Livecast primer: PSAL Class A girls lax final
Tottenville and Curtis were almost destined to meet in the PSAL Class A girls final, which will be live on MSGVarsity.com Sunday at 3 p.m. from Aviator Sports Complex.
That’s because the Staten Island squads will be playing in the city title contest for the fifth time. Tottenville, which has reached the final every year since the inaugural championship in 2005, has won the crown three times, including a 9-4 victory last year. Curtis won its lone title in 2008.
Top-seeded Tottenville (14-1), ranked No. 4 in New York City by MSG Varsity, earned a bye into the semifinals and knocked off No. 5 Beach Channel, 12-8, to reach the final again. Standout senior Victoria Orlick had four goals, junior Maria Cacciapuoti added three and Nicole Tantillo and Samantha Siciliano added two apiece for the Pirates. First-year goalie Rebecca Fishkis was stellar, making nine saves.
It was a rematch of the 2010 title game, won by the Dolphins.
“We were thinking this is our game, this is our field, they cannot beat us,” Orlick said after the semifinal win. “We have to show them what we have. A few years ago they beat us in the championship and we didn’t want this to happen.”
Third-seeded Curtis (11-4) beat Hunter College HS 15-5 in the quarterfinals and then knocked off second-seeded Midwood, 15-14, in a four-overtime thriller to reach the title game.
The Warriors, ranked No. 5 in New York City by MSG Varsity, are led by arguably the city’s best player in senior midfielder Taylor O’Gara, who had six goals in the semifinal to increase her season total to a PSAL-best 91 goals.
Acacia Metz had four goals and an assist and Agnieszka Buczek and Rachael Cusick scored twice for the Warriors.
Tottenville and Curtis split a pair of regular-season meetings. The Warriors pulled out an 11-9 win at home on April 9, while the Pirates earned a measure of revenge in a 14-11 victory in Huguenot May 8.