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Jun 2, 2018 9:18 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Westhampton Beach Girls Lacrosse Falls In Class C County Championship To Mt. Sinai

Anna Mccarthy, left, Isabelle Smith and Maureen Duffy during the National Anthem. DANIELA DETORE
Jun 4, 2018 4:10 PM

Only a few tears were shed when the final buzzer rang out on the Westhampton Beach girls lacrosse team’s season after its 8-6 loss to Mount Sinai in the Suffolk County Class C Championship at Hauppauge High School on Thursday, May 31.

After all, Mt. Sinai is the reigning Class C state champion after winning its third consecutive title last season and fourth in the past five years. The Lady Hurricanes, meanwhile, were in their first ever county final after defeating Bayport/Blue Point in triple overtime in the semifinals on May 22, and they came out strong from the opening whistle on Thursday.

Junior Lindsay Rongo scored the first goal of the game but Mt. Sinai answered back and held a 3-1 lead. The Lady Mustangs kept the Lady Canes at bay before Maureen Duffy was fouled and was awarded a free possession shot and scored with 4:42 left in the half, cutting Mt. Sinai’s lead to 3-2. The Lady Mustangs tacked on another goal, but junior Hollie Schleicher, who won nine draw controls throughout the game that helped the Lady Canes in possession, scored a pair of goals just before time expired in the half to create a 4-4 tie.

Mt. Sinai opened up the second half with four unanswered goals which wound up being a key point in the game.

“We just didn’t get possession there in the beginning [of the second half],” Westhampton Beach head coach Mary Bergmann said. “We had possession a lot of the time in the game, but that 10 minutes hurt us because they went [four] goals up on us.”

Westhampton Beach finally broke Mt. Sinai’s run with 9:11 remaining in the game on a free possession goal by freshman Giana Murphy. Sophomore Isabelle Smith scored the final goal of the game for Westhampton Beach but Mt. Sinai enjoyed winning another Class C county title. Mt. Sinai wound up losing, 13-12, to Cold Spring Harbor in the Long Island Championship on Sunday.

“I think we just ran out of time. If we had a little more time it could have been a different game,” Bergmann said.

Much of the success of the season was led by seven seniors in Hailey Daleo, Eleanor Kast, Shelby Meduski, Caitlin Gallagher, Emilee Downs, Ansley Berman and Julia Magro. Daleo (Stony Brook), Kast (Stony Brook), Meduski (Cortland), Gallagher (LIU Post) and Downs (Towson) are all moving on to play lacrosse in college and was the first class to run Bergmann’s four-year tenure.

“These kids have been with us the entire time,” said Bergmann. “They helped to turn the program around.”

In conclusion to their playoff run falling just short of what could have been their first county championship in program history, the Lady Hurricanes grabbed their bags, raised their red Hurricane flags and walked off the field with their heads held high.

“They should all be proud,” said Bergmann. “[This season] will set a precedent for years to come.”

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