The storyline in Section 9 girls’ lacrosse is seemingly the same every year: Can anyone beat Kingston?
For the last seven years, the Tigers have answered that question with a resounding no. Kingston’s latest victory in the Class A championship came on Tuesday when the Tigers put away Warwick 17-12.
Next up for Kingston? The state tournament. The question now? Can the Tigers win a state tournament game?
For all of Kingston’s success in Section 9, the Tigers’ haven’t lost to a local opponent in seven years, they have never won a state playoff game. Kingston plays Suffern in a first round game at 3 p.m. Saturday at Dietz Stadium.
“Last year we were so close, it was like the best game Kingston played in the state tournament,” Kingston senior midfielder Alison Badalato said. “It’s always the goal, almost every year. So we are going to push for it again.”
Kingston lost to North Rockland 7-5 in the first round of last year’s state tournament, trailing 6-3 at halftime. The Tigers lost Niskayuna 15-8 the previous season and have been outscored 142-40 in eight state tournament losses. Section 9 girls’ teams, in all classes, are a combined 1-25 in the state playoffs.
During the regular-season, everyone is looking to upset Kingston without success. However, in the state playoffs, the Tigers are looking to pull off an upset an a historic win.
“I definitely think we can do it,” Kingston freshman midfielder Logan Brennan said. “It would definitely mean a lot to do it. I know the seniors want it bad. I’d love to do it for them.”