H.S. Update: Lady Dolphins Finally Make Playoffs
Pundits believed it would stretch to 15 but this season, Coach Laurie Harris and her team would not let it happen. The Dolphins’ 5-1 win over Campus Magnet last Friday clinched a playoff berth and they will appear in the PSAL B playoffs that start this week.
The win released a wide range of joy for a team that has believed wholeheartedly that a playoff berth was in reach. As the team celebrated, the win left Harris speechless.
After coaching seven seasons for the Dolphins (7-4-0, Queens BIII, third place), she departed the team in the 2004 season. In her return to coaching, Harris had one goal in mind for this season and that was making the playoffs. After finally being able to recover her voice, she said that the mission was accomplished.
“This is so exciting. This is so cool. This is the first time in 14 years we made the playoffs,” said Harris, who was lifted and carried by her team after the game. “They’re all working together. They have fun. They come to practice and they root for each other.”
At one point in the season, Beach Channel was at 3-4 and at a crossroads. With a 1-0 win over Richmond Hill before the spring break, it started their current four game winning streak.
The pressure hasn’t affected goalkeeper Lauren Carter, who has turned away a ton of shots at the net this season. Her 13 saves turned away good scoring chances by Campus Magnet.
For a veteran team with 8 seniors, Carter says it was an only a matter of time that their talent would translate into wins.
“She (Coach Harris) lets us play. She puts in her plans but we’re allowed to play our game,” Carter said.
“It feels awesome. We just came together and we always had the talent but we just were never able to come together as a team.”
The Lady Dolphins were eliminated 3-2 by Boys and Girls in the semifinals of the PSAL ‘B’ Championships at Beach Channel.
In the second round of the ‘B’ playoffs, Beach Channel’s men’s team lost a 3-2 home decision to Thomas Edison. Randall Ramchatsingh won in singles competition but his brother Timothy and Gabriel Martinez lost singles matches.
Far Rockaway will capture the Queens BIII championship as of press time with a 4-0 win over Richmond Hill last Tuesday. Troy-Ann Bailey and Shickon Asfall scored two goals each for the Seahorses, who improved their record to 9-1-1 with one game remaining.
Beach Channel cruised to 16-2 win over Hillcrest to remain in first place in Queens B with a 13-0 record. Far Rockaway has stumbled with two league losses to Springfield Gardens and Campus Magnet last week. Their record is 8-5 and in third place.
The Dolphins kept rolling with two league wins to remain second place behind Van Buren in Queens South B. The division will be decided this Tuesday when Beach Channel hosts their first place rivals at 4 p.m. It will be the final game of the regular season. Far Rockaway was blown out by Van Buren, 14-3 and now have a 7-5 record.
In a correction to my column last week on the reorganization of Far Rockaway High School: the varsity football team also won the city championship in 1969 and 1970.