2009-05-29 / Sports

BCHS Girls Advance To PSAL Lacrosse Championship

By Elio Velez

Sam Innes (pictured with hat) talks to his team in a game earlier this year. Photo by Elio Velez Sam Innes (pictured with hat) talks to his team in a game earlier this year. Photo by Elio Velez If there was any motivation for the Beach Channel girls' lacrosse team to defeat Midwood in the PSAL semifinals, they'll take a flashback to when times weren't as prosperous.

On March 31, 2007, Beach Channel was in their first year as a varsity program in the PSAL. In that game, the young Dolphins lost to an established Curtis, 15-0. It was a tough season as they ended the campaign at 3-7.

Two years later, the Lady Dolphins have established themselves as a viable contender. And they took one step closer to winning a PSAL title last Tuesday afternoon.

An 11-6 Beach Channel home victory over Midwood gives them a berth in the championship at Aviator Sports Complex on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Cynithia Smalls scored a game high four goals for the #2 Lady Dolphins. Idalia Viard and Kiara Vanbrackle added two goals each.

Beach Channel will take on either Tottenville or Curtis as their semifinal game was played as The Wave went to press.

Beach Channel led from start to finish and was able to withstand the bruises #3 Midwood afflicted in a physical battle.

"We set the goal from the beginning of the season was to be playing in the championship at the end of the seasons," Beach Channel coach Sam Innes said.

You can forgive junior Tolagbe Olatubosun, who also scored a goal for the Lady Dolphins, for celebrating a bit wildly after the game was over with her three scoring teammates.

The junior, along with her three teammates who scored against Midwood, were a part of the roster in 2007 when the team was going through growing pains. Beach Channel qualified for the playoffs in 2008, and they've continued to progress as a quick and explosive unit. The team improved to 13-2.

After defeating a physical Midwood team for the second time this season, they are certainly enjoying the ride.

"This is tremendous. First time Midwood came in here and stole one from us 7-6. We went there and won," Olatubosun said.

"We came in determined to make sure we win and face Tottenville."

Beach Channel wouldn't mind facing Curtis, who they've defeated 8-7 earlier this year. But it's the Lady Pirates though that the Dolphins would really like to face on Sunday. Tottenville handed Beach Channel their worst loss of the season, 15-7, on May 5. For the Dolphins to complete their quest on Sunday, they must continue to get production from Smalls and their other top scorers. And they must persevere when things get rough.

Viard thinks her team will have enough persistence to prevail in the end.

"Most teams have ups, but even in the downs, we stay together," said Viard.

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