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Reznicks make the difference in helping Long Beach to county final

Long Beach's goalie Sarah Reznick works ball away

Long Beach's goalie Sarah Reznick works ball away from net during the Nassau Class B girls lacrosse semifinals where Long Beach defeated Manhasset at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York on May 22, 2017. Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

One plays attack and one plays goalie, and both play integral roles for the Long Beach girls lacrosse team.

The Reznicks — Sarah, a junior star in net, and Maggie, a freshman weapon on offense — were constants against No. 3 Manhasset in a Nassau Class B semifinal Monday night at Adelphi’s Motamed Field.

Sarah made 13 saves and Maggie had four goals, including three straight at the start of a game-changing 5-0 run, leading the second-seeded Marines to an 11-8 win and the first county final berth in program history.

Long Beach will play Garden City for the county championship at 4 p.m. on May 31 p.m. at Adelphi.

“I said it from the beginning of the year that this was our goal, and I knew that I needed to step up this game,” said Sarah Reznick, who made eye-popping saves throughout.

Manhasset (9-6) scored 29 seconds into the second half when Shea Garcia (four goals) finished a quick feed from Sarah Weppler, giving the Indians a 6-5 lead.

That margin lasted only 1:27. In a span of less than two minutes, Maggie Reznick and Lexie Correia (two goals, three assists) teamed up for three straight, completely altering the course of the game.

Maggie Reznick positioned herself three times at the right corner of the crease and Correia found her for a skip shot each time.

“She was kind of quiet in the middle of the season, but she showed up the bigger the game got,” coach Rachel Ray said of the young attacker.

Siobhan Rafferty and Hannah Lewis capped the 5-0 spurt and the result was a 10-6 lead for Long Beach (12-5).

Madison Miller made sure Manhasset didn’t go down easily, scoring twice in a row and cutting Long Beach’s lead to 10-8 with seven minutes left. But Long Beach successfully turned a save by Sarah Reznick into a long possession, chewing enough clock to ensure the program’s first final.

“We respect every opponent we play and we knew they weren’t going to lay down,” Ray said.

The presence of both Reznicks — each halting Manhasset’s bid to advance in their own way — aided a team with talented four-year starters in Rafferty and Katie Whelan (one goal, two assists).

“That was an incredible game,” Maggie Reznick said. “I just didn’t want the season to end. The seniors here are the best we’ve ever had. This is our year. We deserve this.”

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