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Sarah Kaval’s three goals help Garden City advance to Nassau final

Just enough daylight for a beautiful corner shot

Just enough daylight for a beautiful corner shot for a goal by Garden City's Sarah Kaval during the Nassau Class B girls lacrosse semifinals, where Garden City defeated Calhoun at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York on May 22, 2017. Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

The Garden City girls lacrosse team doesn’t waste time on offense.

Against No. 4 Calhoun in Monday’s Nassau B semifinal at Adelphi’s Motamed Field, the Trojans turned a one-goal lead into a 10-goal lead in just 14 minutes at the end of the first half. The top-seeded Trojans won, 17-3, thanks to a 13-0 run featuring three goals from Sarah Kaval.

Garden City will play No. 2 Long Beach on May 31 at 4 p.m. at Motamed Field in the county final.

Garden City put constant pressure on Calhoun’s defense, outshooting the Colts, 27-7.

“I think it speaks to our teamwork and how we work the ball around very well,” said Caitlin Cook, who had two assists and helped Garden City win 14 of 22 draws. “And it speaks to our defense being able to stop the ball and give our offense another opportunity.”

Several players pitched in for the Trojans. Jackie Brattan, Mary Kate Dolan, Liana McDonnell and Miller Overbeck each had two goals. Sarah Mackey had two assists, and Jenn Medjid had a goal and three assists.

The defense was exceptional at putting pressure on the Colts offense. Cook and Kelly George, who had two goals and two assists, credited Deanna Weisenburger, Devon Heaney, Katherine Galzerano and Catherine Conway, as well as the team’s midfielders, for allowing Garden City to dominate possession.

“The defense, they were amazing today,” George said. They really stepped up with high pressure.”

After graduating 17 seniors from last season’s state championship team, the Trojans didn’t go into this season with any uncertainty. George said winter training helped the team find its identity, and April 7’s 13-4 over St. Anthony’s helped prove they could handle elite competition.

Garden City (16-1) also bested Long Beach this season in a 13-5 win on April 19. Cook said that she’s prepared for a closer game given the growth of both teams over the course of the past month.

“I think we just have to realize they’re a much stronger team than the first time we played them, but we also are too,” she said. “It’s going to be a good game.”

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