The road to a second consecutive PSAL girls lacrosse title has been relatively smooth for Tottenville.
And then came the trip to Queens, a nearly three-hour tour Friday afternoon that delayed the start of a showdown with host Cardozo by 30 minutes.
“Oh my gosh, it was a long one and a tiring one,” Tottenville senior middie Victoria Orlick said. “You start to get sore. But you have to stay focused and have a good mindset. Some good pump-up music helps, too.”
Tottenville’s battle on the field was similar to navigating the Brooklyn/Queens Expressway, but the Pirates found a way in both situations, albeit barely, coming away with a 6-5 victory.
“We just want to get wins, whether they’re pretty or ugly,” Tottenville coach Leonard Hession said. “Sometimes you need to win a game like this because we’ve been playing great the last few weeks since the Curtis loss [on April 5]. Maybe you need a win like this to remind yourself you still have a lot of work to do.”
It was a much tighter contest than Tuesday’s meeting in Huguenot, where the Pirates cruised to a 13-4 victory.
In that game, Tottenville (10-1), ranked No. 4 in New York City by MSG Varsity, raced out to an 11-4 halftime lead. On Friday, Orlick put the Pirates in front, but Carly Chierico had the immediate response. When Maria Cacciapuoti gave the visitors a 2-1 lead on a free position goal, Leah Revello leveled the score at 2 shortly thereafter.
“We can play with anyone, we really can,” said Chierico, who scored twice for the Judges, increasing her season total to 33 goals. “We just have to play fearlessly and play as a team. When we’re having fun together, that’s when we play the best. That’s what we did and we showed we could stay in a game with a top team and that we are a top team.”
Tottenville seized control late in the first as Jessica Agostino scored twice and Orlick added the second of her three goals to put the Pirates in front, 5-2.
However, No. 7 Cardozo (6-4) refused to go down without a fight. Angelina Borukhova cut the Judges halftime deficit to two and, after Orlick netted her third – and 36th on the season – Milana Larin pulled Cardozo to within 6-4.
Chierico added her second just before the final whistle, but Tottenville’s return trip to Huguenot was a lot more pleasant, in part, because of Orlick’s senior leadership.
“She’s been a player who has seen significant time for four years now. She’s a senior leader, a captain and someone we know we can rely on,” Hession said. “When the game is on the line, you go to your go-to players. You look to your senior leader and she’s been through many wins and a couple of big losses. Being a senior and being the special player she is made the difference today.”
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