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All Great Things Must Come To An End

Manhasset Indians face defeat after

valiant effort in state semifinal

For the first time since 2005, the Manhasset Indians won the Long Island championship and took home a quarterfinal win last week on Motamed Field at Adelphi University. Unfortunately, the dream of a state championship ended in upstate Cortland, as the girls’ lacrosse team fell to Brighton in the Class B girls’ lacrosse semifinal.

Though obviously frustrated and disappointed in coming so close to the state finals after a long and promising season, the ladies of Manhasset can still see the promise in the future of the team.

Stars of last week quarterfinal win were Julia Glynn and Natalie Stefan, along with 11 other juniors, five sophomores, and freshman midfielder Erin Barry, who was named to the all-tournament team.

The season’s run included major accomplishments such as a 16-4 regular season record, a No. 5 national ranking, and an emotional victory over the heavily favored Garden City team, which had previously won a record seven straight state Class B titles.

It was tough for the 10 seniors who suffered defeat considering how close their semifinal game ended up being. After a 4-3 lead for Manhasset early in the first half, Brighton retook the lead and never looked back in a close match up. The Indians continuously fought back to tie the game numerous times, including a fast-break goal that tied the game less then a minute before Brighton eventually broke the tie for the last time.

Considering the tremendous talent returning for Manhasset next year, the sky appears to be the limit for the blue and orange in 2014.