Here is Phil Terrigno’s story on John Jay’s win.
BEDFORD In the May 25 game that ended with John Jay capturing its first section title since 1994, the Indians upset Yorktown on the strength of an early five-goal advantage.
John Jay had no such early cushion Wednesday in its 19-14 regional semifinal win over Section 2 champ Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake at Fox Lane High School, a game in which the Indians met a composed, talented opponent and trailed by four goals at the half.
“Coming off of the win over Yorktown, we have a ‘refuse to lose’ mentality,” senior Molly O’Reilly said. “When we were down, we were trying not to look at the scoreboard that much, we were just trying to score quickly.”
John Jay advanced to the Class B regional final and will face Section 9’s Saugerties on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Kingston’s Dietz Stadium.
The Indians trailed until midway through the second half when they outscored Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 13-4, including putting up 10 of the last 12 goals of the game.
“In the beginning of this game, our draw controls were pretty poor,” Vermont-bound Sarah Lang said. “In the second half, our fast break was pretty much what took us away. (Our fast break) was unreal.”
The Spartans’ Northwestern-bound junior captain, Nicole Beardsley, finished with six goals and was a handful for the John Jay defense, using nifty footwork in traffic to open the game with two straight goals.
“(Beardsley) was very fast, she had great stick skills and a great lefty (shot) around the crease,” John Jay coach Christina Smith said. “We had to adapt to her in the second half so we planned to mark up that left side of the crease better and it helped us.”
John Jay trailed 5-1 early on before Lang, who misplayed several passes thrown her way early on, regained her handle and scored two of her eight goals in an 11-second span to make the score 5-3.
“Me and (Lang), because of our height, we use that to our advantage,” O’Reilly said. “Our team helps us out with high passes and everyone is cutting and moving.”
Dakota Adamec displayed the Indians’ penchant for instant offense by scoring back-to-back goals late in the first half. They came during a two-minute span in which the Indians were two players down due to yellow cards.
Sophomore starter Jilli Schell didn’t return after aggravating a hip injury 4:30 into the game. The injury, which has hampered her all season, has her questionable for Saturday.
“To have such a big component of our offense be taken out that early was a little shocking but I think we pulled ourselves together,” Lang said.