The girls lacrosse team kicked off its run toward a Long Island championship Monday by defeating Middle Country 15-5 in their first playoff game.
Senior Shannon Gilroy scored three goals and four others scored two goals each in the win.
The Tigers finished undefeated in league play this season and know teams are going to play them much tougher this playoffs but Middle Country just didn’t have the talent to compete.
Northport’s Yale bound senior Erin Magnuson opened the scoring in the first half with back-to-back goals on two offensive sets where the Tigers displayed great ball movement and that set the tone for the blowout victory.
After Shannon Gilroy put the Tigers up 3-0 less than four minutes into the game, Middle Country’s Nicky Ortega managed to score after a penalty, giving the Mad Dogs hope they could pull off the upset.
That just wasn’t the case on this day. Despite managing three goals in the first half, the Mad Dogs found themselves down 7-3 with 30 seconds left when Northport added two more goals.
Northport took the momentum from the 9-3 first half lead and closed out Middle Country for the 15-5 never getting tested the rest of the way.
The Tigers will now face the winner of fourth seed William Floyd vs. fifth seed Ward Melville on Wednesday at 4 p.m. (weather permitting). Either way, the Tigers will be favored to advance to the county finals to take place at Dowling College next Thursday.
Heroes: Shannon Gilroy wasn’t needed to be the only option today as nine different Tigers scored on this day. She had three goals herself but Northport got two goals each from Erin Magnuson, Mary Pat Theofield, Paige Bonomi, Cortney Fortunato.
Turning Point: After Middle Country’s Shannon Coleman scored with 1:22 left in the first half to make the score 7-3, the team was fired up and seemed to gather some momentum. Northport needed to quell that run and did so getting two goals at the 29 second mark and one second mark. They never looked back.
Quotables: Northport's head coach Carol Rose didn’t have much to say after the win other than, “I’m glad we got offense from numerous different girls today, we played like a team and that’s always the best way to win in the playoffs.”
Bottom Line: Northport is a great team made up of solid leadership from their seniors and a talented bunch of underclassmen and if they don’t finish with at least the Long Island Championship then they might consider the season a loss. It won’t be easy to win it, but for other teams, it won’t be easy to beat these Tigers.
Who’s Next: Northport will play the winner of Ward Melville vs. William Floyd on Wednesday May 25th at home at 4 p.m.Teams 1st 2nd F Northport 9 6 15 Middle Country 3 2 5
Goals: NPT: Gilroy 3, Magnuson 2, Theofield 2, Bonomi 2, Fortunato 2, Pavinelli, Nelson, Van Dyke, Allie Breitfeller. MC: Ortega 2, Kravitz, Coleman, Agostino.