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Manhasset girls lacrosse loses on late goal to Notre Dame Prep (Md.)

Manhasset's Emily Koufakis works against Notre Dame's Elizabeth

Manhasset's Emily Koufakis works against Notre Dame's Elizabeth Haus on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Julia Glynn knocked the ball loose along the sideline -- 24 seconds left -- and in raced Abby Kucharczyk, scooping the ground ball and outrunning the pursuit. She cut right to create space then fired a liner into the left corner.

Tied! The Indians bench and crowd erupted in delight, and disbelief, at what it had witnessed with 18 seconds to go.

But Notre Dame Prep (Md.) won the ensuing draw and found its top scorer. Georgia Tunney quickly maneuvered up the left side before Manhasset's defense could get set -- 10 seconds -- and the attack fired a laser from eight yards into the far corner.

Five seconds. Game over.

Just like that, in a few scintillating seconds, Manhasset went from euphoria to heartbreak. Notre Dame Prep dealt the Indians their first loss, 6-5, Thursday in girls lacrosse.

"I didn't know how much time was left, just that we had to move quickly, and I took advantage of the two-on-two," Kucharczyk said of her tying goal. But, Glynn said, "As exciting as it was when Abby tied it, this loss is extremely disappointing."

The Indians had beaten Notre Dame Prep, 15-4, last year in Maryland. Manhasset (4-1) entered ranked No. 15 in the country and Notre Dame 29th, though the Indians have insisted all along they "don't care about the rankings."

Glynn tied it at 4 with 4:14 remaining after Riley Garcia's interception, but Allison Shields scored for Notre Dame (8-3) a minute later. The Indians turned it over twice in the final minutes, but Glynn's check and Kucharczyk's goal negated that.

"We executed our ride and pressure out and then came down and scored, and you think you've got it," Manhasset coach Danielle Gallagher said of the frantic final seconds. "Maybe emotion gets the better of you there."

Glynn scored twice and Kathryn Hallet had a goal and an assist. Erin Coleman made 11 saves and was masterful, particularly in the first half with three stops on free positions, another on a breakaway, and an intercepted pass.

Manhasset had, to this point, dominated despite a rash of injuries to key offensive players. But on Thursday, the Indians cost themselves with turnovers and were stifled. The Blazers used a shifting backer zone with slides and rotations along the 8-meter arc and double-teamed inside.

"They came out aggressive and fired up," said Emily Koufakis, who forced two turnovers. "I think we could've done a better job of matching their intensity."

Garcia and Jacklyn D'Alleva each caused two turnovers, leading a defense that applied steady pressure and helped offset some of the offensive miscues.

"You learn something from every game, but especially a loss," D'Alleva said. "We have to use this as motivation . . . Sometimes you have to take a step back before you take two steps forward."

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