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Manhasset boys lacrosse advances to Nassau 'B' final

Manhasset's Michael Fahey, left, gets pressured by Chaminade's

Manhasset's Michael Fahey, left, gets pressured by Chaminade's Timothy Muller during the second period. (April 13, 2013) (Credit: James Escher)

During practices, the Manhasset boys lacrosse team is always talking about one more.

One more pass, that is, to the guy who is slightly more open and closer to the crease than the one with the ball in his stick at the time. One more instance of unselfish play on offense in an effort to produce one more win.

“It symbolizes the greater good of the team,” said captain Mike Fahey, who leads the team this season with 38 points.

With a 14-7 win over North Shore on Wednesday, Manhasset (15-3) punched its ticket to the Nassau Class B final. The Indians will face defending state champion Garden City Tuesday at 3:30 p.m at Hofstra. To arrive at the desired destination, Manhasset, a team with incomparable depth, has utilized a benevolent strategy: whoever has the hot hand, or whoever is open, will be the guy who receives a pass for a shot.

Eight players scored at least one goal in Manhasset’s win, the team’s 10th in a row. It was the sixth straight game Manhasset has had at least seven players score a goal. The Indians have nine players who have scored at least 10 goals this season, which is more than any other Nassau playoff team this year.

“You never really know who is going to step up for us because we have a lot of good players,” said junior midfielder James Farrell, who has 22 goals and 12 assists this season.

On Wednesday it was freshman attack/midfielder Matt Gavin.

“It’s a real fun team to be on and it’s a good feeling,” said Gavin, who led the team with four goals and had an assist. “We’ve mostly won because of sharing the ball. It helps make us very hard to beat.”

Manhasset hasn’t lost a game in more than two months. Along the way, the Indians won the annual Wood Stick Classic game against Garden City on April 27 for the first time since 2010. In ho-hum fashion, Manhasset only had five players with goals in that game.

“The idea of sharing the ball can be hard for some guys but it depends on the group of kids you have,” assistant coach Mike Christy said. “They want to win more than they want their name in the paper. And that means looking to make that one more pass.”

The Indians are confident their unselfish ways can help them prevail Tuesday against Garden City, when they’ll be looking for one more win.