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Balanced attack for Valley Stream
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Bridget Dolan was clutch in Valley Stream's 14-13 OT victory over Malverne/East Rockaway on March 29, scoring the tying and winning goals.

Valley Stream District girls’ lacrosse coach Jessica Zwicker isn’t a fan of playing games on consecutive days, but she wasn’t opposed of last week’s schedule after a disappointing 11-3 loss to Glen Cove at Firemen’s Field on April 9.

The following afternoon was a different story when Valley Stream had five players score at least twice in a 15-4 victory at Elmont. Bridget Dolan led the way with four goals, Antonia Buon and Kristen Piteo each had a hat trick, and Kallie Demas and Tanisha Verneus added a pair of goals apiece as the team evened its Conference V record at 3-3.

“Elmont’s always an aggressive and fast team,” Zwicker said after the game. “We were able to work on and correct things we didn’t do well yesterday against Glen Cove. We were better with our fakes and setting picks.

“I usually don’t care for back-to-back games,” she added. “But the fixes we needed to make on offense were easy ones.” 

A balanced offensive attack has been one of the keys for Valley Stream, which has four games remaining. “Everyone presents a threat,” Zwicker said. “We’ve had five or six different girls score almost every game.”

Demas, a senior at Central who takes the majority of face-offs, is the team’s rock, Zwicker said. A three-sport athlete, Demas is the type of player who makes others around her better. “She’s a strong two-way player who has amazing field sense,” Zwicker said. “She’s so unselfish.”

Dolan, a junior at South who has 23 goals, was on the receiving end of Demas’ biggest assist of the year March 29. With 19 seconds left in overtime, Dolan scored off a pass from Demas to give Valley Stream a 14-13 victory. “Bridget is one of our most improved players,” Zwicker said of Dolan, who forced OT with a goal with one second remaining in regulation. “She practices hard every day and is a great finisher around the cage.”


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