For the third straight season Northport and Massapequa went head to head for the Class A Long Island Championship and for the second straight year it would take overtime to decide a winner. With just under 20 seconds remaining with an 8-8 score, senior Caitlyn Dorman had a chance to send the Chiefs to Cortland with a free-position shot and she bounced it into the back of the net to give Massapequa a 9-8 win over reigning two-time Class A Champions. The win for Massapequa gives the program their first ever Long Island Championship.
The game opened up strongly for Massapequa, as they scored the first three goals of the game courtesy of Jess Giller, Allison Petrullo, and Joely Caramelli. Northport’s Kate Atkinson would get the Tigers on the board to cut it to 3-1, but Massapequa would score four unanswered goals build a 7-1 lead which was their largest of the game. The run started with Allison Petrullo on a catch and shoot goal assisted by Ellie Leisen, and was capped off by the same duo, this time Petrullo assisting Leisen. Both Caramelli and Bridget Valentine each added goals during that run which put the Chiefs in firm control. However Northport gained momentum towards the end of the first half due to Kennedy Radziul scoring twice down the stretch to bring the Tigers within four going into halftime.
The momentum shift towards at the end of the first half continued in the second, and all of a sudden a 7-1 lead for Massapequa was down to one on a Kate Atkinson free-position goal just over five minutes into the second half. Massapequa was able to maintain the lead, due to some big plays between the lines particularly by Bridget Valentine, and they would increase the lead back to two on Leisen’s second goal of the game on Petrullo’s second assist. The Tigers answered once again on a goal scored by Payson Hedges, and with Northport still needing one more goal to tie the score it came with just under three minutes remaining on Atkinson’s third goal of the game assisted by Radziul out of a timeout. This would even the game at eight and send it to overtime.
In the overtime frame Northport had an opportunity for the game winning goal but a crucial turnover forced by Caramelli and Jess Giller sprinting in transition ultimately led to Dorman being awarded shooting space and getting the chance to be a hero on the free position goal. Dorman’s bouncing shot that into the net is now etched in the history books for the Massapequa program and they will now head to Cortland where they will play in New York State Semifinals on Friday at 1pm at Cortland High School against the reigning state champions from Baldwinsville.