The Eastport South Manor girls lacrosse team put in about as dominant a performance as possible in the opening round of the Class B playoffs on Saturday at home, beating seventh seed Comsewogue 17-2 to advance to the semifinals.
The defending Suffolk County champion Lady Sharks, seeded second, were slated to take on third seed Rocky Point on Tuesday, May 21, at home. For results from that game, see this week’s news section. The winner of that game will play for the county title on Thursday, May 30, at the Dowling Sports Complex at 5 p.m.
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ESM didn’t waste much time getting a significant jump on the Lady Warriors, leading 7-1 at halftime. Comsewogue’s Stephanie Vagaletos scored on a free position shot to open the second half, cutting it to a 7-2 ESM lead with 23:34 remaining, but it was the last time that Comsewogue would find the back of the net that afternoon. Meanwhile, the Lady Sharks responded by rattling off four goals in less than two minutes to put the lead up to 11-2 with 18:29 left. A goal by Ali Tolken with 14:58 left made it 13-2 and kept the clock running continuously for the remainder of the game. Many of ESM’s starters had the luxury of watching the final minutes from the bench.
Eight different Lady Sharks scored in the win, led by Dakota Mason and Allyson Tolken, who each had four goals. Kristen Anderson added three goals, while Marissa Gurello had two. Kaitlyn Dowsett, Kelsi Huff, Kaeli Huff and Cory Hack each scored once. Laura Kesnig had three assists while Anderson also had three assists and Kaeli Huff had two. Hack added an assist as well.
Samantha Giacolone made five saves and Jaime McIntosh made one.
After the game, Mason said she was proud of her team’s effort, even though she acknowledged that she and her teammates expected to win.
“I think we did really well,” she said. “We just had to keep up the intensity because you never know what can happen.”
She also credited her teammates on the defensive end for holding the Lady Warriors to just two goals.
“Our defense is unbelievable,” she said. “The slides are always there, and the second slides too. We talk a lot out there, so that really helps.”
Mason said that while beating Comsewogue was nice, the expectations for the team are much higher, especially given what it accomplished last year.
“We definitely want to win the county championship again and hopefully win Long Island too,” she said. “We always want to take it a step further.”