Written by Peter Cappiello, Farmingdale@AntonNews.com Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00
“Championship, Cortland and Chipotle.” These buzz words, created by Farmingdale girls’ lacrosse coach Shari Campbell, were motivation for the Lady Dalers (14-3, 7-2 Nassau Conference I), as they held on to beat Bay Shore, 12-11 and claim the Long Island Class A Championship at Adelphi’s Motamed Field on Sunday, June 2.
Campbell promised her team that if they won, she would take the team Chipotle to celebrate, following the match.
“That was the biggest motivation for us all,” senior attack Nadine Hadnagy joked.
With her team leading by 1, thanks to a goal by senior attack Amanda Turturro, Hadnagy nearly lost the ball, but corralled it in time to score on a slim opening with 14 minutes, 20 seconds to play.
Two minutes later, Hadnagy shook off a slash to the hand and scored her fourth goal of the day, giving her team a 12-10 lead on what would prove to be the game winner.
“All season long I knew that I was not losing my senior year,” Hadnagy said. “So we just worked extra hard in practice to make it happen. We were so motivated because everyone bet against us.”
Hadnagy also said that the success was due to team unity and determination.
Spelling out “Dalers,” Farmingdale players have sported the words “determination, acceptance and leadership” on their bodies, with a new word for each game of the playoffs.
“‘E’ was for elevate,” Campbell said. “People had to elevate their game and Olivia Kirk, Brenna Weil, Sam Brescia, Nadine Hadnagy...everyone came through with it.”
Farmingdale opened the offense when Weil finished a rebound from junior attack Emily Marlow, but was countered by Marauders (18-2, 13-1 Suffolk Division I) junior attack Carly Cox four minutes later.
Hadnagy, Weil and Marlow rallied for a three-goal run, but Cox scored the first of three consecutive Marauders goals to tie the game at four, with just over 11 minutes until halftime.
Marlow stole momentum when she ran down half of the field, charged towards the net and checked a body while releasing a bouncing ball, that put Farmingdale ahead, 5-4, with 8:20 left in the first half.
Trailing, 8-6, at halftime, the Marauders fought back with two unanswered goals, but were no match for Hadnagy, who broke the tie, putting the Dalers up 9-8, before sealing the victory with her late two-goal outburst.
Marlow said that the team was able to exorcise memories of a double overtime loss to Bay Shore in the Long Island title game last year. She added that the Marauders had more pressure in the game since they were defending champions.
Campbell said her team has used “get back on the bus,” as a silent motto this season.
“And we knew we’d have to go through Bay Shore to do that,” Campbell said. “We were so happy that we played in that power league this year because every possible scenario in a game that could happen happened to us during the year. We knew we were able to overcome anything that they threw at us.”
Turturro’s four goals lead Farmingdale to its eighth straight Nassau title.
Co-captain attack Amanda Turturro met with her fellow seniors before taking on Massapequa in the Nassau County Class A title game on Wednesday at Adelphi’s Motamed Field, and the group decided that the Lady Dalers’ season was not over.
“We weren’t losing,” Turturro said.
And with seven minutes, seven seconds left in regulation, she put those words into action.
With her team facing a numbers disadvantage due to a yellow card, Turturro intercepted an errant Massapequa pass and converted it into her fourth goal of the day, giving Farmingdale a 10-8 lead over the Chiefs (8-8, 4-5 Nassau I) en route to an eventual 11-9 victory and an eighth consecutive county championship.
The tally came four minutes after Turturro found herself on a breakaway, hesitating left before running right to score her hattrick goal.
Farmingdale coach Shari Campbell said that after Turturro was pressing in the first half, goals were due her way.
“That steal at the second half was just luck, brilliance and hard work,” Campbell said. “That was the nail in the coffin on that goal.”
Entering the contest, the two teams have battled each other for the Nassau title the past nine years, with the Lady Dalers winning the last seven.
Campbell said that the rivals know each other so well that the games are always close, but the win was made more meaningful since it was against the best Massapequa team she has seen in years.
Overcoming a 4-2 deficit at halftime, Campbell joked with her squad once the final whistle blew.
“Oh my gosh, you know, I said to them as they walked off the field, ‘I hate you, but I love you,’ cause they give me grey hairs and heart attacks,” she said.
Turturro and senior midfielder Nadine Hadnagy, who finished the game with a hattrick, put Farmingdale up, 2-1 to begin the game, but seniors, attack Hayley Burke, midfielder Kristin Yevoli and junior attack Colleen Bourgal pulled together a three-goal run to enter the half.
Chiefs senior midfielder Rosie Pimental scored 49 seconds into the second frame, but sophomore attack Tara Wahl won back momentum for her side when she ended a 20-minute Farmingdale scoring drought, by kicking off a three goal run.
Wahl took center stage again as she found a clear path to the cage on a free position goal, putting her team on the high side of a 6-5 tilt with 13:48 left on the clock.
Hadnagy widened the scoreline by two on a goal minutes later, but Massapequa rallied for back-to-back strikes, setting up Turturro’s heroics.
Campbell said her team adopted the phrase “leadership” as a rallying point, and believes they embodied it, particularly with so many players contributing goals.
“That’s exactly what we’ve been waiting for all year long,” Campbell said. “That’s the only way that we can win. We cannot win with only one person doing all the work, especially at this level.”
Hadnagy said that leadership and composure was necessary to control the tempo of the game.
“I was more of a role player this year,” Hadnagy said. “Last year I did the little plays to help, but this year I had to step up and be a big part of the team. It’s so much more special to win it as the leader, rather than a role player.”
Campbell didn’t expect anything less from Hadnagy, the team’s leading scorer who has committed to play collegiate lacrosse at Maryland.
“People will only look in the paper and see the hattrick,” Campbell said. “But they won’t see the ground balls and the draw controls and the fact that she was matched up on their best player defensively. She does everything for us, all the little stuff.”