By Connor Beach
What began Sunday in Long Island’s Class C girls lacrosse final as a smooth cruise for the high-flying Cold Spring Harbor girls lacrosse team eventually turned to a turbulent one.
Still, Cold Spring Harbor fought off a tenacious Mount Sinai team through overtime to snag the title with a 13-12 win.
The Seahawks and Mustangs both entered the championship game full of confidence as each came off their respective county title victories.
Cold Spring Harbor built on that confidence from the first draw, applying pressure to the Mustangs’ defense.
Caroline Walter scored one of the team’s eight first half goals, while Nicole Mormile added two goals and two assists.
The Mustangs, four-time reigning Long Island champions, couldn’t get much going on offense early. Seahawks’ goalie Alyssa Moran made three saves, and allowed three goals in the first half.
But the Mustangs were determined to keep the game interesting in the second half.
Trailing, 9-3, with 20 minutes left, the Mustangs went on a five-goal run in just over four minutes to pull within two.
Then, with the score evened at 11, Cold Spring Harbor’s Grace Tauckus scored one of her four goals to put the Seahawks ahead with 2:44 left to play.
Mount Sinai responded, though, to tie the game again with just over one minute remaining, and to send the contest into overtime.
In the extra period, Tauckus stepped up again for the Seahawks, scoring the overtime game-winner and clinching a spot in the state championship tournament for Cold Spring Harbor.
Katherine Faria (three goals), Sophia DeRosa (two goals) and Emily Weld (one goal) rounded out the score sheet for Cold Spring Harbor.
Cold Spring Harbor is slated to travel to SUNY Cortland tomorrow, 9 a.m. to take on Jamesville-Dewitt in the state semi-finals.