Friday, 24 July 2009 00:00
The Portledge Varsity Girls Lacrosse team, led by Senior Captains Siena Falino of Centerport and Alex Siwiec of Glen Cove and Junior Captain Addie Reilly of Locust Valley, advanced to the New York State Association of Independent Schools Championship Game having turned in the best season in Portledge history.
It also marked the first time that any Portledge team made it to a private school state championship game. Despite the heartbreaking 10-9 OT loss against The Hackley School of Tarrytown, NY, the team showed the talent, determination and teamwork that characterize Portledge athletics.
Freshman goalie Katherine Gahagan was outstanding between the pipes as this evenly matched game rolled back and forth. Reilly, the leading private and public school scorer in the metropolitan area with 106 goals, scored to tie the game with under a minute left and sent the contest into OT. After a scoreless first overtime, during which Gahagan made several incredible saves, the Hackley girls finally broke the deadlock with only 24 seconds left in the second overtime session. After the Hackley goal, Reilly was awarded the ball off of a post face off scrum, but her final rush to goal was interrupted by whistles that signaled concurrent fouls and a drop ball. While Reilly did get a hold of the re-start, she was unable to get off a shot as the final whistle sounded and the Hackley Hornets began to celebrate.
“Portledge is a small school and aside from our girls and boys ice hockey programs, this was the first time we played in a venue as large as Columbia University’s Baker Field and in front of so many people,” said Phil Hills, Portledge Athletic Director. “Our girls left everything on the field against a very talented and experienced team and I am confident they will return to this championship game very soon.”
The Lady Panthers finished the season with an overall mark of 12 wins and 4 losses, with two of the losses coming to Hotchkiss and Millbrook early in the season. The team will have over 20 returning letter winners next year, so the future is indeed bright for girls lacrosse at Portledge.