MANHASSET, NY -- Cassidy Meaney hasn’t scored a lot this year, but in one of the biggest games of the year for her Wantagh team, she made her second of the year count.
Meaney, a Coastal Carolina-bound senior, scored the game-winning goal with 1:06 remaining as Wantagh upended No. 8-ranked Manhasset, 12-11 in a thriller Wednesday afternoon.
With the score deadlocked at 11-11, Colleen Lovett settled herself behind the net at ‘X’ and found Meaney streaking toward the net. Meaney received the pass and in one-feld swoop fired a shot past Manhasset goaltender Kelsey Quackenbush for the 12-11 lead.
It was a play that worked out so perfectly; it looked like the team had practiced it for weeks.
“It wasn’t a set play,” Meaney said. “I saw that Colleen was being doubled (teamed) and I saw the lane and took. She made a great pass.”
The win was Wantagh’s second-straight regular season victory over Manhasset, and exacted a bit of revenge after losing to the Indians in last year’s post-season.
“(The win is) really important,” Lovett said. “We beat them last year but we lost to them in the playoffs. We just wanted to come out here and win big.”
Lovett shined in the win, leading all players on the field with five goals on the day to improve her season total to 22 tallies on the year.
The junior attack credited her teammates effort to give her space to score.
“We were pulling it out around the 12 (meter mark) and I got a lot of opportunities to work on my dodges,” Lovett said. “My teammates were giving me a lot of space to work on that. I just saw the field well today.”
She certainly saw the field well as she opened up the scoring 6:13 into the game on an unsettled situation. After receiving a long pass following a Wantagh steal, Lovett took the ball from half court all alone and split the defense on a 1-on-2 situation to score far side.
After surrendering the next three goals and going down 3-1, Wantagh took the lead again thanks to two of the next three tallies from Lovett. Both goals looked like mirror images of themselves as Lovett cut in front of the crease from behind the net and caught Quackenbush moving to find the back of the cage to give Wantagh a 4-3 lead for the hat trick.
Coming out of the half-time break which saw both teams deadlocked at 5-5, Wantagh took a quick 7-5 advantage on tallies from Tara Basile and Allie McClain. However, a yellow card on McClain gave Manhasset the momentum to score two fast goals of its own to tie it up at 7-7.
The Warriors took an 8-7 lead three minutes later on Kaleigh Craig’s second of the game, and followed it up with Lovett’s fourth of the game on a clear breakaway to give her team another two-goal advantage.
The back-and-forth action continued as Julia Glynn scored her last of four goals on the day to put Manhasset back up, 10-9. Lovett answered right back just 30 seconds later for her fifth of the game to even things yet again at 10-10.
The Indians looked to get the upper-hand as Halle Majorana, who had been unusually quiet all game, scored her first of the contest with a bullet from the left side to give Manhasset an 11-10 lead with 4:06 left.
However, Wantagh quickly fired back 40 seconds later as Craig bounced one in under the crossbar to even things up at 11-11. Two minutes later, Meaney would punch in the game-winner as Wantagh held on for the win.
Wantagh improved to 4-1 on the season, while Manhasset falls to 3-2 with the loss.