For four years, Jackie Ardolino has been the catalyst on offense for the William Floyd girls lacrosse team. And on Tuesday, she helped keep her team’s playoff hopes alive by tallying seven goals and two assists in a 12-11 win at Connetquot.
Ardolino scored her seventh goal with 2:19 left in the game, giving her team a 12-10 lead. Her teammate Jackie Andersen had recorded the game-winner less than two minutes earlier, breaking a 10-10 tie.
Floyd had taken a 6-3 lead at halftime, but had to hold on after the Lady Thunderbirds came back with a stronger effort in the second half.
“They have some pretty good shooters,” Friedman said. “They played with a lot of heart. The ball just didn’t seem to be bouncing our way in the second half, but we did what he had to do to win.”
Andersen, a freshman, finished with three goals and three assists for Floyd, and Friedman said she had “an unbelievable game,” while Octavia Williams and Kaleigh Locke each scored once. Eighth-grader Chelsey Sidaras had an impressive game in goal, making 12 saves, including several crucial stops late in the game. The star of the day, however, was Ardolino, who has certainly become accustomed to carrying the offensive responsibilities for her team.
“She’s been my best player since eighth grade,” Friedman said of the junior, who has 71 goals this season. “She’s scored more than 60 goals every year. She’s a great offensive player and she’s our captain and a leader, so everyone looks up to her.”
Floyd’s win over Connetquot came on the heels of a lopsided 24-4 loss at home against powerhouse West Babylon on May 2.
“They’re one of the best teams in the division,” Friedman said. “We’ve been holding our own against teams that we should, but some of the powerhouse teams have really been taking it to us.”
On April 30, the Lady Colonials suffered what head coach Pete Friedman called “a devastating loss,” falling, 13-12, to Sachem East at home.
The Lady Colonials held a 9-5 lead at the half, but allowed Sachem East to take over in the second half. Ardolino finished with five goals and an assist in the losing effort, while Locke and Marissa Hurley scored twice.
“We’re a very young team and I wouldn’t say we necessarily lost our focus, but we just didn’t get the job done,” Friedman said. “That was a game that I think we should have won.”
Floyd (6-5 in Division I, 9-5 overall) was scheduled to host Ward Melville yesterday in a game that Friedman said would be crucial to its playoff chances. Prior to that game, the Lady Colonials were 11th in the division, making them the first team out of the postseason. A win against the 12th place Lady Patriots (3-6, 5-7) would have likely assured Floyd a playoff spot, while a loss to them would likely drop them too far in the power rankings to earn a bid.
The loss to Sachem East, as well as an 11-7 loss to Commack—currently in 10th place—on April 18 could come back to bite the Lady Colonials if they fall just short of a postseason berth. Floyd was winning both of those games at halftime.
Floyd will finish up the season with a pair of road games, traveling to face first-place Northport on Wednesday at 4 p.m. before visiting 13th-place Half Hollow Hills on May 20 at 4 p.m.
In their only game of the week, the William Floyd boys lacrosse team cruised past Longwood, 20-6, improving to 6-3 in Division I, 8-4 overall. Prior to a game against first-place Ward Melville on Wednesday, the Colonials were in seventh place in the division with 126.660 power points, giving them a slight lead over Smithtown East (6-3, 7-5 with 125.810 points).
Floyd took a 12-1 halftime lead against Longwood and never looked back. Steven Shaedler led the team with four goals, while Steven Murphy and Ryan Payton each had three goals. John Amato, Luke Miller and TJ Mannix each scored twice. Murphy led the team with four assists. Joe Fiorucci and Xavier Williams split time in goal, with Fiorucci making seven saves and Williams making four saves.
“It was over pretty early,” Floyd head coach Vic Guadagnino said. “Everyone did a real nice job in the first half and it continued into the second half.”
In their final four games of the regular season, the Colonials will focus on trying to finish high enough in the standings to earn a home playoff game. The top 13 teams in the division advance to the postseason.
Floyd will host 16th-place Sachem East tonight at the Lincoln Avenue Sports Complex at 7 p.m. and will travel to take on 11th-place Northport on Tuesday at 4:15 p.m. The Colonials will host one-win Patchogue-Medford on Thursday at the same time and will wrap up the regular season at fifth-place Half Hollow Hills West on May 19 at 4:30 p.m.
Guadagnino said he expects the final set of games to be challenging for his team.
“I think we have three very difficult games and a game against Pat-Med that is a bit of a softer game,” he said. “Northport is a program that we’ve never beaten in our history, and Hills West is always a one-goal game.”