After winning a draw, Alex Fehmel promptly began darting toward the wrong end of the field. Whoops!
Never mind. The midfielder quickly swung a U-turn, outran everybody down field, beat the goalie in a one-on-one and gave Shoreham-Wading River the lead for good in the second half.
Later, with less than three minutes left and the Wildcats up 3, Fehmel took her eyes off a pass toward the sideline and the ball rolled out of bounds for a turnover. Sacred Heart capitalized immediately on Maeve Quinn's goal with 2:18 remaining. Whoops!
Never mind. Fehmel won the ensuing draw, enabling SWR to run out the clock. "I had to make up for [the gaffe]," she said with a chuckle, after the Wildcats edged Sacred Heart, 13-11, Monday.
Having been informed it'll be the No. 1 seed in the Suffolk Class C girls lacrosse playoffs, SWR could have come out flat for this non-league game. That would've been a major "whoops." But never mind.
"Technically, it didn't matter, but it did," said Lauren Lustgarten, who had two goals and an assist. "Going into the playoffs, we wanted to prove something to ourselves."
Sacred Heart, which entered ranked 28th in the country, beat SWR last season, and this year had topped Mount Sinai and North Shore -- Class C elites the Wildcats could possibly face. "This was a big confidence-booster for us," Katie Boden said.
Jessica Angerman had three goals and two assists for SWR (13-3). Boden, Shannon Rosati and Paulina Constant each scored twice. Lauren Daly made 10 saves, including one on a free-position shot with 18:40 left, protecting a one-goal lead.
Fehmel's breakaway goal put the Wildcats up 8-7 with 20:58 remaining. They went ahead 12-8 when Fehmel intercepted a pass and fed Alyssa Pearce for a score with 8:00 left.
Meghan Breen had five goals, Nina Corcoran two goals and three assists and Emma Salter made seven saves for Sacred Heart (15-3).