BABYLON, NY -- Mount Sinai goaltender Julia Michaels knew she had to make one more save.
The sophomore netminder and her Mustangs were up 12-10 with just under a minute to left and looked poised to run out the clock. But a Babylon steal sent senior Kristen McGovern out on a clear breakaway.
Michaels squared up the oncoming attack with 20 seconds and stopped a laser beam just four meters out in front of the net to preserve the two-goal lead as last year’s NYS Class C finalists topped Babylon, 12-10.
“I saw the clock with 25 seconds left and I just knew I had to make one more save,” Michaels said after the game.
Michaels survived an onslaught of Babylon pressure in the second half as the Mustangs saw what was an early 6-1 lead diminish into both 7-7 and 10-10 ties in the final 25 minutes.
But the goalie wouldn’t let the 10 goals against bring her down.
“You can’t think of how many goals you let up you have to think about how many saves you have to make next,” Michaels commented. “I was taught at a young age, you have you just have to think about the next goal and just leave behind whatever you let in.”
Offensively, the Mustangs were sparked by freshman Sydney Pirreca who notched five goals and an assist, with four of those tallies coming in the first half.
With Mount Sinai already up a goal to start the game, Pirreca got her evening started eight minutes in on an unassisted tallied, firing one past Babylon goaltender Kate Wilson. Affter assisting on Mary Ellen Carron’s tally to make it 3-0, Pirreca bounced a free position attempt in behind Wilson for a four-goal lead.
A minute and a half later, the talented freshman would rattle off two more goals in just 16 seconds to round out the Mustangs first-half scoring to give Mount Sinai a 6-1 lead.
Babylon would eventually fight and claw its way back into the game despite the large early deficit.
With Babylon down 6-2 in the waning minutes of the Shelby Fredericks would put the Panthers on her back by scoring four straight as Babylon would tie things up at 7-7 in the second half.
After Mount Sinai tallied three straight of its own to go up 10-7, Babylon returned serve which included another tally from Fredericks to even things up at 10-10. However, a late yellow card would see the Mustangs go up an extra girl and Danielle Della Rocca would tally two goals in 27 seconds on the advantage to give Mount Sinai the 12-10 victory.
With the win, Mount Sinai improves to 7-2 overall, while Babylon drops to 6-3.