Austin Fabel, Joe Grossi help Lynbrook rally past Manhasset

Lynbrook's Austin Fabel, right, takes a shot and Lynbrook's Austin Fabel, right, takes a shot and scores through the defense of Manhasset's Ben Cirella, left, and Manhasset goalie John Young on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Photo Credit: Richard T. Slattery

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The horn had sounded but the game was far from over.

Lynbrook had waited too long -- 13 years to be exact -- to let a chance at beating Manhasset slip away.

After an inadvertent horn in the final minute of regulation Saturday seemed to unsettle the Lynbrook attack, Austin Fabel took it upon himself to end his Owls' drought against the Indians.

The senior spun off his defender to the left of the cage and darted toward the goal, burying a shot with 11.7 seconds remaining to tie the game and send it to overtime.

Joe Grossi corralled a pass from Mike McVeigh 1:05 into that overtime period and rifled a shot into the net to end it and gave Lynbrook an 8-7 boys lacrosse win in Conference II-B.

If there was another horn to signal the end of the game, it was impossible to hear over the roar of the Lynbrook players as they sprinted off the sideline and piled on top of Grossi after his second goal of the game.

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Lynbrook (7-0) now has won 19 of 20 regular-season games dating to last season.

With the Manhasset (5-2) defense seemingly focused on keeping the ball away from Lynbrook's Gordon Purdie late in the game, Fabel stepped up to the challenge after the original play call was disrupted by the horn.

"A guy came out on me and I took him up to the island and did an inside roll and just bounced it in," Fabel said. Fabel also scored Lynbrook's first two goals of the third quarter as the Owls began to rally back from a 5-2 halftime deficit.

"I think he weighs about 110 pounds dripped in caramel but he's tough as nails and he's fast as lightning," coach Billy Leighley said. "He's a kid with a big heart -- his heart is a little bit bigger than his body, it looks like."

With the score tied at 6 late in the fourth quarter, Manhasset took advantage of a pair of Lynbrook miscues. The Owls were called for offside after having seven defenders for an extended period and Zach Barrett was hit with a slashing penalty that put Lynbrook down two players.

Matt Gavin capitalized with his third goal of the game with 2:46 remaining to put the Indians up 7-6 momentarily.

Eddie Bouhall, who had scored earlier in the game, was solid on defense and came away with a key ground ball after a scramble on the opening faceoff of overtime that led to Grossi's goal.

"We were down the whole game and finally by the end, we were clicking on all cylinders," Bouhall said. "It was a huge game for us."

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