State championship games at SUNY Cortland were the backdrop for a day of dominance by Long Island, and, more specifically, Suffolk County (Section 11), which completed a clean sweep of the three girls lacrosse finals.
Here's a look, along with some other notes from championship week.View all MaxPreps girls lacrosse playoff photo galleries from New York.View MaxPreps girls lacrosse tournament brackets for 2015.West Islip wins game of runs
In a back-and-forth battle between two powerhouses, West Islip
scored the last two goals of the game to edge Suffern
, 10-9, to win the Class A title. Lena Riportella
scored the game-winner with 2:07 remaining.
Suffern, which trailed 7-4 at the half, reeled off three straight to start the second half. After Emily Piciullo
put the Lions ahead 8-7, Suffern took a 9-8 lead on back-to-back goals by Regina Sharp and Dana Gisonno
before Chelsea Sorahan
tied it at 9-9 with eight minutes to go.
Piciullo, a junior attack who has committed to Jacksonville University, led the Lions with four goals. Sharp had three goals for the Mounties, who made the state final four for the third-straight year.
West Islip lost to West Genesee in last year's state final.Sister act for ESM
The 15-8 win for Eastport-South Manor (Manorville)
over Section 1's Somers (Lincolndale)
in the Class B final gave the Sharks the first state title in program history.
University of Southern California-bound junior midfielder Kaeli Huff scored the first three goals of the game, leading the Sharks to an 8-2 halftime advantage. Huff, who was named tournament MVP, finished with six goals and an assist.
Huff's sophomore sister, Kelsey, finished with three goals as the Huff sisters accounted for 60 percent of the Sharks' goals.
But defense, and, in particular, the goaltending of six-year starter Samantha Giacolone, were just as critical to ESM's title-game success. Giacolone, who is headed to Notre Dame, finished with 10 saves.Nicole Demase
, a senior midfielder headed to Johns Hopkins, led Somers with four goals. It was the Tuskers' first state title game appearance.D's the difference for Mount Sinai
A strong defensive effort lifted Mount Sinai
to its second state title in the last three years, 8-5 over Honeoye Falls-Lima
in the Class C final.
Goaltender Hannah VanMiddelem
finished with five saves, backed by the outstanding defensive play of Morgan McGrath
and Mary Ellen Carron
The Mustangs (20-1) held opponents to five or less goals in 11 games and no opponent to reach double figures in scoring. Mount Sinai's lone loss was to CHSAA school St. Anthony's 8-7 in double overtime.
Mount Sinai's first state title came in 2013, capping a 20-0 season.Kasey Mitchell
led Mount Sinai offensively in the final with four goals. Sydney Pirreca
had three goals and an assist.Defending champs stopped short
All three of last year's state champs came up short this time around, with two losing in the state final four.West Genesee (Camillus)
, which won the Class A state title last year, fell to West Islip 10-5 in the state semifinals in a rematch of the 2014 title game, won by West Genny 15-10.Skaneateles
, the 2014 Class C titlist, fell to eventual champion Mount Sinai 13-7 in the state semis.Manhasset
, which beat Victor in the 2014 Class B final, fell to Wantagh 9-6 in the Nassau County (Section 8 final).Goal scorers hit century mark
In addition to taking all three state titles, Suffolk County also saw two super scorers surpass the 100-goal mark for the season.
Sam Apuzzo of Babylon
, a midfielder who is bound for Boston College, finished with 107 goals, and East Islip's Nicole Levy, an attack headed to Syracuse, wound up with 101 goals. Both are seniors.Multimedia news and sports editor and producer Joe Lombardi is director of media initiatives and managing editor of the DailyVoice.com, as well as the primary author of the most recent edition of "Lacrosse for Dummies." Follow Joe on Twitter @Joe_Lombardi or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.