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LILJ Girls High School Winter League Recap: Week 2

The second week of the girls High School Winter League had some more great games. Out of the eight games four of them were decided by four goals or less, and one of them even ended on a game-winner in the final seconds! We also saw some incredible plays being made by some players who recently committed to schools, and some stud players take the turf for the first time after missing the first week of games. Here’s how each of the games were decided in week two!

Mt. Sinai vs. Smithtown West

Game 1 was a dual between the Mustangs and the Bulls. The Mustangs got off to a slow start and fell behind in the first few minutes, but in the end they coasted to a 18-5 win. Lea Flobeck had 10 points, scoring six goals, and adding four assists which was a game-high. Taylor Cline who recently committed to Brown, is Sinai’s Swiss army knife, and was all over the field making plays. She scored six goals, had three ground balls and won four of the five draws she took. Cline made the GLE top 10 with an ankle breaking goal in the first half.

Smithtown West started the game well particularly on the defensive side, limiting Mt. Sinai to just three goals in the first 10 minutes of the game. Mt. Sinai did have some unforced turnovers that attributed to the slow start, but the Bulls capitalized in some ways, getting some good looks at the cage. Isabella Dantuono found a cutting Allie Given to give the Smithtown a 3-2 lead.  However the lead for the Bulls was short-lived. They definitely had opportunities to build a larger lead, but the goaltending of Jillian McFadden and Sara Flobeck kept Sinai in it before their offense really caught fire.

With Sinai up 4-3 with eight minutes left in the first half, Lea Flobeck went top side for the goal to give them a 5-3 lead. The offense continued to roll and they ultimately went into halftime up 8-4. The second half was more of the same and Mt. Sinai outscored Smithtown 10-1. McFadden and Floboeck seemed to stop everything that came their way. The two goalies combined for 17 saves. Super sophomore Kayli Carannante was the Epoch Player of the Game for her prowess on the defensive end, recording four ground balls, causing a turnover, and putting pressure Smithtown’s offense.

Mt. Sinai vs. Bayport 2

Mt. Sinai played the second game of a double-header against Bayport’s underclassman squad. The Phantoms came up short, losing this one 11-5, but they definitely gave the Mustangs all they could handle. Sinai jumped out to a 7-0 lead but the Phantoms settled in and made it a competitive game.

Once again Taylor Cline and Lea Flobeck were on their game for the Mustangs. Cline finished with four points and three ground balls, and Flobeck ended with five points. They also got a great game for super sophomore Camryn Chamberlain who had two goals, two assists, and two ground balls. The duo of Sara Flobeck and Jillian McFadden also combined for nine saves and Floebeck was named the Epoch Player of the Game. 

Erika Kreuscher scored three of the five goals for the Phantoms and finished the game with four points. The second half definitely left Bayport with some positives to take from the game. They were better in the draw-circle, they had trail checks to get themselves extra possessions, and they played well defensively as a collective unit and also with their help defense on ball.

William Floyd vs. Bayport 2

The young guns for Bayport were at it again for their second game of the day. They played a close game against William Floyd but it was the Colonials that got a 9-5 victory. One of the strengths of their team is Kayla Gilmore on the draw-circle. She took five draws and won three of them, while also recording six ground balls, scored four times and had two assists.

Both teams traded goals for the first 10 minutes of the game and were tied 2-2. Floyd jumped in front 3-2 on goal from Tara DiMaio off the feed from her sister Emma DiMaio. From that point on William Floyd outscored Bayport to go into halftime with a 6-3 lead.

Bayport tried to chip away at the deficit in the second half by getting into their ride to try to force turnovers, but William Floyd was able to keep them at bay. It was more of a defensive battle in the second half, but William Floyd got a late goal in the second half on a hail mary pass from Gilmore to Emma DiMaio who finished for a GLE top 10 play. The Epoch Player of the Game was awarded to Emily Murtha for her swarming defense throughout the game.

Smithtown West vs. Bayport 1

Game four on the day featured Bayport’s varsity team against Smithtown West who was playing their second game of the day. Smithtown certainly hung tough but Bayport posted 16 goals and was able to get a 16-9 win. The Phantoms are just a complete team and have so much depth across the board. Hayden Eisfeld scored five goals and added two assists to lead the team with seven points. They also got five points from Natalee Fabrizio and four points from Mairead Kelly. Kelly and Eisfeld made the GLE top 10 plays with Kelly scoring a no-look, underhanded shovel shot off of the Eisfeld assist.

