The Bayport-Blue Point girls lacrosse team is looking to make program history for the second straight season. Wednesday evening completed step one of that journey.
The Phantoms won their first girls lacrosse Long Island championship in program history last season but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was no state championship to follow. If Bayport-Blue Point can complete the same victory this spring, it means its first trip to the state semifinals.
But first came the county final — and the Phantoms knew that was no guaranteed victory. But top-seeded Bayport-Blue Point defeated No. 3 Shoreham-Wading River, 10-6, to win the Suffolk Class C championship at Newfield High School Wednesday evening.
“It’s good but this is not the end goal,” said Felicia Giglio, who made seven saves. “We knew this was going to be a test but we want to take it to the next step and take it all the way.”
Bayport-Blue Point (16-2) plays the Nassau Class C champion in the Long Island Class C championship/Southeast Regional Final at Stony Brook University June 5 at 4 p.m.
Coach Ryan Gick knew his team couldn’t look past Shoreham-Wading River and onto their next opponent though.
“Watching film on them, I was concerned,” Gick said. “They are dangerous. So a little adjustments here and there for the kids and they did a good job with it. Some of the best players around are on that team and we did a good job with them.”
Shoreham-Wading River (11-5) took an early 2-1 lead but Bayport-Blue Point never trailed after Mikaela Mooney scored to give the Phantoms a 3-2 lead with 11:58 remaining in the first half.
Mooney finished with four goals.
“It’s cool but it’s all thanks to the team around me,” Mooney said. “That’s who got me the goals.”
Gick admitted he saw some nervous energy out of Mooney before the contest and wasn’t sure how that would translate on the field. But once the game started, Mooney proved she was ready.
“She had composure,” Gick said. “She found the back of the net and she was a great player for us today. I’m so proud of her.”
Catherine Erb had three goals and an assist and GraceAnn Leonard had two goals for Shoreham-Wading River, which brought the score to within 6-4 with 15:51 left in the second half. But the Phantoms answered with three straight goals, taking a 9-4 advantage with 8:20 left in the contest.
Bayport-Blue Point knows whoever it sees in the Long Island Class C championship will be no easy matchup. But the Phantoms continue to keep an eye on history — hoping to bring their school another “first.”
“It’s never happened before for our school,” Giglio said. “We made history last year but we want to do it again.”