Big second half powers Brooklyn Tech to girls’ lacrosse crown

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Brooklyn Tech thinks of itself as a second-half team — and proved it in the championship game.

The top-seeded and unbeaten Engineers scored six times after the break to secure a comfortable 8–3 victory over No. 3 New Dorp in the Public School Athletic League Class B girls’ lacrosse final last Sunday at Aviator Sports Complex.

“First half, we start out slow, and second half we wake up and always calm down and play the way we know,” Brooklyn Tech Coach Anthony Cicolini said.

After holding a 2–1 advantage going to the half, the Engineer offense exploded in the second frame. Senior Nicole Vento and Cynthia Chu, who had a hat trick, led the Engineers’ scoring attack after the break. Chu and Vento, who has 42 goals for the year, have been the Engineers’ top players all season. Ingrid Sitner, Victoria Steiner and Brianna Shipp each scored for New Dorp (13–4)

“They have been solid all year,” Cicolini said. “Vento has been the number-one goal-scorer for the last three seasons. Cynthia stepped up huge today.”

Vento — named the championship game’s most valuable player — said the team focused on the title and picked up their game.

“We like to call ourselves the second-half team because in the second half we come out strong and motivated by that end goal,” Vento said. “I guess we saw the end in sight and saw the win and grabbed it.”

It took the Engineers 11 minutes to open the game’s scoring. Cicolini saw nerves as a key factor to his team’s slow start.

“Overall, we came out a little stale in the beginning. There were a lot of nerves, so we were missing simple routine ground balls, and passing and catching,” the coach said. “They started getting comfortable around the ten-minute mark and we started playing the game we played the whole way, and it worked it out for the best.”

Ten minutes after the Engineers scored first, Vento made it 2–0 with her first of two goals on the day, which got the team going.

“New Dorp, they are a good team,” Vento said. “To get a two-goal lead right away boosted our morale as a team, and we moved forward from there.”

The Engineers (16–0) used the championship as motivation all season, after falling in last year’s final to Forest Hills, and saw it as the end point to a successful year. As the season came to a close on Sunday, the players were able to reach their goal.

“It feels almost unreal, but at the same time, I know we have been working really hard towards it, and it was the beacon at the end,” Vento said. “We looked to the championship. We looked to making ourselves better, and when we got here, it made it all worth it.”

Reach reporter Joseph Staszewski at Follow him on twitter @cng_staszewski.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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