By Jaclynkelli Kronemberg
LiLacrosseNews.com, Posted 6/4/12
Alexandra Bruno tallied five goals and dished two assists Sunday to help Garden City claim an 11-7 victory over Eastport-South Manor for its eighth straight Long Island Class B girls’ lacrosse championship at Dowling College.
Garden City (15-5) will shoot for a chance at a seventh straight state title in the semifinals Friday against Section 4 champion Vestal on at SUNY Cortland at 2:30 p.m.
“This is my fourth one and this is the best one yet,” said senior attack Bruno. “We all came together this year.
“We struggled a little in the beginning of the season but we did a great job. We pulled through and I’m glad we came out with the win. We talked during pregame and knew we had to come out strong and send a message to the other team.
“We are really excited about moving on. States is a great place, it’s such a great atmosphere and we are ready for the competition up there.”
Bruno had three of her goals in the first half as Garden City came out of the gate strong, seizing a 7-1 lead. The Sharks (15-4) got as close as 7-4 by scoring early in the second half, but Garden City kept a comfortable lead the rest of the way.
Catherine McTiernan tallied three goals and one assist for the Trojans while Catherine Dickinson had two goals and two assists.
“I’m just so proud of my girls,” said Garden City coach Diane Chapman. “They came out and executed great today.
“ We came out and took control of the draws and that definitely helped in the first half. Eastport got a few draws quickly and were able to score three quick goals but we called a time out and got our girls settled.”
The Trojans recovered nicely this year from a mid-season stretch that saw them lose four out of five games. They later lost to Manhasset, but now have won five straight games.
“I feel confident,” Chapman said. “They worked hard. I’m really proud of these seniors, they are doing a great job leading the team and getting to this point. We are going to States so you have to feel great.”
Samantha Giacolone grabbed nine saves and Allison Gionta tallied three goals and one assist for Eastport South Manor.
“This was a great season with these girls,” said Eastport South Manor head coach Becky Thorn.
“I think this game they were more nervous than anything.
“We haven’t seen competition like this before. Just mentally knowing that this is a seven-time Long Island Champion made them nervous the first half. I’m just extremely proud of them; they came a long way.”
Garden City 11, Eastport South Manor 7
Garden City: 7-4-11
Eastport South Manor: 1-6-7
Garden City: Alexandra Bruno 5G, 2A, Catherine McTiernan 3G, 1A, Catherine Dickinson 2G, 2A, Shana Maglio 1G, Jenna Fuchs 1A, Krista Dampman 1A
Eastport South Manor: Allison Gionta 3G, 1A, Dene’ DiMartino 1G, 1A, Marissa Gurello 1G, Kaeli Huff 1G, Dakota Mason 1G, Rebecca Tooker 1A
Saves: Megan McDonald (GC) 5, Samantha Giacolone (ESM) 9