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Sinacori sisters, Dottino lead LI Lutheran romp

Long Island Lutheran junior Nicole Sinacori carries the

Long Island Lutheran junior Nicole Sinacori carries the ball during a game against Staten Island Academy. (May 10, 2013) Credit: Steven Ryan

Nicole Sinacori just wasn't herself. On the field, she lacked her usual zip and zeal, and a few times, she checked out to be tended to on the sideline.

The Long Island Lutheran attack was dealing with leg cramps during Friday's game, and the effects were evident in her production.

Gee, she only could muster six goals and two assists. And her twin sister, Danielle, fatigued and feeling under the weather, managed only two goals and an assist.

Not bad, huh? But pardon us, the "Sina-score-I Girls," as they're called, have simply set the bar that high.

They, along with Carolyn Dottino, starred in leading LuHi to a 19-5 win over visiting Staten Island Academy in IPPSAL girls lacrosse.

Dottino had six goals and three assists for the Crusaders (10-6), who rebound from Wednesday's one-goal loss to rival Rye Country Day. Dottino and Nicole Sinacori each scored five goals in the first half.

"Our team is great in that whenever one of us is lacking, there's someone who will pick up the slack," Nicole Sinacori said. Lacking, of course, is quite relative, coming from the girl who leads Long Island with 117 points and 93 goals.

Danielle, the facilitator, has 74 points and is among the leaders with 33 assists -- several of which have gone to her sister.

"We have great chemistry throughout the team, but I do look for [Nicole] a lot and I always know where she is," Danielle said. "We have Twin-dar."

The game was delayed almost two hours because several Staten Island Academy players were taking the ACT exam until 4 p.m., and the team bus was later welcomed to Long Island by rush-hour traffic.

Entertaining themselves between warmups, the Crusaders danced and performed acrobatics. (Aside: Bridgette Dagher, Nani Redford and Lauren Posillico were the most impressive, according to consensus.)

Then the game started and it was all business as Dottino and Nicole Sinacori scored two quick goals. Samantha Avis' free-position score 6:20 in pulled the Tigers within 2-1, but that was as close as close as they got. Lutheran dominated the draw controls and held possession as they pulled away. Lauren Posillico scored to give them a 12-2 lead with 2:49 left in the first half.

"We have a good sense of where each other is on the field at all times," Dottino said of the offense's rhythm. "Sometimes we don't have to call a play; we'll give each other looks and know where to go."

Posillico had two goals and an assist, and Sam Horton and Franki Filandro each made two saves for Lutheran.

The Crusaders, with an insurmountable lead, went into their stall offense with about 10 minutes remaining.

"It's important that we were in control late and just focused on passing," said midfielder Macy McNair, who had five groundballs. "As fun as it is to score, it was big to see the girls be selfless enough to be in front of the net and not take the shot."

Avis and Deanna Lambiasi each scored twice, and Deidre O'Hara made 16 saves for Staten Island Academy (7-4).

"Coming off that loss -- being so close -- was tough, but it's good to play a complete game like this and bounce back," Giovanna Caponi said. Even she, a defender, got in on the scoring with a second-half goal. "We got things back on track."

Even if they were "lacking."

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