2009-05-08 / Sports

Host Beach Channel Sliced By Visiting Lady Pirates

By Elio Velez

The 2009 girls' lacrosse season for the Beach Channel can be considered a success so far. On a cloudy and grim afternoon on Tuesday afternoon, the Lady Dolphins encountered one of their few hiccups of the season.

Visiting Tottenville handed the Beach Channel Lady Dolphins their worst loss of the season. Dana Coscia scored five goals and Erin Murphy added three as the Pirates won 15-7.

Tottenville, who improved to 10-1 in the PSAL South Division, avenged their earlier 12-10 home loss to the Lady Dolphins with a comprehensive performance.

The Lady Pirates attacked early and often, taking a 3-0 lead. Though Beach Channel cut the deficit to 3-2 in the first half, three consecutive point blanks saves by Tottenville goalkeeper Gina Haber turned the momentum to the visitor's favor.

Tottenville scored the next seven goals of the half and took a commanding 10-2 lead. Defensively, they held the explosive Lady Dolphins leading scorer Cynthia Smalls to only three goals in the second half. The loss gave Beach Channel coach Sam Innes a lot to think about.

"They communicated better and when we got tired, we stopped communicating and when the lungs go, the mouth is the first thing to go with it," Innes said.

"We stopped communicating and we made big mistakes on defense."

Beach Channel still has an impressive 9-2 record in the South Division, but the Tottenville game was the start of a three-game stretch where they will face tough teams.

Beach Channel had enjoyed a three-game winning streak but their victories came over struggling James Madison, AP Randolph and Stuyvesant.

But Tuesday's game at home against Frederick Douglass Academy, who is 6-3 and Thursday's regular season finale at Midwood, who are 9-1 and defeated the Lady Dolphins this season, are pivotal matches.

The loss to Tottenville serves a wakeup call to step up the intensity and show that their impressive season so far is not a mirage according to Smalls.

"Every game wont be easy since we been on a winning streak and I think this game kind of woke us up," Smalls said.

"It just makes us better and let us know we got to work harder because during this part of the season, we're going to be facing tougher teams."

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