The top-seeded Wildcats face No. 2 Mount Sinai at 3 p.m. today at Dowling Sports Complex for the Class C title. The Wildcats, who won four straight state championships in Class C from 2007-10, will need to beat last year’s county champion to return to the Long Island championship game. The News-Review will be providing live coverage.
The teams will renew their playoff rivalry after playing four consecutive years in the county finals from 2006-09. Shoreham won every game.
The Mustangs defeated Shoreham earlier this season, 8-5. The Wildcats lost their next game after that against Hauppauge, the No. 1 seed in Class B, but have run off eight wins in their final nine games since then.
The Wildcats ended the regular season with an uplifting non-league victory over Sacred Heart, 13-11. It was the kind of signature win the Wildcats needed before the playoffs.
Although Mount Sinai beat Shoreham in the regular and the teams finished with an identical 12-2 record in Division II, the power points worked in favor of the Wildcats. Shoreham narrowly finished ahead of Mount Sinai in the standings to earn the No. 1 seed. That allowed the Wildcats a bye into the championship game.
Mount Sinai had to play No. 3 Babylon May 22 and won 11-8 at home. Danielle DellaRocca led the Mustangs with five goals.
The bad news for Shoreham is that it’s now been over two weeks since playing a regular season game, which could lead to some rust to start Thursday’s game.
The Mustangs made the most of Shoreham moving up to Class B last year by advancing all the way to the state finals for the first time in program history. It’s a place the Wildcats have been accustomed to getting to and one they’ll hope to return to this year.
The first step starts Thursday against a Mount Sinai team that won’t give up its title without a fight.