The Phantoms had 4-2 lead before Smithown’s Allie Given dodged so fast she lost her shoe but still managed to score bring them back within one. Bayport proceeded to outscore them 5-1 the rest of the first half to take a 9-4 lead into halftime. The second half was very competitive, but the first half lead that the Phantoms were able to build was enough for them hang on and get the win. They outscored the Bulls 7-5 in the second half. The Epoch Player of the Game went to defender Christine Dannenfelser who was making plays all over the field to contribute to Bayport’s win. Despite the loss for Smithtown, they ran their offense through Nikki Menella and she was able to score five goals to keep them in striking distance.

Westhampton vs. Wantagh

This showdown between Westhampton and Wantagh was LILJ selected Epoch Game of the Week. After not having their team at full strength in week one, Wantagh had most of their players back. Madison Taylor and Erin Whitaker made a huge difference for the Warriors. The dynamic duo of Madison Taylor and Madison Alaimo was back in action and was just what Wantagh needed to get a win. They defeated Westhampton 18-7, getting five goals each from Taylor and Alaimo. Alaimo also had three assists in the game and Taylor was a perfect four for four in the draw circle.

Wantagh jumped out to a 5-0 lead, with the fourth goal scored by Alaimo as she rolled inside and stung it. Madison Taylor controlled the draw after that goal and took it right to the cage for the goal. The Warriors controlled the first half of the game and went into half time with an 8-3 lead.

In the second half the Warriors separated themselves from the Hurricanes due to their swarming ride and the aggressiveness that they had on the offensive end. They added 10 goals in the second half and outscored them by six. In addition to the big games by Alaimo and Taylor, they also got three goals and two ground balls from Olivia Nicholson. Westhampton’s Olivia Rongo had two goals and two assists to lead them in points. The Epoch Players of the Game went to both Madison Alaimo and Madison Taylor for their stellar offensive performances. The two of them spoke with the LILJ for a postgame interview after the win.

Westhampton vs. Islip

Arguably the best game of the winter league so far was between Westhampton and Islip. This one was back-and-fourth the entire way with neither team leading by more than two goals. It looked like this was heading for a tie, but Islip’s Caitlin Barnes was incredibly clutch and scored the game-winning goal in the closing seconds to give Islip a 12-11 win.

Islip struck first with a rocket by Juliana Stanley, but it wasn’t long before the Hurricanes answered back with Olivia Rongo finding Sofia Amodemo. They traded goals for essentially the entire half. With the score tied 4-4, Avery Falco came around from x and unleashed a rocket to give Islip a 5-4 lead which they took going into halftime.

The second half mirrored the first with both teams exchanging goals. Olivia Rongo won the draw to start the second half for Westhampton and that led to Madison Mosher scoring the game tying to goal. Later the half with Westhampton down one again, Lily Berchin found Madison Mosher slipping to the cage and she finished it to once again tie the game. The goalies for both teams also made huge saves in the second half to keep the game even. Mia Brown was the second half goalie for Westhampton and Katelyn Hicks was protecting the net for Islip down the stretch. With 30 seconds remaining and the game tied at 11, Madison Mosher raced down to field looking to give the Hurricanes the lead but Katelyn Hicks came up with the save to keep it tied. Islip came back down and Danielle Perfetto found Caitlin Barnes who scored the game winning goal. Barnes was the Epoch Player of the Game for scoring the game winner and it was the top play in this weeks GLE top 10 plays.

YJ Spallina vs. Shoreham

YJ Spallina and Shoreham also played a competitive game that went down to the wire. Shoreham had a 4-2 lead after one  half of play, but YJ Spallina’s offense picked up in the second half and they were able to come away with a 9-8 win.

It was a collective effort for YJ Spallina that helped them get the win. Alexa Spallina had four points with two goals and two assists and Ava Simonton scored three goals to finish with three points. They also had three players finish the game with tow points. Shoreham’s leading scorer was Catherine Erb who finished with three goals. She was also in control of the draws, taking six and winning four of them.

Shoreham needed two goals in the final minute of the game. They got one goal on a free-position shot by Catherine Erb to cut the deficit to one, but they ran out of time before they were ablate come up with the game-tying goal. The Epoch Player of the Game was awarded to Madison Cucciniello for the lock down defense she displayed throughout the game.

Comsewogue vs. William Floyd

The final game of the day in the girls league was matchup between Comsewogue and William Floyd. These two teams played a tight game but it was the Comsewogue Warriors who came out on top with a 10-7 win. Comsewogue is a team that has a mix of veterans and young players and they got major contributions on both ends. Eighth grader Jayla Calender finished with three points, scoring twice and adding an assist. Junior Alyssa Deacy controlled the draw circle by winning four out of the five draws that she took. Junior Lindsay Radmann was the Epoch Player of the Game for two goals and one ground ball.

William Floyd was without Kayden Meyer in this one which was definitely a significant loss for them. Kayla Gilmore was tops in points for them, scoring three goals and recording two assists. Cynthia Barnosky also scored three times for William Floyd, but they ultimately came up on the short end in this one.



 

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