Psst! Are you ready for some stunning news? The Garden City girls lacrosse team is headed to the state tournament at SUNY-Cortland. In other startling developments – water left to freeze became ice.
Garden City booked another trip upstate after defeating Hauppauge, 13-7, on Saturday to capture a seventh consecutive Long Island Championship. The Trojans now seek a sixth straight Class B state title and will take on Section I champ Yorktown at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the semifinals.
The teams also met in the 2009 final, which the Trojans won, 12-7.
Garden City (19-0) is ranked second – behind McDonogh (Md.), a team they haven’t played – in the LaxPower and ESPN Rise national polls and is shooting for a second straight undefeated season. Thus far, they’ve outscored opponents 303-115.
The Trojans, coached by Diane Chapman, has a roster loaded with stars including senior captains and 2010 All-Americans Barbara Sullivan, Caroline Tarzian, Kelly Weis and Mikaela Rix.
“That’s Garden City lacrosse,” Sullivan said. “Our mindset is like, ‘We don’t want to lose; we won’t lose.’ That’s how we go about our business.”
Yorktown, ranked 18th by ESPN Rise, is formidable. The Huskers also knocked off previously undefeated Fox Lane, the team Garden City beat in the 2010 state final.
Yorktown graduated 15 seniors last year and has a first-year head coach, but they are 17-3 and coming off an 18-8 drubbing of Burnt Hills in the regionals.
Should the Trojans advance, they would face the winner of the Brighton vs. Oswego game on Saturday morning.
Garden City considers this playoff run special. It’s a last hoorah for a decorated group that has only known success. Six of the nine seniors have been on the team since freshman year and are pursuing a fourth state championship.
Tarzian, one of the six, expects her emotions to be charged this weekend.
“I cried last year,” the star attack said. “It was a great team and it was sad to see that end. This year is even going to be even sadder because I know I’m not coming back… It’s going to be our last one together and we have to make it count.”