By Jaclynkelli Kronemberg
LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 5/30/14
Kaitlyn Wandelt tallied four goals to lift Sayville to a 5-3 victory over Eastport-South Manor Thursday in the Suffolk County Class B girls’ lacrosse championship at the Dowling Sports Complex.
Sayville (14-4) advances to play Manhasset for the Long Island Class B Championship Sunday (4:30 p.m.) at the Dowling Sports Complex.
“This is awesome, it feels so good,” said Wandelt. “We practice shooting a lot and I just did what I was taught. We beat Huntington (in the semifinals, 14-13 in 2 OT) when no one expected us to and we said, ‘Let’s do it again tonight,’ so we did.
“I was just the one that had the opportunities to score today. Any one of my teammates could have done the same thing, but I had the good opportunities.”
Eastport-South Manor (14-3) defeated the Golden Flashes, 7-6, in double overtime on April 22.
In this game, ESM took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Kaeli Huff. Sayville answered at the 11:55 mark on Wandelt’s first goal, sparking a 4-0 run that lasted until the second half as the Golden Flashes played brilliant defense and Molly Andrews (seven saves) was a key in the cage.
Kelly Mara tallied one goal and one assist and Molly Andrews grabbed seven saves for Sayville.
“We knew coming in it would be a tight game,” said Sayville head coach Adam Sznitken. “This was a crazy defensive game; both teams played amazing defense.
“From the beginning of the season I told my goalie (Andrews) this was her time and today she showed up. It was awesome. We gained some momentum after the Huntington game because no one thought we could win that game.
“We came out of that game with some confidence and I think it showed today. We just won two games against teams people didn’t think we could beat and now we got the third best team (Manhasset) in the country. Hey we’re in the game so we will see what happens; you never know.”
Kaeli Huff tallied three goals and Sam Giacolone grabbed six saves for Eastport South Manor.
“We just played bad today,” said Eastport-South Manor head coach Becky Thorn.
Sayville 5, Eastport South Manor 3
Eastport-South Manor 1-2-3
S: Kaitlyn Wandelt 4G; Kelly Mara 1G, 1A; Julianne Johnston 1A
ESM: Kaeli Huff 3G; Jacqueline Wasilko 1A; Kristin Anderson 1A
Saves: Molly Andrews (S) 7; Sam Giacolone (ESM) 6