2011-05-27 / Sports

H.S. Roundup: BCHS Baseball Clinches Playoff Berth

Lady Dolphins Eliminated By Tottenville
By Elio Velez

Players from Beach Channel and Tottenville scramble to pick up the loose ball in the center of the field. Photo by William Thomas. Players from Beach Channel and Tottenville scramble to pick up the loose ball in the center of the field. Photo by William Thomas. The Beach Channel/Channel View Dolphins qualified for the PSAL playoffs for the first time since 2006 when they swept August Martin in a doubleheader on May 20.

The Dolphins won 9-1, and 12-9 in the second game at August Martin to clinch a playoff spot in the PSAL ‘B’ playoffs which started on May 26. Beach Channel, who were led by first year coach Jon Mangieri, ended the season 9-7 in the Queens ‘B’ South Division and 11-8 overall. The team returned to the ‘B’ division after spending four seasons in the ‘A’ Division.

Beach Channel earned the 29th seed in the ‘B’ Division playoffs and was scheduled to play Harry Van Arsdale Educational Campus on May 26 in the first round. Van Arsdale won the Brooklyn ‘B’ North Division title with a 15-1 record. The winner will move on to the second round on May 31 against #13 John Bowne or #20 Alfred E. Smith.

Girls Lacrosse Eliminated

There will be no three-peat title for the Beach Channel/Channel View girls lacrosse team.

The dream ended on May 19 as eventual PSAL ‘A’ champions Tottenville eliminated the Dolphins at home with a 13-6 victory in the semifinals.

Senior midfielder Whitney Brown scored four goals in her final high school game and ended the season with a league high of 71. Tabitha Rosario and Courtney Gallagher each tallied a goal for the Dolphins.

Beach Channel (11-5) was unable to hold off the potent Tottenville attack as Patricia Kane and Megan Kane, who each had 3 goals. Beach Channel regained some momentum to cut the lead to 9-5 with 10:26 remaining in the second half. Their attempt tot cut the lead was halted when Brown’s close shot attempt on goal was knocked away by Pirates goalie Danielle Langan.

“They’re a great team who makes few mistakes. They move the ball so well,” Dolphins coach Sam Innes described about Tottenville. “We ran out of gas.”

The Dolphins will be a different team going into next season without the core players who had previously won two PSAL championships. For the younger players like Rosario, and a few others who have matured this season, this experience should prove to be a big boost going into next year.

“They came out and fought. I’m so proud of them,” Innes said. “It’s a big step moving into next year for a lot of these young girls. Hopefully it will make them hungrier to work.”

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