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WG girls earn back-to-back state titles

Still, the Wildcats stayed aggressive and forced enough turnovers to get its fair share of chances in the first half, and would keep pace with the Dalers.

Since the opposition was intent on stopping Kiersten Tupper, her line-mates flourished. Kramer and Welch both had three-goal hat tricks before halftime, and that allowed WG to answer every Farmingdale charge with one of its own.

"We knew that we had to have our 'A' game," said Welch. "If we just relaxed, stayed cool and played like we normally played, we would be okay."

Trailing 7-5 late in the first half, WG got even on back-to-back goals by Kramer and Welch, and Welch converted again to give the Wildcats its first lead at 8-7 -- but that was brief. Alyssa Kildaire's goal 22 seconds before the half tied it again, 8-8.

That didn't seem to bother the Wildcats too much. Kramer converted for the fourth time early in the second half, and when Cizenski scored with 18:37 left, WG had a 10-8 lead, forcing Farmingdale to use a time-out.

Giving itself a chance to regroup, the Dalers did so, and drew even again 10-10 barely two minutes after the time-out. Kelly McPartland and Janine Hillier scored, too, completing a 4-0 spurt that had the Wildcats behind again, 12-10, with 14:19 to play.

Using its own time-out, the Wildcats staged its own revival, especially on the defensive end. Perkins, Steph Datellas, Laura Lucchesi and Lauren Corso got more aggressive with the Dalers' attackers, forcing bad shots and coaxing a series of turnovers as Fucillo worked her total to nine saves. Farmingdale would not score again.

"Our defenders did an outstanding job," said Elmer.

Meanwhile, DiFato had cut the margin to 12-11. After a long, tense standoff, the Wildcats forced the game's seventh tie at 12-12 when Welch, off a feed from DiFato, notched her fourth goal with 6:24 left.

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