaps there was little reason to believe in the program a few years ago. Not anymore.
-- Katie Poretsky’s goal with five seconds remaining led Long Island Lutheran to a 13-12 win over Portledge in the PSAA championship game. LuHi trailed 8-5 at halftime.
-- Leah Bestany scored the winner with 2:13 left in the second overtime as No. 10 Bethpage defeated No. 7 Seaford, 6-5, in the first round of the Nassau Class C playoffs. Jordan Prechtel (12 saves) stopped a free-position attempt with 2:42 left in regulation.
-- Taylor Mennella scored the winner with 1:31 left in No. 6 Smithtown West’s 10-9 win over No. 11 Sachem North in the first round of the Suffolk Class A playoffs. Lauren Coletti tied the score at 9 off an assist from Regan Kielmeyer with 2:31 remaining.
-- Jaden Hampel assisted Maggie Davidson with seven seconds remaining as No. 3 West Islip defeated No. 6 East Islip, 10-9, in a Suffolk Class B quarterfinal. Lindsay Guzzetta had tied the game at 9 for East Islip with 27 seconds left.
-- Alyssa Perez had seven goal and one assist as No. 2 St. Dominic beat No. 3 Our Lady of Mercy, 12-9, in a CHSAA Class A semifinal.
-- Ella Delmond had seven goals and two assists as No. 3 South Side defeated No. 6 Hewlett, 16-10, in a Nassau Class B quarterfinal. Jillian Schumacher made 13 saves.
-- No. 2 Sacred Heart defeated No. 3 Kellenberg in a CHSAA Class AA/AAA semifinal, 12-8, behind Arden Tierney’s six goals and nine draw controls. Tierney reached 200 varsity goals and 300 varsity points in the game.
-- Riley Boone made 16 saves as No. 8 Bay Shore earned an 8-7 win over No. 9 Sachem East in the opening round of the Suffolk Class A playoffs.
-- Sarah Sheridan made nine saves as No. 4 Shoreham-Wading River defeated No. 5 Sayville, 9-7, in a Suffolk Class C quarterfinal.
This week’s playoff schedule
Nassau Class D semifinals (at Adelphi’s Motamed Field)
(3) Wheatley vs. (2) Oyster Bay, 4 p.m.
Suffolk Class A quarterfinals
(8) Bay Shore at (1) Middle Country, 4 p.m.
(7) Commack at (2) Northport, 4:30 p.m.
(6) Smithtown West at (3) Ward Melville, 4 p.m.
(5) Smithtown East at (4) Riverhead, 4 p.m.
CHSAA Class AAA championship
(1) St. Anthony’s vs. (2) Sacred Heart, Mitchel Athletic Complex, 7 p.m.
Nassau Class A semifinals (at Adelphi’s Motamed Field)
(4) Farmingdale vs. (1) Syosset, 4 p.m.
(3) Port Washington vs. (2) Massapequa, 6 p.m.
Nassau Class B semifinals (at Adelphi’s Motamed Field)
(4) Long Beach vs. (1) Manhasset, 4 p.m.
(3) South Side vs. (2) Garden City, 6 p.m.
Suffolk Class B semifinals
(4) Harborfields at (1) Eastport-South Manor, 4 p.m.
(3) West Islip at (2) West Babylon, 4 p.m.
Suffolk Class C semifinals
(4) Shoreham-Wading River at (1) Mount Sinai, 4 p.m.
(3) Westhampton at (2) Bayport-Blue Point, 4 p.m.
Suffolk Class D semifinals
(3) Port Jefferson at (2) Babylon), 4 p.m.
Nassau Class C semifinals (at Adelphi’s Motamed Field)
(4) Locust Valley vs. (1) Cold Spring Harbor, 4 p.m.
(3) North Shore vs. (2) Wantagh, 6 p.m.
Suffolk Class A semifinals (at higher seeds)
(8) Bay Shore-(1) Middle Country winner vs. (5) Smithtown East-(4) Riverhead winner, 4 p.m.
(7) Commack-(2) Northport winner vs. (6) Smithtown West-(3) Ward Melville winner, 4 p.m.
Newsday’s Top 10
1. St. Anthony’s (16-1)
2. Manhasset (13-2)
3. Cold Spring Harbor (14-2)
4. Eastport-South Manor (14-1)
5. Northport (15-1)
6. Bayport-Blue Point (13-2)
7. Mount Sinai (14-2)
8. Garden City (11-5)
9. Middle Country (14-2)
10. Sacred Heart (12-5)
On the cusp (alphabetical): Mattituck/Southold, Syosset, Ward Melville, Westhampton, West Babylon