NORTHPORT, New York, May 22
BY: Andrew Wroblewski and Megan Connor
There’s no feeling more satisfying in sports than beating a rival. If you don’t agree, just listen to Northport’s senior middie, Allie Pavinelli.
“I wanted this game more than anything,” Pavinelli, of the Lady Tigers varsity lacrosse team, said after defeating Bay Shore 12-11 on Monday. “They’ve been my rival since I was a freshman and I haven’t beaten them since then.”
What could make that feeling even better? The win came in the quarterfinals of the Suffolk County Division I girls lacrosse playoffs, and the Lady Tigers had to fight for it.
No. 3 Northport (11-6) trailed No. 6 Bay Shore for the entirety of the game until the final minutes when senior Vinchenza Patrone assisted Pavinelli to tie the score at 11 with just under five minutes to play.
“[Bay Shore] had a big lead on us, but we’ve come back from bigger holes before,” Pavinelli, who finished the game with 5 goals, said. “It’s just such an amazing feeling to be able to do this in a playoff game.”
After Pavinelli tied the score, freshman attacker Natalie Langella came off of the bench to score her lone – but more importantly, winning – goal for the Tigers to send them to the semifinals on Wednesday.
“All heart,” Carol Rainson-Rose, head coach for Northport, said of her team’s performance after the game. “You could feel the energy the entire second half; they finally came out and wanted something so bad.”
Also for the Tigers on offense, juniors Noelle Peragine and Gabbi Labuskes both recorded 2 goals in the win.
The Tigers were aided in net by the play of junior Kristen Brunoforte who finished the game with 9 saves – one of which occurred near the end of the game and which Rainson-Rose described as “huge.”
“I’m just really proud of them,” Rainson-Rose said of her team. “I’m glad that they persevered and got a chance to feel what it’s like to put so much effort into something and come out victorious.”
Northport was next to face No. 2 Hauppauge (13-3) on Wednesday, but the game occurred after press time. Last month, the Lady Tigers defeated the Lady Eagles in the regular season 10-9 with the help of 4 Labuskes goals. If Northport found similar success on Wednesday, it will face the winner of No. 1 West Islip (17-0) and No. 4 Middle Country (12-5) today, May 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the Dowling Sports Complex in Shirley.
Originally published: Long Islander News: Record (Thursday, May 22, 2014; A23)