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Playoff Pick'em: Nassau boys lacrosse semifinals

Massapequa High School's Paul Bentz, right, looks to

Massapequa High School's Paul Bentz, right, looks to get past Port Washington's Joey Froccaro in the second quarter of a Nassau County boys lacrosse Class A semi-final at Hofstra University. Massapequa won by a score of 14-5. (May 22, 2012) (Credit: James Escher)

The Nassau boys lacrosse semifinals begin Tuesday for each class. Below is a quick look at each game. Below that, you can vote on who will win each game.

CLASS A SEMIFINALS

No. 1 Massapequa vs. No. 4 Farmingdale

Tuesday, 8:00 p.m., at Hofstra

What to look for: The Chiefs offense, led by Paul Bentz, Craig Berge and James Byrns, who totaled almost 200 points during the regular season, face as tough a challenge as they’ve seen all year. Farmingdale has won games this year because they are one of the more well-coached defensive units in the county. The return of faceoff specialist John Ragno (ankle, toe) has helped the Dalers tremendously on offense.

No. 2 Syosset vs. No. 3 Port Washington

Wednesday, 8:00 p.m., at Hofstra

What to look for: There’s a good chance a lot of points will be scored. Syosset’s Alex Concannon, Alex Hatzopolous, Andrew Keith and Mac O'Keefe are all capable of having games with multiple goals. But so are John Crawley, Joey Frocarro and Luke Rizzo for Port Washington. The game could come down to which goalie has the better game: Syosset’s Ryan Feit or Port Washington’s Nicky Ferrero.

CLASS B SEMIFINALS

No. 1-1 Garden City vs. No. 1-3 Long Beach

Tuesday, 3:30 p.m., at Hofstra

What to look for: There are at least two critical matchups: Garden City’s Justin Guterding vs. Long Beach defenseman Jake Brown, and Long Beach’s J.T. Forkin vs. Ed Blatz. Both teams have two premiere goalies, and the game could be decided by the faceoff battle. Garden City, with James Sullivan taking faceoffs, has the edge there.

No. 2-1 Manhasset vs. No. 2-3 North Shore

Wednesday, 3:30 p.m., at Hofstra

What to look for: The Indians have won nine consecutive games, including a 9-7 win over Garden City on April 27. Manhasset has several players on offense who can score and Dylan Meyer at goalie anchors the defense. North Shore, fresh off upsetting Wantagh, has a game-changer in Dan Grabher, though. He has won more than 80 percent of his faceoffs this year.

CLASS C SEMIFINALS

No. 1 Cold Spring Harbor vs. No. 4 Mineola

Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., at Hofstra

What to look for: Top-seeded Cold Spring Harbor did not lose a single Conference IV game in 2013, and none of the games were even that close. Jordan Walter, Allen Winkoff and eighth-grader Ian Laviano lead a balanced attack on offense. According to head coach Glenn Cocoman, Mineola won its first playoff win last week in more than 20 years. Tim Gill leads the team with 29 goals, and Brian Gaffney has 26 goals and 29 assists.

No. 2 Friends Academy vs. No. 6 Locust Valley

Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., at Hofstra

What to look for: The heavily favored Friends Academy, led by Will Sands, has scored at least 10 points in all but three games this season. After earning a bye, the team has not played since May 10. Freshman twins Joe and Mike Madsen combined for six goals to lead Locust Valley in an upset over Seaford last week in the quarterfinals.

Use these text links for each poll:

Massapequa vs. Farmingdale

Syosset vs. Port Washington

Garden City vs. Long Beach

Manhasset vs. North Shore

Cold Spring Harbor vs. Mineola

Friends Academy vs. Locust Valley