Here was Farmingdale, the seven-time defending county champs, locked in a back-and-forth with a feisty fourth seed in the Nassau Class A semifinals.
The Dalers struggled to win the draws; couldn’t slow Syosset’s transition offense, and didn’t do much with their own scoring opportunities. In fact, Farmingdale trailed twice in the first half.
OK, but that's about as far as the suspense went before something clicked for the Dalers.
“We plan to go as far as possible so it couldn’t end for us here,” midfielder Nadine Hadnagy said. "As a senior, I couldn’t go out like this. We can’t lose in the semis.”
Hadnagy took control of the offense, scoring three of her five goals in the second half and dishing four assists to lead No. 1 Farmingdale in a 11-6 girls lacrosse win over Syosset yesterday at Adelphi.
The Dalers (12-3) will face Massapequa in the final on May 29.
After Jackie Cuddy tied it at 4 for Syosset 12 seconds into the second half – with another fast break off the draw – Amanda Turturro scored to put Farmingdale up for good with 21:43 left. Brenna Weill’s free-position goal, from about 7 yards left, created a cushion at 17:49.
Turturro had three goals and Tara Wahl scored twice for Farmingdale. Olivia Kirk made six of her 11 saves in the first half, a few of which came on breakaways and close-range shots.
The Dalers’ offense was met with similar resistance early on as Syosset goalie Kim Presuto matched her counterpart with six first-half saves under considerable pressure. She finished with 12 saves.
Farmingdale overcame the Braves’ uptempo offense by playing keep-away, thanks in large part to Emily Marlow dominating the draw controls after intermission.
“She’s done a great job,” Hadnagy said of Marlow. The 5-10 midfielder has become the Dalers’ draw specialist since Hagnagy suffered a right hand injury two weeks ago. “She’s so tall that she’s able to draw it to herself and she’s come up big when we needed it.”
Connor Bird and Delaney O’Keefe each scored twice for Syosset (9-7), a burgeoning program that reached the semifinals a year after being bumped in the first round.
Defensively, Farmingdale “switched it up a lot, going from playing eight to backer,” defender Samantha Bresica said. That strategy helped hold the Braves scoreless for 22 minutes in the second half as Farmingdale pulled away.
Hadnagy’s fifth goal – a laser that went top shelf from 5 yards – made it 11-4 with 7:10 remaining.
“There was never any panic in us,” Hadnagy said. “We’ve been a second-half team, so we don’t lose confidence when we start off slow. It took the seniors coming together and we just had to start doing what we’re capable of.”
Translation: Playing like seven-time defending county champions.