A new classification meant new opportunities for the Mattituck/Southold girls lacrosse team, and that fresh chapter now includes a Long Island championship and a state semifinal appearance.
The Tuckers moved from Class C to the newly formed Class D this season, and their first season in new surroundings will continue after Sunday’s 15-5 win over Carle Place at Adelphi. It was the first Long Island title in program history. The Hoeg sisters led the way, as freshman Mackenzie had three goals and four assists, all in the first half, and sophomore Riley totaled three goals and one assist.
“Moving down a division, we definitely were expected to get to the higher level,” Francesca Vasile-Cozzo said. “I think that working our way up there and showing people that we could do it really helped.”
Mackenzie Hoeg’s goal made it 1-0 59 seconds into the game, and the Tuckers (13-4) built a 4-0 lead in the first 7:59. They headed to halftime with an 11-2 advantage after a seven-goal run. Chelsea Marlborough won seven of nine draw controls.
“We always talk about that, and we don’t want to dwell and let the other team get in there,” Mackenzie Hoeg said. “We want to finish it right from the beginning.”
Mattituck’s first trophy could be a sign of things to come with a large group of talented underclassmen.
“This is building our team bonding together because we have most of the girls that we’ll have next year, too,” Riley Hoeg said. “We have to keep working together, and we know that we’ll all work well together.”
The next stop on the journey will be the state championship at SUNY Cortland, where Mattituck will face Bronxville Friday at 2 p.m. in the semifinal.
“We just knew from the beginning we had to come up and play our best game and push no matter who we were playing,” Riley Hoeg said. “We had to get that lead and keep the momentum of the game going.”