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Sam DeBellis and Holly Logan help Cold Spring Harbor get offense cranking early in beating Hauppauge

Cold Spring Harbor attacker Samantha DeBellis is defended

Cold Spring Harbor attacker Samantha DeBellis is defended by Hauppauge defender Bridget Adams in a non-league girls lacrosse game on Monday, April 6, 2015, in Hauppauge. Credit: Steven Ryan

Pretty good is never good enough for the Cold Spring Harbor girls lacrosse team. No, they're looking for something a little more certain when the ball is in their offensive zone. If they hold on to the ball for more than four minutes at a time, they aren't so much stalling as they are looking for the perfect shot. It's not picky, it's precision.

Cold Spring Harbor found that perfection early and often during its 15-6 non-league win over Hauppauge Monday at Hauppauge High School. Sam DeBellis scored four times in the win. Holly Logan added three goals and two assists.

"We wanted to hold the ball and make the right shot," DeBellis said. "We didn't want to rush or force anything and turn the ball over."

Cold Spring Harbor (4-1) controlled the pace for the first 20 minutes of the first half, the ball firmly secure in their own offensive zone.

After a quick Hauppauge charge in the opening minutes, Logan took the ball down the length of the field and put a shot into the right corner of the net with 23:47 left in the first half, breaking the short-lived scoreless tie.

"Our defense had a really good stop," Logan said. "Normally, when we're trying to score, we look for numbers and see if we can 'fast break it' first. The fast break was there and I took it."

The goals didn't stop. DeBellis put Cold Spring Harbor ahead 2-0 with 22:47 left in the first. Logan scored again with 15:24 left. Kate Kotowski, Tara Atkinson (two goals, three assists), and Lindsey Willcocks (two goals) also had tallies in the opening 15 minutes.

After a DeBellis goal with 8:43 left in the first gave Cold Spring Harbor an 8-2 lead, Hauppauge awoke. Consecutive goals by Keri McCarthy and Casey Cummo cut the Cold Spring Harbor lead to 9-5 with 41.5 seconds left. Logan then knocked in her third goal with 24.4 seconds left before halftime, giving Cold Spring Harbor a 10-5 lead.

"It kept the momentum in our hands and got us ready for the second half," Logan said.

DeBellis netted two more in the first seven minutes of the second half, increasing the Cold Spring Harbor lead to 12-6. "We didn't want to let up today," DeBellis said. "We couldn't have done it without our midfielders moving the ball up the field."

Cold Spring Harbor allowed only one goal in the second half. Goalie Haley Crosson made eight saves.

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