Carol Rose’s girls lacrosse dynasty is one step closer to another championship. The longtime Northport coach has the Tigers in the Suffolk Class A championship game for the 10th straight season.
The top-seeded girls lacrosse team pulled away from No. 4 Floyd, 19-6, on Wednesday in a semifinal game. The host Tigers turned a 2-2 tie into a 16-2 rout with 15 minutes remaining.
Northport (16-2) has won six Suffolk titles since 2002 and 10 since 1996. But last season ended with a loss to Bay Shore. So it’s fitting that Northport will face defending champ Bay Shore June 2. No. 2 , in the other semifinal.
Heroes: Sophomore attack Allie Breitfeller scored the opening two goals and added a third before halftime. Sophomore Courtney Fortunato led the team with four goals as the Tigers possessed the ball and pressed Floyd for much of the game.
Turning Point: Senior midfielder Shannon Gilroy, a Florida signee, seized the momentum with an unassisted goal with 13:04 left in the opening half. It put the Tigers in front for good at 3-2. It was part of a flurry of four goals in 2:29, the last by Gilroy to extend Northport’s lead to 6-2.
“The first time we played Floyd it was close, so we knew they could come back at any time,” Gilroy said.
Quotable: “It was sloppy,” Rose said. “But once they got at ease with the game and got the jitters out they started to settle in and score a couple of goals. They just gained confidence from there. And then it was over.”
Bottom Line: Despite two quick goals, the Tigers weren’t sharp to open the game. Rose’s troops pulled it together, but rival Bay Shore won’t be as forgiving an opponent.
“We’re pumped for that,” Breitfeller said.
Key Stat: After beating Floyd, 16-10, in a sluggish regular season meeting on the road, Northport left no doubt in the rematch. The Tigers took a 9-2 edge into halftime.
Who’s Next: Northport will face defending champ Bay Shore June 2 at 3 p.m. at the Dowling Sports Complex.Teams 1 2 F Floyd 2 4 6 Northport 9 10 19
Goals – F: Andersen 2, Reyes 2, Murphy 2; N: Fortunato 4, Allie Breitfeller 3, Gilroy 3, Theofield 2, McNally 2, Columbus, Pavinelli, Van Dyke, Gubitosi, Cook. Saves – F: Sidaras 9; N: Aymong 0, Kollmeier 1.