The New Hyde Park Lady Gladiators defeated the Wheatley Lady Wildcats 14-11 in lacrosse on Tuesday afternoon, led by Krysta Sollecito’s five points.
Sollecito recorded four goals and an assist while Mackenzie Griffin added two goals and two assists.
Joanna Mauceri netted a hat trick for New Hyde Park while goalkeeper Michelle Agernza stopped 13 shots on goal.
Allison Lamonica lead Wheatley with four goals and an assist while Sami Rothstein scored twice and had two assists.
Jolie Katz recorded a hat trick for Wheatley while goalkeeper Yvonne Kalpakis stopped 11 shots.
New Hyde Park head coach Dom Gagnon said this game was a battle the whole way as both teams fought for first place in Nassau Conference V.
“We struggled in the first half but we made some adjustments offensively in the second half,” Gagnon said. “Defensively, we were always trying to pressure the ball and force them to make mistakes. This was a big win for our team and the girls worked real hard to earn it.”
Wheatley head coach Terry Grace said they anticipated that this game would go down to the wire.
“We knew it would be this kind of game right till the end,” Grace said. “We just thought we’d be pulling ahead instead of them. We got exactly what we expected.”
In the first half, each team scored eight goals but Wheatley had the advantage in shots on goal 17-11.
Sollecito led New Hyde Park with a hat trick while Lamonica had a hat trick for Wheatley.
Jules Wesler gave New Hyde Park a 1-0 lead 40 seconds into the game.
Sollecito scored with 22:09 remaining in the first half to make it a two goal game.
Lamonica got Wheatley on the board but New Hyde Park took back the two goal lead as Mauceri found the back of the net.
Wheatley answered back with four consecutive goals to take a 5-3 lead.
The sequence started with a free position goal by Rothstein, which allowed Wheatley to take the lead for the first time in the game.
Sollecito and Griffin evened up the game with 10:31 remaining in the first half, which prompted Grace to call a timeout.
Both sides scored three goals each and the game was tied at eight going in halftime.
In the second half, New Hyde Park outscored Wheatley 6-3 and outshot them 13-8.
Joanna Mauceri led New Hyde Park with two goals in the second half.
After Griffin scored off the faceoff, Mauceri followed up with her second goal of the game to give New Hyde Park a quick 10-8 lead.
With 17:33 left to play, Domenique Dunne got Wheatley back within a goal as they trailed 10-9.
New Hyde Park countered with four goals and led 14-9 with 2:55 remaining in the game.
Wheatley got within three, on goals scored by Katz and Lamonica respectively with 43 seconds left.
New Hyde held on the rest of the way and won 14-11, as they remain undefeated.
Girls Lacrosse Scores
Monday, May 8
Valley Stream District defeated Great Neck South 8-5. Audrey D’Aulisa led Valley Stream District with four goals and two assists. Jordana Ovadia led Great Neck South with a hat trick while goalkeeper Rebecca Bressler made 12 saves.
Wantagh defeated Manhasset 11-10. Alexandra Murphy led Wantagh with four goals while Megan Gordon had a hat trick and two assists. Taylor Carson, who recorded two goals, scored with 19 seconds left to break a 10-10 tie. Madison Rielly led Manhasset with four goals while Madison Miller netted a hat trick.
Tuesday, May 9
Sewanhaka defeated West Hempstead 12-10. Sandy Padilla-Ortega led Sewanhaka with five goals and three assists while Kylie Woo scored five goals.
Great Neck South defeated Roosevelt 16-10. Jordana Ovadia led Great Neck South with four goals and an assist. Danielle Delponte and Hannah Lee each had a hat trick for Great Neck South while goalkeeper Rebecca Bressler recorded eight saves.