Manhasset edges Darien 13-12 in clash of nationally-ranked girls lacrosse teams

It was a game befitting two of the top-ranked girls lacrosse teams in the country and in the end, Kelly Trotta’s goal with 30 seconds remaining was the difference as the No. 3 Manhasset Indians edged the No. 2 Darien Blue Wave, 13-12, Thursday at DHS.

Trotta’s goal off a nice feed inside from Casey Roszko gave the Indians just their second lead of the game, as Darien had scored the first four goals and was either in front or tied for much of the game.

The loss is the first of the season for the Blue Wave and both they and Manhasset are now 8-1. In the last US Lacrosse National Top 25, released on Monday, Darien was ranked second, one spot ahead of Manhasset. Both teams trailed No. 1 McDonagh (15-0) of Maryland.

Darien received a huge offensive performance from Ashley Humphrey, who had seven points on six goals and one assist. She had a run of three consecutive goals in the first seven minutes when the Wave built an early four-goal lead.

Christine Fiore, who scored Darien’s final three goals of the first half, finished with four tallies, while Nicole Humphrey had a goal and two assists, Sarah Jaques had a goal and an assist, and Emma Jaques had two assists.

For the Indians, Trotta had five goals and one assist, Shea Garcia had four goals and one assist, and Grace Gately scored twice.

Darien had the better of play during the first half, but couldn’t shake the Indians, who answered the bell several times.

After the wave took a 4-0 lead, Manhasset responded with four straight goals to tie the game. Ashley Humphrey scored twice for a 6-4 Darien lead, but Manhasset goals by Gately and Garcia tied the score again.

Fiore’s three-goal run made it 9-6 in favor of Darien at halftime, and Ashley Humphrey’s sixth goal made it 10-6 early in the second half, but the Manhasset defense held the Wave to just two goals over the final 22 minutes.

Bellucci tied the game at 11-11 with 14:30 minutes remaining, and Garcia gave the Indians their first lead at 12-11 with less than 13 minutes to go.

Darien’s Nicole Humphrey tied the score with 3:23 to play, but Manhasset took the lead for good when Trotta netted her fifth goal in the closing minute.

Manhasset, NY, 13, Darien 12

Thursday, April 26, at DHS

Manhasset 6-7 13

Darien 9-3 12

Manhasset: Kelly Trotta 5g, 1a; Shea Garcia 4g, 1a; Grace Gately 2g, 1a; Katie Bellucci 1g, 1a; Maria Themelis 1g; Allison Lane 1a; Casey Roszko 1a

Darien: Ashley Humphrey 6g, 1a; Christine Fiore 4g; Nicole Humphrey 1g, 2a; Sarah Jaques 1g, 1a; Emma Jaques 2a; Maddie Joyce 1a

Goalies

M – Krissy Kowalski

D – Maggie Brooks

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Darien’s Nicole Humphrey (1) goes against the Staples’ defense during a victory earlier this season. — Dave Stewart photo

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