Talk about peaking at the right time.
Coming off last Monday's upset of Farmingdale, one had to wonder: Will the Manhasset girls lacrosse team gain momentum from this? If so, how far does it go? Answer key: (1) Yes. (2) Far enough.
The Indians capped their regular season last Wednesday with a 13-9 victory over rival Garden City -- their first since 2009. And it wasn't that Garden City played poorly; most striking was Manhasset's exceptional execution, particularly on defense.
"It gives the kids a lot of confidence going into the playoffs," Indians coach Danielle Gallagher said. "We're going to see Garden City or Wantagh in one of the rounds, so we've got to keep playing at this level."
Julia Glynn scored five goals and Halle Majorana had three assists to lead Manhasset (12-4). Natalie Stefan, Charlotte Avallone and Linsey Ronbeck each added two goals, and Kelsey Quackenbush made 14 saves.
"I don't think it was just my goals that did it, it was an all-around team effort. It started with the defense, all the way up, and I was able to get some open looks," said Glynn, who was in seventh grade the last time Manhasset won this matchup. Garden City knocked them out in last year's Nassau Class B final as well. "I know it's a big rivalry," she said, "so we came into this really wanting to win."
Alexandra Bruno had four goals and an assist for Garden City. Catherine McTiernan and Jenna Fuchs each scored twice, and Megan McDonald made seven saves.
The Indians took control early, going ahead 3-0 before McTiernan's goal on a free position in the first half. The Indians were up 6-3 at halftime, and led 9-4 with 13:24 left. The Trojans closed to within 10-8 in the final minutes, but Manhasset scored insurance goals to win it.
Manhasset, Garden City and Wantagh each finished 8-1 in Conference II. (Wantagh beat Manhasset; Garden City beat Wantagh; Manhasset beat Garden City.) The Trojans, by way of a tiebreaker, were awarded the No. 1 seed entering the playoffs. Second-seeded Manhasset will host No. 15 Herricks at 5 p.m. tomorrow in the first round.
"This week has been a roller coaster," said Majorana, whose team rebound from last Saturday's loss to Summit (N.J.). "We told each other at Sunday practice the losing has to stop. We were angry and wanted to take it out on the next team. We were so excited after beating Farmingdale we didn't want that feeling to go away."