BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Long Island Metro 1 won the Onondaga Division at the US Lacrosse Women’s National Tournament for the third year in a row, but it wasn’t easy. D.C. Metro 1 posted a spirited second half rally before Jamei Ortega scored the game-winning goal with four seconds remaining to lead Long Island to a 13-12 victory.
Kelsey Huff netted her third goal of the game to give Long Island a 12-7 lead with 11:34 remaining, but D.C. Metro then ripped off five straight goals, tying the score at 12 on back-to-back goals by Jane McAvoy. The second came with just 28 seconds remaining.
D.C. Metro won the the next draw and Sydney Watson drove towards the goal before getting her shot attempt blocked. Long Island picked up the loose ball to start transition and Ortega buried the game-winner, her third of the game.
“It was too exciting,” said Long Island coach Steven Levy.” We got a little tight at the end when they made a little bit of a run, but had two big plays at the end and it’s nice to come out on top.”
Ortega also played a major role in last year’s title, scoring four goals in the championship game. Long Island’s three straight victories is a testament to a number of things.
“It really is the biggest sport on the Island,” said Levy. “It’s played throughout Nassau and Suffolk County and just about every high school has a team. The club programs are extensive. We have a lot of kids playing.”
Following the tournament, Ortega was selected as the recipient of the Heather Leigh Albert Award, presented to the top player in the tournament. A junior from Centereach (N.Y.) High School, she is committed to the University of North Carolina. She was a finalist for the award last year, and her sister, Nikki, was a finalist in 2014.
“It’s a huge accomplishment,” said Ortega. “When I came to this tournament I saw the people that won it and I aspired to be like them, to be honored, to be that great player and now that I finally have, it feels amazing.”
The other finalists for the HLA Award were: Kelsey Dunn (D.C. Metro 1), Samantha Fish (San Diego), Jillian Girardi (Upstate NY), Madison Goucette (Philly 1), Kelsey Huff (Long Island Metro 1), Lexi Ledoyen (D.C. Metro 1), Samantha McGee (Philly 1), Olivia Muscella (Philly 1), Olivia Rosenzweig (Hudson Valley), and Grace Rotondo (D.C. Metro 1).
Six other divisions completed play on Sunday in the event which featured more than 1,000 players from 65 regional all-star teams representing 30 states.
In the Seneca Division, Hudson Valley beat D.C. Metro 2 by a 12-6 score on Sunday morning to wrap up first place in Pool A with a 3-1 record. In Pool B, Long Island 3 went undefeated with a 4-0 record to claim the pool.
In the Oneida Division, Orlando 1 came back from a loss in its first game of the tournament to claim Pool A. Orlando defeated previously unbeaten New Hampshire/Vermont 1 by an 11-8 score on Sunday to claim the pool. In Pool B, North Carolina lost its first game on Sunday, but hung on to beat Colorado 7-6 in its second Sunday tilt to claim the pool. North Carolina and D.C. Metro 4 each went 3-1, but North Carolina won the head-to-head battle, 10-4, on Saturday.
In the Tuscarora Division, South Florida went 4-0, including a 12-11 victory over last year’s Tuscarora champion Washington State, to win Pool A. In Pool B, San Diego and Philly 4 each went 3-0-1 with a 7-7 tie on Saturday. San Diego won the pool by virtue of fewer goals allowed (19 to 21) than Philadelphia.
In the Mohawk Division, Philly 5 went a perfect 4-0 to claim Pool A, highlighted by a 10-9 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday. In Pool B, Central Pennsylvania also went 4-0, winning all four of its games by at least six goals.
In the Cayuga Division, Maine and Orange County each went 3-1, but Maine won Pool A based on Saturday’s 10-6 victory. In Pool B, North Texas pulled away from Tennessee for a 13-9 victory and went 4-0 to capture the pool.
In the Iroquois Division, Kentucky knocked off previously unbeaten Orlando 2 by a 9-8 score this morning and went 4-0 to win the seven-team pool.
Orange County d. Nor Cal 2, 15-4
North Texas d. Tennessee, 13-9
Maine d. Oregon, 13-3
Los Angeles d. WNY/Greater Rochester 2, 12-10
North Coast Ohio d. Nor Cal 2, 11-5
North Texas d. Gulf Coast Florida, 19-4
Kentucky d. Orlando 2, 9-8
Wisconsin d. Connecticut 3, 12-11
South Carolina d. Central Texas, 14-4
Kentucky d. Arizona, 12-7
Philly 5 d. Massachusetts/Rhode Island 4, 9-6
Indiana d. Central Ohio, 9-8
Connecticut 2 d. New Hampshire/Vermont 2, 12-5
Central Pennsylvania d. Georgia 2, 15-6
Pittsburgh d. Massachusetts/Rhode Island 4, 13-8
Utah/Idaho d. Indiana, 8-5
New Jersey North 2 tied Philly 3, 8-8
Adirondack d. North Carolina, 6-5
Orlando 1 d. New Hampshire/Vermont 1, 11-8
New Jersey South 2 d. DC Metro 4, 12-6
Nor Cal 1 d. Philly 3, 11-6
North Carolina d. Colorado, 7-6Onondaga Division
Championship game: Long Island Metro 1 d. D.C. Metro 1, 13-12
3rd place game: Baltimore Metro d. Long Island Metro 2, 7-6
5th place game: Philly 1 d. Massachusetts/Rhode Island 1, 11-6
7th place game: New Jersey North 1 d. Massachusetts/Rhode Island 2, 12-8
New Jersey South 1 d. DC Metro 2, 8-7
DC Metro 3 d. Eastern Shore, 10-6
Upstate NY tied Philly 2, 7-7
Long Island Metro 3 d. Illinois, 14-10
Hudson Valley d. D.C. Metro 2 ,12-6
Eastern Shore d. Connecticut 1, 10-6
South Florida d. Washington, 12-11
Massachusetts/Rhode Island 3 d. DC Metro 5, 16-1
WNY/Greater Rochester 1 d. Georgia 1, 10-7
Philly 4 d. Greater Houston, 13-3
South Florida d. Virginia, 16-4
San Diego d. D.C. Metro 5, 7-5.