2010-04-30 / Sports

Lady Dolphins Thrill In Final Minutes To Seal Victory

By Elio Velez

The first 44 and half minutes of Beach Channel/ Channel View’s important PSAL South Division girl’s lacrosse matchup with Midwood was a cagey affair to say the least.

Midwood displayed a tenacious style of defense, but the Lady Dolphins showed enough sloppiness on their own end. That’s how they found themselves in the situation Beach Channel was facing with 5:35 remaining in the game, and the game tied at 4-4.

The Lady Dolphins have enough experience in crucial situations to overcome those obstacles. They showed their fortitude last Tuesday afternoon as Beach Channel scored three times in the final minutes to gain a 7-4 home win over Midwood.

Beach Channel’s leading scorer Cynithia Smalls scored threegoals in the game. Tolagbe Olatunbosun and Whitney Brown each scored twice for the Lady Dolphins.

Beach Channel coach Sam Innes may not have been pleased with his team’s missed passes, and defensive breakdowns against a tough divisional foe. But the team made up for mistakes with an inspired turnaround.

“It made up for that. Our players have sometimes a sense of calm, like Cynithia does when she’s out there, hat even I don’t have,” Innes said.

“They know when that moment is needed to turn it up.” Olatunbosun broke the 4-4 deadlock with a goal at the 2:15 mark. It was a welcome relief according to the Beach Channel senior midfielder.

“We did have our sloppy moments. We wasn’t catching passes, not getting the ground balls but the last five minutes sure covered that up,” Olatunbosun said.

Smalls made a cross field pass to a wide open Brown in front of the net as the midfielder scored to make it 6-4 with 1:11 remaining. Smalls ended the scoring with a goal with 41 seconds left.

“It felt great,” Brown said about the comeback. “We couldn’t lose this game.”

Beach Channel improved to 5-1 and their next stretch of games will play a big part in their division title aspirations. The Lady Dolphins will travel to James Madison High School today at 4:30 p.m. and play a makeup home game against 6-1 Frederick Douglass Academy on Saturday at 5 p.m.

The biggest game looming of the three game stretch will be a road trip to first place Tottenville as the Lady Dolphins look for revenge against the team who beat them 9-6 on April 8.

“Could I sleep better if we could blow every team out? Yes, but we like these games, it’s good for the league and that’s what it’s all about,” Innes said. “We like the games that are like this.”

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