All in a day’s work for lacrosse star

AMHERST – Sometimes we just have to pack a lot into one day but Saturday of this Memorial Day weekend proved to be a challenge met well for one local athlete.

McKinley Curro Sbordone, of Amherst, was busily coaching the

New Hampshire-Vermont team at the girl’s National High School Tournament at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., when her team kept winning and her window for travel time to Attleboro, Mass., for her debut with the Boston Storm of the United Women’s Lacrosse League (UWLX) grew short.

To compound issues Memorial Day weekend traffic was heavy.

But as luck would have it her alternate route to Attleboro proved to be clear and she arrived on time to function in her role as captain for the Storm – her first game with the Boston Storm because she played last year for the league championship winning Long Island Sound.

While with the Sound, she made history by scoring the first two-point goal in the history of women’s lacrosse.

It turns out that history was about to be made again. In the first half, the Boston Storm was unable to shut down the Philadelphia Force’s strong attack and at halftime the Storm was down by a score of 10-4.

But in the second half the Storm’s defense stiffened allowing only two goals while the Storm’s attack went into high gear and added eight goals to tie the game at 12 as time ran out.

In pro lacrosse there is a five-minute sudden-death overtime. Just a minute and a half into overtime Boston’s Hannah Murphy was able to scoop the ball and pass to Curro Sbordone who had gotten open for a shot on goal. The blast was on target and history was made with this sudden-death overtime win.

Asked after the game what moment of the greatest games she’s played in is her favorite she replied, “It is always the same moment; it is when the young players come rushing up afterward for hugs and autographs, you simply can’t beat that.”

Curro Sbordone is the director of Granite State Elite Lacrosse which teaches and coaches girls how to play and love the game. She directs the Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning program at Hampshire Hills Sports and is assistant general manager of Hampshire Hills.