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All the seats were filled on this sunny Wednesday, May 20, in Port Washington, by the large number of fans who showed up to see this longtime lacrosse rivalry between the Schreiber Lady Vikings varsity team and the Farmingdale Dalers. Going into this game, Farmingdale was in first place with a 12-0 record and Port was in second with an 11-1 record. Port's coach, Roger Winter, was quoted as saying, "it was definitely exciting," and exciting it was. These two teams played as close a game as can be, with the score tied eight times during the game and ending in an 11-11 tie.

The first half started off with a Port goal by Gretchen Zwerlein who shot the ball just past the stick of Farmingdale's goalie. Zwerlein and Lauren Greene combined to score nine goals during the course of the game. The Dalers followed this goal with another by Christine McPike, who went on to score three more goals in the game. (Christine McPike is one of a long line of great lacrosse players in her family; she will be going to North Carolina on a lacrosse scholarship.) This rallying continued throughout the first half ,though, Farmingdale managed to finish leading by a score of 7-5.

The Vikings started out the second half by scoring three goals in a row to give them an 8-7 lead with 18:47 remaining in the game. The Dalers again managed to come back to tie the game at eight; Port got their goal back but Farmingdale rallied to tie the score at nine. With 14:33 left in the game, Gretchen Zwerlein caught a long pass from Roberta Meo which she put just passed the goalie, giving Port a 10-9 lead. Farmingdale answered this goal with two more goals including one by McPike, which gave them a one goal lead with 8:40 left in the game and put the pressure on the Vikings. As time wound down, it looked like the Dalers would hold off Port but the 1:24 to go, Susan Graser connected with Lauren Greene who blasted the ball past Farmingdale's goalie to end the game in an 11-11 tie.

This game gave both teams a chance to show their offensive and defensive skills, as well as goaltending. Farmingdale's goalie, Sam Sparta, made 16 saves and Port's goalies, Margaret Garofalo and Emilie Kirkpatrick, combined to make 10 saves.

The Vikings are leaving this game with a 11-1-1 record and are seeded third in the division behind New Hyde Park who is in second, and Farmingdale who is in first. If Port meets the Dalers in the playoffs, the victor of the game could not be predicted, but the Vikings have eliminated Farmingdale the last three years following the Dalers winning the county championship in 1995.




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