Got up early Friday to drive to Niagara University, a mile from the Canadian border, to watch Long Island’s scholastic women’s lacrosse team. The defending gold medalists looked impressive in knocking off Adirondack, 17-5.
The game was delayed a half-hour by lightning and ended 10 minutes early for the same reason. The victory clinched a spot in Sunday’s gold-medal game for the unbeaten L.I. girls.
While Mikaela Rix of Garden City has been the team’s best player in the tournament – she scored two goals yesterday to give her nine in the first three games – it was the youngest player on the team, Cortney Fortunato, a rising sophomore at Northport, who stole the show.
Fortunato scored three goals in less than a minute and four in the first half as Long Island built an 11-2 lead and cruised to the victory. Fortunato finished with six goals while her Northport teammate Shannon Gilroy, a rising senior, had four goals and an assist. “I got some really good passes and got in some one-on-one situations with the goalie,” Fortunato said. “It’s a lot of fun to play in this offense. We’ve got a lot of finishers.”