William Leighley asked Brendan McDougal if he was ready.

The Lynbrook boys lacrosse coach wanted to assess how his starting junior goalie was handling the pressure moments before a county championship game.

It was also a challenge, Leighley added, and McDougal was honest with his reply.

"It was a confident 'Yes,' " McDougal said. "I was definitely ready."

He looked it. McDougal recorded 15 saves, many from point-blank range, as Lynbrook beat Manhasset, 8-4, Tuesday night at Hofstra to claim the Nassau Class B championship.

"This was the best I've seen him play in his career," Leighley said. "We put the pressure on him and he stepped up big time."

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It's Lynbrook's first county title since 2003. The Owls (18-1) will play Rocky Point or Miller Place at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Hofstra for the Long Island championship.

"I was in the zone, and I was seeing the ball really well," McDougal said. "But I couldn't do it without the rest of the defense."

Eddie Bouhall, Zach Barrett and Quentin Herrmann (along with McDougal) led a defensive unit that held Manhasset scoreless for a 37-minute stretch.

"No one was stopping me from getting the ball. I think our defense is highly underrated and we use that as motivation," said Bouhall, who had a game-high seven ground balls.

"Eddie Bouhall is a beast and he's been playing like that all year," Leighley said. "Some coaches would kind of try to rein him in because he's a bit all over the place, but we just let him play. He's a superstar and he's fun to watch; we put the quarter in the machine and just let it go."

Michael Toy had two goals and Mike McVeigh had a goal and two assists for the Owls. Owen Daly scored off an assist from Gordon Purdie (two goals, one assist) with 8:13 left in the third quarter to give Lynbrook a 6-1 lead.

Manhasset (11-7), which was led by Jack Miller's two goals, cut it to 7-4 with 3:24 left, but a takeaway by Bouhall thwarted a late comeback.

Said an overjoyed McDougal: "It's surreal and unbelievable to get this far."