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Girls lax makes it to championship game

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This season, Bayport-Blue Point girls varsity lacrosse captured their fourth championship in eight seasons. The Bayport-Blue Point Phantoms won the Suffolk County Class C Championship defeating Shoreham-Wading River, 10-6.

Sunday afternoon, the Phantoms lost the Long Island Championship to Manhasset at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium at Stony Brook University. Last year was historic and momentous. Bayport-Blue Point reached the pinnacle of success winning the Long Island Championship, and due to COVID-19 restrictions there was no state championship. The Phantoms reached the top of the mountain last spring and history was made, as it was the first time BBP girls lax won the Long Island Championship in the history of Bayport-Blue Point High School.

To make it even more gratifying, the varsity lax squad had a perfect season with not one blemish, going undefeated and affixing a justifiable 18-0 record. Last June, the Bayport-Blue Point Phantoms defeated the Manhasset Indians 6-5 at Bethpage High School by a score of 6-5. Haydin Eisfeld broke the 5-5 tie late in the title game, tallying her team’s sixth goal of the afternoon with 1:56 remaining in the Long Island Championship for the game-winning goal, sending her team and the Bayport-Blue Point faithful into a jubilant frenzy celebrating the historic feat.

Two years prior, BBP notched their second Suffolk County Championship in six years with a 7-6 win in the 2019 the Suffolk Title Game. They beat the Mount Sinai Mustangs, who were the No.1 seed. The following week, the Phantoms lost the Long Island Championship, 5-4, to Cold Spring Harbor at Adelphi University. In 2014, BBP won the Suffolk County Title defeating Mount Sinai, who was undefeated at 18-0. The championship game was held at Dowling College and BBP lacrosse completed the comeback, concluding an 11-9 victory and inaugurating the inception of their success which has all come in under a decade.

This spring Bayport-Blue Point varsity girls lacrosse had one mission in mind and that was to replicate all their recent attainments. Their record was an awe-inspiring 16-2, ripping off nine consecutive victories to start the season. In the season opener, they were on the road at Rocky Point and pulled out a 4-3 win, and the second game in the home opener on 200 Snedecor Avenue was a blowout win against Harborfields, 16-5. April 4th was Game 3 of the season and it was time for a rivalry matinee as they traveled to their closest geographical adversary, taking down the Sayville Golden Flashes 11-8 on their heated rival’s home turf on Greeley Avenue.

Six more wins commenced against Shoreham-Wading River, West Islip, Eastport-South Manor, East Islip, West Babylon, and Mount Sinai. They took their first loss in the column and their only regular season loss on April 25. On the road, the Comsewogue Warriors narrowly escaped having the upper hand in a 6-5 win. That loss fueled nothing but motivation, as BBP lax had four more monopolizing wins to conclude the regular season. They devoured their opponents in four consecutive blowouts, beating Westhampton Beach 18-6, Smithtown West 16-7, then trouncing Miller Place 12-4, and then put an exclamation point on the dominant regular season in a 16-4 invigorating win at Kings Park.

In the first round of the postseason, The Phantoms steered their way to victory using their leverage of home-field advantage, hosting and defeating Rocky Point 7-4. That earned them a trip to the Suffolk County Class C Championship. It was a 7 p.m. game held at Newfield High School under the lights front and in the big spotlight for a win-or-go-home game, with the victor to be awarded the Suffolk County trophy. Bayport-Blue Point outlasted the Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats 10-6 to win the back-to-back Suffolk County Championship and their fourth in eight seasons.

On Sunday, BBP girls lacrosse lost the Long Island Championship to Manhasset 8-6 at Stony Brook. Mikaela Mooney led the team in goals and points scoring 32 goals, tallying 41 points with nine assists, including a three-goal game against Shoreham-Wading River in early April; four goals against Westhampton Beach at the tail end of April; and came up clutch when it mattered most, captivating a flare for the dramatic and showing ice water in her veins with four goals in the Suffolk County Championship. Senior Natalie Fabrizio was second on the team in points with 37, notching 16 goals and 21 assists. Katie Clare was second on the team in goals scored with 27 and third on the team in points with 31 credited with four assists. Aubrie and Haydin Eislfeld were tremendous offensive contributors and key assets to the team’s success. Senior Mairead Kelly distributed much for the offensive juggernaut, ascribing 26 points, registering 14 goals, and tallying 12 assists.

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