Seaford's Carolyn Lo Strappo bore down on freshman goalie Haley Crosson in the last 3:30 of the Nassau Class C showdown, weaving through defenders until it was just her and the keeper. Crosson was a platoon player brought in for her game-saving ability to go up with a prayer and come down with the ball.
"She had a lot on the table," Cold Spring Harbor girls lacrosse coach Danielle Skakandi said. "She's a big-save goalie who makes the save you don't expect the goalie to make. She's good with high shots . . . or the fast break when they've beaten the defenders and you think that this is going to be a goal."
Lo Strappo's shot was high, and Crosson did what she does best. Seconds later, on a free-position attempt, Crosson again made the stop, this time all but ensuring Cold Spring Harbor's 14-12 win in Conference BC Tuesday.
"She went high and I was there," said Crosson, who had nine saves in one half of play. On the ensuing free position: "I just kept my eye on the ball. It's mostly reaction, but I saw how they'd shot before and I knew where it was going to be."
The saves kept the Seahawks' lead at 13-11, but most importantly squashed a surging Seaford, which had scored two straight goals by Emma Schait and Jennifer Molnar. After staking a 3-0 lead four minutes into the game, the Vikings (6-2) eventually ceded the lead on Katherine Rueger's forced turnover and goal to give Cold Spring Harbor a 5-4 lead with 7:58 left in the first half.
"The first three goals were tough because we were expecting to come out on fire," said Victoria Kotowski (two goals, one assist). "We wanted to prove to our big competition, North Shore, that we were the big competition."
Message delivered: Cold Spring Harbor (9-0) never trailed after taking the lead on Rueger's goal, which ignited a 4-0 run that lasted till Schait's free position with 1:18 left in the first half. Seaford's Amelia Taylor had five goals and two assists and goalie Diana Rice made 18 saves.
The key, said Holly Logan (five goals) was opening up in transition: "We were passing the ball in transition. Their defense spread out because our offense was spread out."