By Lindsay Kramer
LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 6/9/12
CORTLAND – A much different process returned the Garden City girls’ lacrosse team to a familiar destination on Saturday.
Tournament MVP Alexandra Bruno scored six times and Catherine Dickinson fired in five more to fuel the Trojans’ dynasty to another state title with a 13-8 win over Section V’s Canandaigua in the Class B championship game here at SUNY-Cortland.
The crown was the seventh in a row for Garden City, one that head coach Diane Chapman loves as much as all her others while at the same time viewing it in a new light. The team lost eight seniors from last year – including four All-Americans – and struggled through five losses this season, creating at least in Chapman’s eyes the image of an underdog.
“I think some people thought we were (an underdog) this year,’’ she said. “With the talent we lost last year, a lot of people counted us out this year.
“We had a couple losses. We didn’t have that the past couple of years. The seniors did a great job lifting the team.’’
While the self-image of mighty Garden City as a scrappy, scrambling bunch of long-shot types could have been a motivational ploy, the team’s hunger Saturday was undeniable. The Trojans (17-5) broke free from a 6-6 tie at halftime to outscore overmatched Canandaigua, 7-2, in the final 25 minutes.
“We had a rough season. But we learned from our mistakes,’’ said Bruno, a senior attacker. “We won when it mattered.’’
The Trojans took the field in the second half as a riled-up bunch. The team appeared to go ahead, 7-4, with 1:27 left in the first half on a goal by Jenna Fuchs, but the Braves (18-4) called for a stick check. Fuchs’ stick was ruled illegal, and her goal was nullified.
Canandaigua popped in two goals in the waning seconds of the half to tie the stunned Trojans.
“I think we were kind of annoyed,’’ Fuchs said. “I was a little bummed out. We can’t let it affect us. It’s easily fixable.’’
Especially when you have talent like Garden City. Chapman switched her defense from man-to-man to a more aggressive zone, befuddling the Braves. Dickinson broke the tie just 1:01 into the second, and Catherine McTiernan added another 51 seconds later to make it 8-6.
“I think our attack did an incredible job breaking down their defense. We were patient, moving the ball around,’’ Chapman said.
“We just knew we were only one step away,’’ Bruno said of the quick surge. “We knew we needed to get the goals early.’’
Lauren D’Amore answered for Canandaigua, a score that was matched by one from the left side of the net by the nearly-unstoppable Bruno with 21:21 remaining. The Braves’ Dakotah Savitcheff tossed out her team’s final rescue flare with 20:08 left to cut the deficit to 9-8, but Bruno and Dickinson took turns scoring two more goals each to close Garden City’s grasp on another plaque.
“This feeling never gets old,’’ Fuchs, a senior attacker, said of winning. “I hope it gets passed down, pass the torch down to the rest of the team.’’
Defender Carly Knowles, midfielder Dickinson and goalie Megan McDonald were named to the Class B all-tournament squad.
Garden City 13, Canandaigua 8
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Scoring: Alexandra Bruno, 6-2; Catherine Dickinson, 5-1; Catherine McTiernan, 2-1; Jenna Fuchs, 0-1.
Saves: Megan McDonald, 4
Scoring: Lauren D’Amore, 4-0; Kendall D’Amore, 2-0; Dakotah Savitcheff, 2-1; Macy Marafioti, 0-1
Saves: Devin Olschewske, 2; Rebecca VanLaeken, 3; Amanda Yavorek, 0.
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