The Massapequa girls lacrosse team advanced to the second round of the Class A playoffs with a dominating 20-3 win over East Meadow at the Field of Dreams complex Thursday afternoon.
In a game that was originally scheduled for Wednesday but postponed due to rain, the second-seeded Chiefs (11-4) found the net early and often to top the seventh-seeded Jets (7-9) and move on to play next week.
Kelsey O’Brien had a game-high four goals to lead Massapequa and Danielle Doherty added two goals and six assists. Jackie Kennedy contributed with a career-high five points, including two goals and three assists. East Meadow had three different players with a goal including midfielder Emily Fitzsimmons.
Madalyn Pimental got Massapequa on the board just 19 seconds into the game to lead 1-0. The Chiefs scored four more goals before the 20-minute mark arrived, including two from O’Brien.
Kennedy put in two consecutive goals to push the Massapequa advantage out to 7-0. East Meadow scored their first goal 10 minutes into the game on a shot by Fitzsimmons. At halftime, Massapequa led convincingly, 14-1.
With Massapequa scoring their highest first half total of the season, they opted to play many of their reserves. The Chiefs outscored the Jets 6-2 in the second half to close out their largest margin of victory this season.
Heroes: Many Chiefs played a part in the big win over the Jets, but the two goals and six assists by Danielle Doherty was the highlight of the dominating offense performance.
Turning Point: The message was made clear in the opening minutes with Massapequa jumping out to a 7-0 lead before East Meadow found the back of the net.
Quotable: “We’ve been working a lot of shooting and hitting spots to get it past the goalie and we were always working on getting the 50-50 balls to help us here,” Massapequa head coach Megan Zimmer said. “We wanted to make sure we win the majority of the faceoffs and ground balls.”
“It was a tough game because we didn’t possess against them too much and it made our defense have to constantly work against them,” East Meadow head coach Colleen McMahon said.
Bottom Line: Massapequa will match up with Port Washington in the second round, whom they defeated 16-12 at home late in the season. The loss was the second time East Meadow fell to Massapequa this season.
Key Stat: The three goals scored by East Meadow was the least scored by the Jets this season and tied for the least amount of goals given up by the Chiefs.
Who's Next: Massapequa vs. Port Washington, May 26, 6:00 p.m. @ Denton Avenue Field
Box Score:Team Record 1 2 F #7 East Meadow (7-9) 1 2 3 #2 Massapequa (11-4) 14 6 20
Goals-Assists: EM: Dazzo 1-1, Fitzsimmons 1-0, Cleary 1-0, Widmann 0-1.Totals: 3-1. M: O'Brien 4-0, M.Pimental 3-0, Doherty 2-6, Kennedy 2-3, Sadoff 2-2, Yevoli 2-1, Burke 2-1, Watson 1-0, Maisch 1-0, O'Connell 1-0. Totals: 20-13.Goalies: EM: V.DePasquale- 5 saves; M: Fiorinelli- 5 saves, S.DePasquale- 1 save.