By Karen Sangillo
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 7/14/19
CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. – It was a long time coming for the Legacy Lax Pride.
Legacy (West Chester, NY) rallied to defeat Ride (Binghamton, N.Y.), 8-6, today to claim the championship at the Victory Event Series Girls Summer Slam at the Proving Grounds.
It was Legacy’s first tournament win in two years, despite reaching quite a number of finals.
“I think we worked as a team,” said Maryrose Murphy, a rising senior at Carmel (N.Y.). “We make it to the finals of tournaments and we never get it – we never win – but this time we really wanted it and it showed. We were down early in the game but we showed how well we can come back and now we know we can do it.
“We have one tournament after this and we’re pumped for that one now that we won this one.”
Murphy, a midfielder, would like to play DIII, but has not chosen a school yet.
Ride (Binghamton, N.Y.) took an early 2-0 lead on goals by Jane Austenfeld and Kelsea Mitchell, but the Pride went ahead on a pair of goals by Fiona McGovern and a tally by Margaret Flocco. Ride went ahead again with back-to-back goals by Michaela Elston and Austenfeld, but Legacy went into halftime with a 5-4 lead courtesy of goals by McGovern and Flocco.
“We just really played as a team,” Flocco (Carmel) said. “The D was on point and our goalie was great so we all worked well together and that really made a difference. We were down early but we worked our way out of it. This was a really good tournament. The competition was really good, so this was a good win for us.”
Ride tied it in the second half on a goal by Mckenna Woodworth, then got another from Kerry Hayes to go up 6-5. That was the last time Ride held the lead, as Julianna Febbraio, McGovern and Paige Balassone netted goals to secure the win for Legacy.
McGovern led all scorers with four goals.
“We all have really good chemistry together and we all can count on each other,” said McGovern, a rising junior at Hendrick Hudson. “It’s not one of those teams where it’s just people going one-on-one. We have different people who can do the same job, and that’s the biggest part of it. The scoring was really spread out and that’s a good thing.
“We fell behind early but we weren’t thinking about that too much because we knew we had the whole rest of the game left. We just knew we were going to have to work a little bit harder and dig down to get back up there.
“This was definitely good for us. We earned this for all the times we’ve been there and not won, it’s time. I think this is a turning point for us. Now that we know what it feels like it gives us that much more motivation to get back there and do it again.
“We’re not going to be overconfident but it definitely makes us realize we can do it if we work hard. Next week is our last tournament until fall but I’ve had a blast this summer. I feel like playing in the off season really just helps you widen your abilities and it’s good to get experience with different coaches and get different perspectives.”
Legacy coach Taylor Scialdone was happy for the win, but happier that the team played well.
“This team really put their heart out on that field,” she said. “They had to dig deep for that last game. We feel behind early and that wasn’t a concern.
“It was more that we just needed a little pick-me-up. I didn’t doubt them at all. I knew they could win it. They play really well together as a team. They’re a great group. We have one more tournament this summer and we’re looking forward to it.”
Girls Summer Slam HS championship
Legacy 8, Ride 6
Fiona McGovern 4g
Margaret Flocco 2g
Julianna Febbriao 1g
Paige Balassone 1g
Courtney Gallagher 2 saves
Jane Austenfeld 2g
Kelsea Mitchell 1g
Michaela Elston 1g
Mckenna Woodworth 1g
Kerri Hayes 1g