Berger & Defense Lead Lax Past Portledge

Carlo, Eugene & Berger defend earlier this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On Friday afternoon, the girls’ lacrosse team topped Portledge, 9-2, in Locust Valley to grab sole possession of first place in the PSAA and take another major step on their championship timeline that began in 2016.

That season, girls’ lacrosse returned to the athletic fields for the first time in a decade as the Blue & White began their second chapter as a JV team. In 2019 they returned to the varsity level, won their first varsity game, and made the playoffs for the first time in program history. In 2021 they finally beat Long Island Lutheran, who had won the previous three PSAA Championships, and earned the first home playoff game in program history. Friday was another milestone as they emphatically beat Portledge, the defending champions, for the first time and took the inside track on the first title of any kind in the history of the program.

The Bears dominated possession in the first half on the way to a 4-0 halftime edge. The defense ensured that would be all the offense the Blue & White would need, but the Brook tucked away five more goals for good measure on the way to the lopsided win. Alexis Savage, Long Island’s leading private school scorer, once again was the offensive catalyst with 5 goals, 4 draw controls, and 12 ground balls. Mia Trama (2G), Natalia Pagano (1G/ 1A), and Nikki Carlo (1G) rounded out the scoring. But the story of the game was the Blue & White defense that shut out the Panthers in the first half before making sure the hosts didn’t threaten in the second half. Emily Berger was stalwart between the pipes with 16 saves while Georgia Apazidis, Tiffany Akinyoade, Christy Eugene, and Nikki Carlo never allowed the Panthers to get comfortable in the offensive zone.

The undefeated Bears are back in action this afternoon in a match-up with Columbia Prep at Randall’s Island.

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