By Jaclynkelli Kronemberg
LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 5/21/14
Bridget Weill tallied four goals to boost top-seeded Farmingdale to a 10-7 win over Oceanside Tuesday in the Nassau County Class A semifinals at Adelphi University.
The win advances the defending state champion Dalers (9-7) to the title game on May 28 at Adelphi (8:30 p.m.) against third-seeded Syosset, which toppled Massapequa, 6-5, in another semifinal.
“We didn’t come in too strong,” said Weill. “We really didn’t play our best lacrosse the first half.
“In the second half we played better, but we didn’t play our best. We felt comfortable with the two-goal lead. We just have to stay up in the game. I feel good going forward but we do have a lot to work on.”
Oceanside hung tough, resulting in five ties, but Farmingdale took an 8-7 edge with 9:25 remaining game that sparked a 3-0 run sealing the victory. Jillian Alonso and Chrissy Kelly both tallied two goals and one assist and Olivia Kirk posted nine saves for Farmingdale.
“This was a microcosm of our whole season,” said Farmingdale coach Shari Campbell. “Kudos to Oceanside (15-2). We knew they were going to bring it because they had seniors that did not want to lose.
“When we got up by two everybody knew we were going to take the air out of the ball because we have trouble scoring.”
Sydney Oshinsky tallied three goals and Cassie Cesario tallied two goals for Oceanside.
“I’m very proud of my team; they hung tough with a nine-time defending county champion,” said Oceanside coach Ken Dwyer. “But we also look at it like we had some opportunities and we think we belong on this field. I’m proud of what we did and I’m looking forward to the future.”
In the earlier game,. Kim Presuto grabbed 12 saves including one with a minute remaining in the game to seal Syosset’s 6-5 victory and its first ever trip to the Class A Nassau County championship game.
“This just feels amazing,” said Presuto. “We’ve been practicing so hard for so long and this is really all we wanted.
“We executed our game plan and it just worked out. Those last saves, I was just in my zone and I wasn’t even thinking. When I get in my zone my body just moves and I don’t even think about it. We feel amazing and we are going to be ready for Farmingdale.”
Syosset started the game on a 4-0 run and despite a valiant effort it proved too much for Massapequa. Rachel Greenspan tallied two goals for Syosset.
“Wow we played 50 minutes of tough lacrosse,” said Syosset head coach Lauren LoMonaco. “We came in as the number three trying to beat the dynasty Massapequa.
“Syosset has never been to the county championship before and this is all 23 girls (being) strong, (with) one heart. They all wanted it. Our goalie Kim Presuto is the heart and soul of our team. We are so excited right now. Farmingdale is tough, we have a lot of work to do, but we will be ready next Wednesday.”
Madeline Lee and Cassidy O’Brien tallied two goals each for Massapequa.
“I thought our girls played hard,” said Massapequa head coach Megan Zimmer. “Coming into today we knew Syosset was a strong team.
“We had a very rough start but Syosset is a great team. They played well, they play hard and unfortunately we didn’t come out on top today.”
Farmingdale 10, Oceanside 7
F: Bridget Weill 4g; Chrissy Kelly 2G, 1A; Jillian Alonso 2G, 1A; Emily Marlow 1G; Zoe Zebersky 1G
O: Sydney Oshinsky 3G; Cassie Cesario 2G; Christina McCabe 1G; Alison Schwasnick 1G
Saves: Olivia Kirk (F) 9; Taylor Passuello (O) 8
Syosset 6, Massapequa 5
S: Rachel Greenspan 2G; Morgan Lanning 1G; Nicole Concannon 1G; Sofia Afkham 1G;Kate Majoy 1G; Katelyn Igneri 1A; Jacqueline Cuddy 1A
M: Madeline Lee 2G; Cassidy O’Brien 2G; Kole Pollock 1G; Gabby Curtis 1A; Moira Callahan 1A
Saves: Kim Presuto (S) 12; Charlotte Wright (M) 7