Glancing at the William Floyd girls lacrosse schedule starting on April 16, the Lady Colonials were slated to face three teams that totalled just one win halfway through the season. Winning all three games wasn’t a given for Floyd, but it would be safe to say that it was expected.
On April 16, the Lady Colonials (3-3 Division I, 6-3 overall) were in Brentwood and came through with a 16-6 victory. On April 18, however, the Lady Colonials dropped a game to Commack at home, 11-7. William Floyd came right back on Senior Day on Tuesday at home to beat Middle Country, 17-6. In the game against Brentwood, William Floyd head coach Pete Friedman said that his team had control of the game from start to finish, jumping out to a 7-2 lead by halftime.
Jackie Ardolino led the Lady Colonials with 10 goals. Erin Conn and Octavia Williams added two goals each and Jackie Andersen and Marissa Hurley had one goal each. Chelsea Sidaras had eight saves in goal for William Floyd.
Before the game on April 18, Friedman said that Commack’s 0-5 record was not a good indicator of its ability, because it had played four of the top five teams in the division in the beginning of the season. So he knew it was going to be a battle against the Lady Cougars.
After the first half, the Lady Colonials had a 6-5 lead. Although the score was close, William Floyd had controlled the tempo throughout the first half and was looking to add to its lead. But the Lady Colonials could not put together much offense in the second half as Commack’s goalie Frankie Caridi made 13 of her 18 saves in the half and only let up two more goals the rest of the game.
“Our shooting was not up to par,” Friedman said. “We took tons of shots, we just couldn’t score.”
Ardolino had three goals, while Samantha Ferrara had two goals for William Floyd. Andersen and Williams added a goal each. Sidaras had six saves. On Tuesday, the Lady Colonials led Middle Country, another winless team coming into the game, 6-3, at halftime. The girls learned their lesson from the previous game as they scored 11 more goals in the second half to round out the score.
Ardolino led the Lady Colonials once again in the scoring department with seven goals. Williams had four goals, while Andersen had three goals. Kaleigh Locke added two goals, while Ferrara had one goal. Sidaras needed just two saves to preserve the win for William Floyd.
“I think the girls were just distracted in the first half with all of the Senior Day festivities,” Friedman said. “After the half, they picked it up and buckled down.”
The Lady Colonials will have a very different schedule heading into the second half of the season. They will be at Walt Whitman on Monday at 4 p.m. and then will face Sachem East and West Babylon in succession. All three teams have winning records, with West Babylon sitting atop Division I.
Friedman said he thinks his team would be in much better shape, as far the playoffs are concerned, if it had beaten Commack.
“We do hit some very good teams in the second half of the season, so it’ll be interesting to see how we do,” he said. “I think we’ll just take it one day at a time.”