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Seaford Girls Lacrosse in County Semifinals Thursday

Lady Vikings will battle North Shore at Adelphi for right to play for Class C title next week.

The Seaford girls lacrosse team is two wins from a Nassau County Class C title but a stiff test awaits the Lady Vikings in the semifinals Thursday.

Third-seeded Seaford (12-4) will face second-seeded North Shore (12-3), who gave the the Vikings one of their few defeats in the regular season, on Thursday at Adelphi University for the right to play for a county championship. In the teams' lone meeting this season, North Shore posted a 20-12 victory at Seaford on April 21 in which the Viking fell behind 13-5 at halftime. North shore also last year in the semis. 

Seaford reached the semifinal stage of the county playoffs with a convincing 20-14 win against Island Trees last Wednesday in the quarterfinal round that featured seven goals from sophomore Emma Schait and six tallies by senior Cortland-bound attacker Amelia Taylor. The offensive production by Taylor and Schait in the playoff opener has typified Seaford's success in 2012 of getting production from veterans and younger players. 

"We have done a nice job balancing our senior leadership with younger players," said Seaford girls lacrosse head coach Kurt Dankerbrink.

In addition to Taylor, other seniors who have stepped up for the Lady Vikings have been Limestone-bound goalie Diana Rice, Saint Leo's-bound Jessica Torrent, Carolyn Lo Strappo and Jacklyn DelPozzo. Dankerbrink said the focus since the preseason has been focusing on "team" and he has been happy with how the seniors have stepped up their play on and off the field leading the younger players. 

"When it comes to the playoffs you need your younger players to step up because it might be their last game," he said. 

The Seaford-North Shore semifinal game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at Adelphi's Motamed Field. If Seaford wins it would face the winner of the other semifinal between Cold Spring Harbor and Locust Valley in the Nassau County Class C title game on May 30 at Adelphi. 

Lorraine DeVita May 23, 2012 at 05:30 PM
not that i want to start a war of the sexes here, but why do the boys teams wear helmuts and the girls teams dont? Do Girls have harder heads? Safety FIRST! WEAR helmuts!
Andrew Coen May 23, 2012 at 06:02 PM
@Lorraine- The rules in girls lacrosse are different from boys lacrosse with no body checking. Many people still however feel girls lacrosse should have helmets.
Lorraine DeVita May 23, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Andrew, Sticks and balls will fly! My concern is girls should always be AS protected as the boys because they are just as competitve if not more so in some cases and just as likely to get hurt. These are Athletes regardless of gender and equality should always encompass SAFETY.
Lorraine DeVita May 23, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Wishing the seaford girls good luck and somebody please buy these girls helmuts!

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