Friday, 25 June 2010 00:00
The North Shore Lady Vikings fourth-grade team eked out a 7-6 come-from-behind victory over Suffolk County kingpin West Islip at the Saturday, June 12 PAL Lacrosse tournament at SUNY Farmingdale. North Shore ran its season record to 9-1 as they stamped a claim on the mythical title of “Long Island’s Best” in their age category.
The Lady Vikings’ sole loss of the season was inflicted by Huntington, but that squad tasted two defeats themselves.
Early on, North Shore began the domination of this game as they captured most of the face offs and scooped up most of the free balls. They certainly out shot West Islip—representing one of Long Island’s hotbeds of lacrosse. It was left to the spectacular play of the West Islip goalie to keep her team in the game.
The initial few minutes was all North Shore as Isabella D. finally cashed in a shot to put the Vikings on the board. The Lady Vikings’ ferocious attack continued and Eileen Q. soon scored to make it 2-0.
At this juncture, the Vikings offense, led by Ariel G. Hannah M., Nikki N., Selena F. and Patty C. and a charged up defense buoyed by Isabella T. and Lili S. was really taking the play to West Islip.
But the eventual losers continued to fight back. West Islip posted two consecutive goals to deadlock the hard-fought match. Here some brilliant passing broke Isabella D. loose for the go ahead halftime goal. Alana G. had acquitted herself quite well in goal for a 3-2 edge at the break.
Now Payton F. took over the Viking net chores as the second half commenced. Eileen Q. broke loose to notch her second goal of the contest to up the count to 4-2. West Islip quickly returned the favor with a tally but Nikki N. was on the spot and she drilled home a shot to up the count to 5-3. West Islip demonstrated their resolve to not lose by tossing in two quick markers.
Here North Shore unleashed a torrid attack that culminated in three successive shots. In each case they were denied and it was particularly painful as the final shot by Jessica A. rang off the right post.
West Islip then came down field to score. With a 6-5 deficit, it appeared the game was slipping away from North Shore.
At this juncture, North Shore fought back and Alana G. finished off an excellent rush by whipping a nice high shot over the goalies’ shoulder to tie the contest.
With only a few minutes remaining, the game hung in the balance, and on a late attack, Emilie B. sprung Isabella D. out of the pack with a superb pass, and Isabella fired home a low blur to complete her 3rd hat trick of the season and give the Lady Vikings a 7-6 thrilling victory.