The season ended in the twilight of a warm Friday afternoon. The Port girls' varsity lacrosse team had just lost their semifinal playoff game, and the long, tiring season was over. The loss came after a tremendous season, along with a terrific playoff run which led the girls all the way to C.W. Post for a Nassau semifinal with the number one seed in Nassau, Farmingdale.
The girls finished the regular season on a hot streak. They finished with a record of 10 wins and 10 losses. However, they won three of their last four games against tough teams such as South Side and Carle Place. By winning these final games, the girls put themselves in position for a playoff seed.
By nabbing a playoff spot, Port was scheduled to play Mepham at home on May 14. Although Mepham was in a lower division, they posted a great record, and would pose a big threat in the opening round of the Nassau County playoffs. The game, which was close only at the beginning, was completely blown open by Port's offense. Jolie Signorile, one of Port's most dangerous offensive threats, put in five of Port's 15 goals. Halsey Diakow scored two goals, Jamie Bushel put two goals in herself, and Jackie Hehir and Robyn Schechter each had a goal a piece. The final score was 15-3 in favor of Port, and the girls were moving on to the next round in dominating fashion.
Port's next test would be a little tougher than their first round matchup Mepham. They would be playing against Massapequa, a team which had beaten the Lady Vikings earlier in the season by the score of 7-3. "We definitely have become a different team since the beginning of the season," said senior Jackie Hehir, and was she ever right. The girls saved their best game of the season for the most opportune time. Led by the Diakow sisters, Halsey and Marla, Port grabbed a 6-4 lead at halftime. The girls went on to hold their own in the second half as well, as they were tied 9-9 with less than a minute to play. Halsey Diakow then put in the winner with 30 seconds to play, as Port had overcome the odds and beaten the tough Massapequa team. Marla Diakow finished with three goals, and Halsey Diakow finished with four of her own. Goalie, Christina Saccone played masterful in goal and made nine pivotal saves in net. It was a win that truly represented the girls' entire season. They weren't expected to go in and win a game against powerhouse Massapequa and they had done it. With an up and down season which included some mishaps and mistakes, the girls had righted the ship and were on their way to C.W. Post for a semifinal match up against Farmingdale.
The game was played last Friday afternoon, May 21 at C.W. Post University. The girls had been there before, playing against Garden City on the same field a year ago in the 2003 Nassau County playoffs. The girls definitely had their work cut out for them this year, as they were playing undefeated (14-0) Farmingdale, in the semifinal game. The game didn't start off too great either, as Port found themselves down 3-0 with less than five minutes gone by. However, Port did not lie down, as they battled tough throughout the first half, and ended the half losing by a score of 6-2. Four goals sounds like a lot, but the girls had come from behind in many games this season. Even with a tough team in Farmingdale; this game was not totally out of reach. Led by tough defensive plays by senior Marla Diakow, Port scored two goals early on in the second half, and at one point found themselves down only by the score of 7-5, and putting Farmingdale on its heels. However, Port just couldn't convert on some offensive drives, and allowed Farmingdale to penetrate the center of the field. The final whistle blew, and the game was over. The girls had fallen by the score of 13-6. Senior Jackie Hehir scored three goals in her final game, and up and coming star, sophomore, Sarah Weiss scored a goal. Christina Saccone played admirably in goal, as she found herself making save after save against a terrific Farmingdale offense. It was the final game for many seniors, so as the girls trudged off the field, for many, it was their final time.
The girls finished with a record of 10-10 and reached the county semifinals for the second straight year. This is quite an accomplishment for a team that had had so many tough losses early on in the season. Even with a loss that will stay with many of the girls for a long time, they cannot forget the great season they had, and the memories that will last for a long time.