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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Strong start for South Side
Kathy Leistner/Herald
South Side's Michaela Lynch, center, avoids Baldwin's Kelsey Cohen, right, and Olivia Dominique during a 15-5 victory on April 3.

Senior midfielder Michaela Lynch scored with four minutes remaining, won the ensuing faceoff, and South Side burned the rest of the clock to secure an 11-10 Conference II girls’ lacrosse victory at Lynbrook last Friday. It was the fifth goal of the game for Lynch, who also added three assists.

“It really could’ve gone either way,” coach Meaghan Healey said after the Lady Cyclones improved to 2-0 in conference play and 4-1 overall. “We just stuck with it and found a way to win.”

Junior midfielder Hannah Serling added four goals, while the Lady Owls got five goals and one assist from senior Julia Sarnataro, and two goals and two assists from junior Chandley Borges. Lynbrook (2-3), which got 12 saves from junior goaltender Sarah Chyriwski, suffered its third one-goal defeat in five games.

“We’ve played some of the best teams in the conference,” Lady Owls coach Vincent Tetro said. “South Side has a great program. We’re a young team, and it’s encouraging we’ve played everyone tough.”

Healey said there was no plan to maintain possession throughout the final four minutes, but the Lady Cyclones took what the defense gave them and killed the clock. Senior Liz Hoeffner and junior Juliana Pellegrini chipped in a goal apiece.

It was the fourth time in five games South Side reached double digits in goals. A good chunk of the offense is coming from a midfield led by captains Lynch, an All-County performer headed to George Washington, and Hoeffner, an All-Conference selection bound for Binghamton, as well as Serling, also an All-Conference honoree.

Lynch, who last spring tallied 51 goals and 40 assists, is off to a huge start with 20 goals and 16 assists through five games. “With her skill and speed, she has the ability to dominate,” Healey said. “She’s such a great playmaker and when the defense converges, she’ll just find someone who’s open.”

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