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Samantha DeBellis scores seven goals as Cold Spring Harbor reaches state final

Cold Spring Harbor players celebrate following the game

Cold Spring Harbor players celebrate following the game against Bronxville during the NYSPHSAA Class C semifinal at SUNY Cortland on Friday, June 6, 2014. Credit: Rich Barnes

CORTLAND, N.Y. - Cold Spring Harbor already had accomplished its goal of "getting on the bus" to Cortland and making its first state girls lacrosse tournament.

After a dominant performance Friday, the Seahawks ensured their next long bus ride would have to wait another day.

Samantha DeBellis sored seven goals and added an assist and Haley Crosson made nine saves to lead Cold Spring Harbor to a 16-4 win over Bronxville (Westchester) in a Class C semifinal at SUNY Cortland.

"Making history really motivated us," Crosson said. "We really wanted to win this one [and] get the next one."

Said Seahawks coach Danielle Skakandi: "All season we talked about 'getting on the bus.' They worked their butt off. They definitely deserve to be here."

DeBellis, a sophomore, set the tone early for the Seahawks (14-5), following up on her seven-goal performance in Sunday's Long Island championship.

"We came out with intensity today," said DeBellis, who had six first-half goals to help the Seahawks take an 8-2 lead into the break.

"We were fired up. I couldn't have done it without my teammates," said DeBellis, who added that passing was the key on offense. All eight of the Seahawks' goals in the first half were assisted and six Seahawks finished the game with an assist.

Ashley Lynch, a sophomore who had three goals and two assists, said "ball movement, teamwork and passing, and moving the ball really quickly" made the difference.

Said Skakandi: "When you move the ball, good things happen They definitely did that today. They were very unselfish. That's what you want to see and that's when you realize this team became a family."

At the other end of the field, Crosson prevented Bronxville (12-8-2) from getting back in the game. "She stepped up huge," Skakandi said.

While the Seahawks celebrated their first trip to the state finals, they already had an eye on Skaneateles, which they will meet in Saturday's title game at noon.

"We were excited," Crosson said, "but we're saying 'next day. Less than 24 hours. We're ready to make history.'"

Cold Spring Harbor's new goal is to get back on the bus . . . with a trophy.

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