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On Wednesday, Nov. 8, the Port Washington girls field hockey team met Garden City TYrojans in the Nassau County Class B finals at C.W. Post. Port Washington came into this game the underdog, and the team was more aware of it than anyone. Garden City was undefeated with a 16-0 record; the team was the six time defending county champions, two time defending state champions, and had already defeated Port earlier in the season. The Vikings came into this game knowing they would have to put up a real fight if they hoped to defeat Garden City. Though the Vikings' have made their fair share of surprise victories and great comebacks, this game would go strictly by the numbers, and Trojans had the numbers on their side. Despite the Vikings efforts, Garden City would take a 6-0 victory.

Christy Wurmstedt (blue) tries to beat a Garden City player to the ball.

This game got under way at about 2:30 on one of the side fields at C.W. Post. There was a crowd of about 100 on hand, comprised mostly of parents, as well as a handfull of students from both schools on hand. The Garden City onslaught began 10 minutes into the first half when Meghan Crisafulli scored off a rebound, giving the Trojans the first of their two goals in the half. Garden City's second goal of the half came when Jamie Cohen scored off a penalty shot.

At the end of the first half, Port was down, but not out. They attempted to set up several goal scoring plays but were thwarted each time. Garden City, however managed to bring their play to the next level. In doing this they ensured their victory by scoring four goals in the half. Despite a great effort by everyone on the Vikings, particularly Katherine Garofalo, they were just outplayed by Garden City. While a loss in the finals is always the most disappointing, the team had a very strong season nonetheless. The Vikings will be losing seniors, Karen Cullinane, Nathalie Faure, Katharine Garafalo, Jackie Wright, and Jessica Borow, some of the strongest players on the team. Though those seniors will be greatly missed, hopes are high that next season will be another successful one.


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