Four years, four losses in the Section 9 Class C girls’ lacrosse final.
It’s been a heartbreaking run in the championship for John S. Burke Catholic. Still, the Eagles deserve plenty of credit. Few teams in Section 9 – in any sport – advance to four consecutive championship games.
The Eagles hope to make it a fifth this spring and bring home the Class C title.
“That would be amazing,” said Burke Catholic senior attack Meghan Kerr, who has 60 goals this season. “It would mean a lot to us and the players that came before us. I think we can do really well because we have a lot of different players who can step up.”
Third-seeded Burke Catholic opens the tourney against Millbrook, the second seed, at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Webutuck. The teams’ split a pair of meetings this season. The Burke Catholic-Millbrook winner advances to play two-time defending champion Red Hook in the final on Tuesday at Dietz Stadium in Kingston.
Along with Kerr, junior midfielder Alexis Anastasio is a scoring threat, putting up 28 goals and 10 assists. Junior attack Amber Briscone, who missed four games, has 21 goals. Meanwhile, Kariann Closs has been solid in net for the Eagles again, making 162 saves.
A win over Millbrook would set up a Burke Catholic-Red Hook rematch in the Class C final. Red Hook, which has lost one game all year, defeated the Eagles 11-7 for last year’s championship. Burke Catholic lost to Red Hook 11-10 the year before. O’Neill defeated the Eagles 13-7 in the 2010 championship and 9-8 in ‘09.
“Not many teams can say they make it to the final every year,” Burke Catholic coach Kelly Reid said. “Some teams just get blown out of the water every game and don’t have a chance. Nobody isn’t going to hand it to you, it isn’t going to be easy. We are proud of what we accomplished, but, of course, we want to win one. That’s what we are focused on doing.”