There was a wall of white jerseys in front of her, but Christina Commons saw only Brown -- Kaitlyn Brown that is.
And it's really no wonder. The two girls have known each other since PYA Little League and have an easy off-the-field rapport that translates on the field in the form of second nature passes, lightning quick scores and, Wednesday, a 14-7 Nassau Conference A-I girls lacrosse win for Port Washington over host Oceanside in both teams' season opener.
It was an effort that featured six goals by Brown, one on a feed from Commons, who finished with three assists and a goal of her own.
"I can tell which way she's going to cut and there are times Chrissy gives me the eye," said Brown, who added an assist in a game in which Port Washington trailed for only one minute and nine seconds. "It's the eye that says, 'if you don't pass me the ball right now, I'm going to be annoyed.' "
Port Washington scored three straight from 21:14 to Commons' heavily-defended overhand blast with 17:43 left in the first half to help erase Danielle Montano's opening tally for Oceanside. The Vikings led 7-3 at the half, their final score of the period coming when Brown, a senior midfielder, cut to the crease to finish Commons' high feed over a wall of three Oceanside defenders.
The two work effortlessly off each other, but were bolstered by Lauren Desimone, who added four goals, three in the second half, including one with 14:01 left to give Port Washington a 10-5 lead.
This, after the Sailors had drawn to within 8-5 on back-to-back goals from Sydney Oshinsky. The sophomore midfielder added an assist and Stephanie Keane also had two goals and an assist.
"I feel like we passed really great," Desimone said. "We knew going into this that this was going to be a tough game and, as a team, we worked great on defense."
It was also, Commons said, something of a statement game. Port Washington eliminated Oceanside from last year's playoffs, and "even if we lost a few seniors we wanted to prove that we were just as strong as last year," she said. "They're a feisty team."