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Lady Dalers Win Long Island Championship

After defeating the Massapequa Chiefs 14-6 in the Nassau County Class A Championship game at Hofstra on June 2, the Lady Dalers defeated the Northport Tigers 13-12 at Hofstra last Saturday to capture their fourth straight Long Island Class A Championship.

Against Massapequa, Melanie Raso’s goal with assist by Janine Hillier, the Lady Dalers started their scoring drive within the first minute of the game. Hillier would score 30 seconds later, for a 2-0 lead. Kelly McPartland would score twice to put the Lady Dalers up 4-0, and Massapequa would call a much-needed timeout. The Lady Dalers’ defense of Brittany Hushion, Tara Coyle and Regina Bates held the Chiefs to just one goal in the first half, and they were up 6-1.

In the second half, the Lady Dalers’ offense would score eight more goals while Massapequa was only allowed five, giving the Lady Dalers a 14-6 win and their fourth straight Nassau County Class A Title. Goals were by Janine Hillier (4), Kelly McPartland (4), Melanie Raso (3), Kyra Ochwat, Maegan Meritz, and Alyssa Cardillo. Goalie Lauren Maksym had seven saves for the Lady Dalers. But her real test is yet to come.

Now it’s the Long Island Class A Championship Game against the Northport Tigers. The Lady Dalers (14-0) had their hands full. First of all, Northport never scored less than 13 goals this season. Second, Tigers #11 Shannon Gilroy scored 111 goals this year to include eight goals in her last game. She is one of the state’s top scorers. And finally, Northport is 20-0. Could the Lady Dalers survive?

Again, the Lady Dalers got on the scoreboard first with a goal by Kelly McPartland at 22:02. But, a minute later the Tigers would tie it up 1-1. Northport would go up 3-1 before Melanie Raso would score to keep the Lady Dalers close at 19:45, 3-2. Northport’s offense would come alive once again to show the Lady Dalers their power and score two more times to go up 5-2. This forced Farmingdale’s Coach Shari Campbell to call a timeout to regroup her team. This timeout did work for the Lady Dalers, as they would comeback with two goals by Raso and McPartland to cut Northport’s lead down to one. What could have been a tragic error for the Lady Dalers, a three minute yellow card penalty at 9:20 of the first half. The Lady Dalers’ defense of Hushion, Coyle and Bates again would come up big to hold the Tigers to only one goal during this penalty. Goalie Lauren Maksym had some fantastic saves to keep her team in this game. At halftime Northport lead 6-5.

Whatever the Coaches (Shari Campbell, Katie Paccione, Nicole Rhodes and Tracy Wiener) said at halftime worked. The Lady Dalers came out with three goals to go up 8-6. Northport would not score their first goal of the half until 14:42 to make it 8-7. With goals going back and forth with these two powerhouse teams, Janine Hillier would score with 3:13 left in the game to give the Lady Dalers a 13-11 lead. The key now was to get possession of the ball and run out the clock. Northport would win the next draw for possession, but with a save by Maksym the Lady Dalers would have the ball back. With pressure from Northport, they forced a turnover at 1:27 and scored at 1:04 left in the game. Now it was 13-12, Farmingdale. Last year, the Lady Dalers defeated Northport 12-11 in double overtime. Would this happen again? Overtime? On the next draw the ball was loose on the ground, both teams battling for the ball, but then came Janine Hillier. She was able to scoop up the ball and gain possession for the Lady Dalers. They were able to run out the clock to capture their fourth straight Long Island Class A Championship.

The Lady Dalers will play West Genesee on June 12 at SUNY Cortland in the NYS Class A Semi-Finals. The finals will be on Saturday, June 13. Last year the Lady Dalers were defeated by West Genesee in the finals 13-12. The Farmingdale Lady Dalers are looking for two more wins. For more photos visit www.elegantphotos4u.com.