Rocky Point's lefty goalie kept flicking away point-blank shot after shot in the second half, making the Eagles seem tough to beat, even a man down. But with 33 seconds left in overtime, Comsewogue's Rachel Markowitz spotted her target.
"Right, down low," she said. "It's about placement with a lefty goalie . . . but to be honest, it was all instinct."
Comsewogue regrouped from a late-game Rocky Point rally and then came back from a deficit of its own, scoring twice in the second overtime period to win, 13-12, Saturday in Suffolk Division II. Back-to-back goals by Markowitz and Taylor Fischer (2:05) won it for the Warriors, who had given up three straight goals to a surging, if undermanned Rocky Point.
The Warriors (6-8) now hold a slim chance at the playoffs, needing to rank higher than Miller Place (7-7) to clinch the last spot. Final power rankings for Suffolk will be released Monday, with the top eight Class B teams getting to play another day.
"We've never beaten Rocky Point as long I've been here, so at least four years," said senior Madelena Gatto, who assisted on both overtime goals. "And this may just be the last time all of us play together, so even if we don't make the playoffs, it's an accomplishment."
Comsewogue led 6-5 at the half, but three straight goals by Alex Darcey and Ashley Faulhaber (two) gave Rocky Point a two-score advantage with 14:39 left in regulation. Fischer's bouncer off a feed from Stefani Vagelatos drew the Warriors to within 9-8 before things fell apart for the Eagles, who lost two players (one permanently) on a red card with 7:03 left.
The Warriors scored the next three goals with a two-player advantage, with the third, a free-position score, coming as Rocky Point lost its third player with 5:56 to go. Despite being two goals down and three players out for 53 seconds, the Eagles regrouped on Alyssa Guido's free-position goal with 3:01 to go. A charge call against Comsewogue gave Rocky Point the ball with 1:26 to go, and Darcey cashed in, scoring on an assist from Kristine Loscalzo to send it to OT.
"They were down a player but they had the momentum," Comsewogue coach John Farmer said. Gatto had a more gut reaction: "Oh my God, I was an emotional wreck," she said. "I knew they were coming back."
As it turns out, the Eagles (8-7) weren't done, and neither was Guido, who picked up a pass from Faulhaber (five goals, one assist) and blasted it past goalie Kim Bolk's weak-side for the one-goal lead with 1.5 seconds left in the first overtime period. It was a rare miss for Bolk, who made big saves with about 10 seconds left in regulation and with 1:20 left in the first overtime to keep Comsewogue in the game. Both she and Rocky Point goalie Shannon Abernethy were excellent in the latter half of the game, with Abernethy making eight of her 10 saves in the second half and OT.
"I don't remember much," said Bolk, who made nine saves. "All I know is that the ball was coming at me and I had to save it. I just can't describe the happiness I'm feeling. I'm speechless."