- Last Updated: 1:29 AM, May 22, 2012
- Posted: 2:29 AM, May 21, 2012
All Victoria Orlick kept saying to herself was “net, net, net.”
“The game has to end now, with a win for our team,” the Tottenville star said.
Needing a goal to secure a city title, Orlick picked up the rebound of a shot 15 yards from the cage. She dashed right, releasing the shot just before the crease over Erin Jacobson’s right shoulder and into the net. The senior’s score finally put an end to a grueling game against rival Curtis and gave Tottenville a 15-14, four-overtime win for its second straight PSAL Class A girls lacrosse crown Sunday at Aviator Sports Complex. The school's boys team later also won a city title.
“I made it my moment,” Orlick said. “I said you know what I’m going for it.”
Orlick, who scored with 1:04 left in the second sudden death period, slapped sticks with her teammates as she ran out and was mobbed by her bench and coaches at midfield. The goal was her fourth of the game. Nicole Tantillo had five, Anisa Gjimishka had three and Stephanie Soboleva added a goal and two assists. Top-seeded Tottenville (15-1), which beat No. 3 Curtis (12-5) in last year’s final, split the two regular-season meetings.
“You are thinking do what we taught you,” Pirates coach Leonard Hession said of his thoughts as Orlick went to goal. “She is the one we want to have the ball in her stick at the most critical times.”
It appeared like the winner would never come in a back-and-forth affair after Curtis jumped ahead 4-0 and took a 6-5 lead into the half. The Pirates scored three straight goals, two from Orlick, to finally go ahead 10-9 on a Gjimishka score with 3:47 left in regulation. The Pirates sent the game into overtime when Maria Cacciapuoti found the back of net the with less than a minute remaining.
“It was so intense,” Tantillo said. “What? Four overtimes? You can’t get crazier than that. You can’t give up.”
Jacobson was the story in the extra session as her team refused to give up the game without a fight. She made a save on Orlick to keep the game knotted at 13 after the first OT, stopped Samantha Siciliano to send the game to sudden death tied at 14 and collected to more tough saves to force a fourth overtime. Warriors star Taylor O’Gara scored six times and was named the game’s MVP. She had the tying goal with 42 seconds left in the first overtime, but could not produce the winner. Sister Nicole O’Gara had three goals and Acacia Metz chipped in two.
“I’m not disappointed at all,” O’Gara said. “I thought we fought hard to get here and I am so proud of my team.”
Unlike last season when Tottenville rolled to a title it had to rebound from a league loss to Curtis and staved off defeat in close wins over Beach Channel, Midwood and Cardozo. Orlick talked about how this was this group's time. They could no longer rely on sisters Megan and Patricia Kane and Christina DaDona. This time she created her own moment.
“I want to be the leader so before anyone else you would think of me,” Orlick said.
Now she will never be forgotten.