Growing up in Garden City, lacrosse players heard about the high school team making states, and dreamed they would have the same opportunity one day.
This season the Trojans started to see the possibility of the dream come true.
They beat Manhasset in the Nassau Class B final to win their first county title since 2012.
The Trojans faced one more obstacle before they could board a bus and compete for the state title. On Sunday afternoon, led by senior midfielder Katie Muldoon, Garden City defeated Eastport-South Manor 10-6 in the Long Island Class B final at Stony Brook’s LaValle Stadium to make the childhood dream a reality.
It is the Trojans first LIC since 2012 and its 16th in program history.
“The whole team wanted to make it to states,” said Muldoon, one of 17 seniors on the team. “We’ve been so close this year and we weren’t going to let this season end today.”
Garden City (19-1), ranked No. 1 in the Tri-State by MSG Varsity, controlled the tempo early. It won the possession battle by winning draw controls and ground balls. Once it had the ball, it worked the ball around and ran its offense. It used four different scorers to build a 4-0 lead.
“We all played as a team and played really well,” said UMass-bound senior Brooke McDaid, who scored three goals.
Eastport-South Manor (14-5), ranked No. 14 in the Tri-State by MSG Varsity, answered back. USC-bound junior Kelsey Huff (one goal), and USC-bound senior Kaeli Huff (two goals) scored two goals in 57 seconds to make it 4-2.
But the Trojans’ defense was able to respond shutting down the dangerous Lady Sharks attack led by the Huff sisters.
In the second half, Muldoon displayed her offensive skills. She used her speed and stick skills to get into the eight-meter fan and drew free positions. She converted on two straight tries to increase Garden City’s lead to 6-2.
Muldoon then scored two of the Trojans’ next three goals and made it 9-4.
“We have so many offensive players that can score and help contribute to our success,” said Muldoon, who scored five goals and recorded two assists. “Today was my turn.”
The senior’s big game wasn’t a surprise to Trojans’ coach Diane Chapman.
“Katie has been doing that all season,” Chapman said. “She’s an incredible athlete, she’s a finisher.”
The five-goal lead was enough for Garden City’s defense led by Holy Cross-bound Juliana Kubler (eight saves)
“I reacted and was ready for anything they threw at me,” the senior goalie said.
The Trojans move on to the NYS Class B semifinals at SUNY-Cortland where they face Victor Friday at Noon and look to continue their dream season and come home with a state title.
“We’re taking it one game at a time and hopefully we come back with the state championship,” Muldoon said.