Anthony Carchietta had the perfect formula for beating the brutal cold, damp and breezy conditions at Syosset-Woodbury Park late Friday afternoon. Keep moving.
"I was warm," he said to a shivering and disbelieving reporter. "But when I came out of the game, the guys on the sideline said they were cold."
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Actually, Syosset was sizzling the entire game. Carchietta, a junior attack, had the best game of his varsity career with four goals and two assists and the Braves blitzed Hicksville, 15-2, in a Nassau Conference I game.
"It was a breakout game for him," Syosset coach John Calabria said. "In Game 8, it's nice to see him come into his own."
Carchietta had plenty of help. Impressive sophomore Alex Concannon, who has committed to Johns Hopkins, had three goals and an assist and has scored eight goals in the Braves' last two games. Andrew Keith, Matt Raffa and Jack Parlo added two goals each.
Johns Hopkins-bound goalie Ryan Feit, one of the best on Long Island, allowed only one goal in three periods, but was hardly tested, making only five saves.
"He wasn't tested much. They didn't have the ball that much," Calabria said. "Our best defense today was a good offense."
Syosset (5-3) controlled time of possession and had a huge territorial advantage, keeping the ball in Hicksville's end for nearly the entire game. From the first minute, when Concannon took a cross-crease pass from Keith and scored, it was a Braves bonanza. Carchietta picked up a loose ball and scored midway through the first period; Keith scored unassisted off a slick spin dodge and Carchietta added another unassisted goal with 6.8 seconds left for a 4-0 advantage after one.
The Braves led 8-0 at the half and 11-1 after three. At that point, Feit and most of the regulars went to the sideline and the subs joined the scoring parade.
"We don't look at the scoreboard," Carchietta said. "We're always thinking that it's zero-zero."
Hicksville (3-4) wishes that were the case. It was overmatched. "We moved without the ball, we ran through ground balls and we moved to the back side when we dodged and drew two defenders," Carchietta said. "We were on today."
They were hot, too.