Long Island

Streak is over: Manhasset crowned Nassau champs

by Stephen Haynes on
Sun, Nov 11, 2012 10:10 PM

Updated Mon, Nov 12, 2012 12:34 PM

A group of fans braved the cold at Adelphi, showing off their "M-A-N-H-A-S-S-E-T" chest paint and chanting. In the game's waning minutes, out came the "I believe that we will win" cheer. Easier sung by the fans than done by the players against Garden City, winners of 18 straight county titles.

But the Indians did.

Seconds after the chant began, Abby Kucharczyk scored off a penalty corner with 4:06 left as No. 2 Manhasset stunned the top-seeded Trojans, 1-0, last night, wrestling away the Nassau Class B title.

"We wanted it so bad; we needed it," Kucharczyk said. "It's amazing."

Garden City drew a penalty corner just before time expired, but Manhasset's Sarah Barcia deflected the insert pass to clinch the Indians' first title since 2002 -- when Garden City (15-2) was in Class A. "For us to beat a dynasty is a great accomplishment," coach Steve Sproul said.

Jensen Polizzotto made six saves for Manhasset (13-2), which faces the winner of the Miller Place/Rocky Point game in tomorrow's LI championship.

"All good things come to an end," Trojans coach Diane Chapman said. "Manhasset is a great team."


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