By Gene Morris
LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 6/3/12
Shoreham-Wading River jumped out to an 8-3 halftime lead behind a balanced scoring attack and held off North Shore to claim the Girls’ Class C Long Island championship, 13-10, Sunday afternoon at Dowling College.
The Vikings’ and Long Island’s leading public school scorer Amanda Johansen launched a second-half comeback that brought North Shore back to within 11-9 after Johansen’s third consecutive goal at 7:26.
But the Wildcats (15-3) held strong. They advance to the state semifinals Friday to meet Section 3 champion Christian Brothers Academy at 9:30 a.m. at the Cortland State White Field.
“I wasn’t nervous,” Shoreham-Wading River head coach Mary Bergmann said. “We knew that would happen – (Johansen) had five goals altogether – but she’s been averaging six or seven goals.
“We weren’t going to just shut her off but we said in the one timeout that we can’t give her the ball because at that point she was going to take the ball down the field and do everything she could to win the championship. We just knew if we won the draw controls we could do it.”
Johansen scored four of her five goals in the second half but the Vikings were never able to get any closer than 11-9. Holding a lead going into the second half was something that Bergmann had stressed to her team.
“We didn’t want to go in with just the one-goal lead like we did against Mt. Sinai because we knew that Johansen would come out and have a huge second half so we wanted to make sure we had a bigger lead,” Bergmann said. “Even though she went on a little bit of a run we still always had a three goal buffer (for all but 31 seconds) which was good – if it went down to two goals I might have gotten a little bit nervous.
“But as long as you have a lead in these games and you can get the draw controls and I knew we were conditioned enough to hold the stall and it went in our favor.”
The Wildcats got three goals and an assist each from Paulina Constant and Alex Fehmel and two goals each from Shannon Rosati, Jessica Angerman and Katie Boden.
After Johansen scored her final goal with 5:48 remaining to get North Shore back within three, the Wildcats went into a stall. Although the Wildcats were able to kill the remaining time on the clock it wasn’t something that Bergmann wanted to do that early.
“We don’t usually call a stall until the last two minutes because we’ve had some issues with it,” she said. “With 5:30 left I asked if they could do it and they said yeah we can do it so I said ‘OK, let’s just go for it.’”
It worked well enough to help send the Wildcats to the state championships in Cortland.
Katie Boden 2g,
Alex Fehmel 3g, 1a
Jessica Angerman: 2g, 1a
Paulina Constant: 3g, 1a
Lauren Lustgarten: 2a
Shannon Rosati: 2g
Alyssa Pearce: 1g
Lauren Daly: 11 saves
Amanda Johansen: 5g, 1a
Carly Comitino: 2g
Tess Korten: 2g
Micaela Dussel: 1g