Garden City beats zone to win third straight LIC

Garden City's #26 Patric Berkery, right, congratulates teammate

Garden City's #26 Patric Berkery, right, congratulates teammate #1 Justin Guterding after his goal extended the Trojans' lead over Sayville to 4-0 during the boys lacrosse Class B Long Island Championship. (June 2, 2012) (Credit: James Escher)

Even facing an unfamiliar defensive scheme cannot slow the barreling locomotive that is the Garden City boys lacrosse team.

Justin Guterding had two goals and three assists and Devin Dwyer had two goals and an assist as Garden City, the consensus No. 1 team in the country, rolled to a 9-2 win over Sayville in the Class B Long Island Championship last night at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium. It is the third straight LIC and 13th overall for Garden City (20-0), which plays Section I champion Yorktown in a state semifinal at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hofstra.

"We want to keep playing. We want another three days together in preparation for a state semifinal," Garden City coach Steve Finnell said. "I think this is a great group. It's been a great experience and we're trying to keep it rolling."

Dwyer became just the second Long Island player to reach the 100-point plateau this season when he scored with 6:43 to go. Dwyer's goal capped a possession of more than 3:30, which included four shots.

As the facilitator of the Trojans offense, Dwyer had the task of deciphering the wrinkles of Sayville's vaunted zone defense.

"It takes a lot of preparation to get used to it but our coaches did a great job with us over the past week and we just had to get it going and eventually you find a weak spot," Dwyer said.

Pat Fleming made 11 saves in a yeoman's effort for Sayville (15-4) which scored two goals to cut the gap to 5-2 with 8:29 left in the third. But the Golden Flashes did not score again.

Sayville frustrated the Trojans in a scoreless first quarter but appeared fatigued after the impressive feat. It was only the fourth time Garden City was held without a goal for an entire quarter of play.

"I thought they executed the zone pretty well," Finnell said. "I just think sometimes you're not canning your shots. We had opportunities, we had looks. Sometimes it takes a little while to see some of the wrinkles, what might work, what might not work, and it took us till the second quarter."

Once Garden City got acclimated with the zone it found a rhythm with ball movement and long possessions.

"We were ready for it but I think it just took a little time to adjust to it and then we just kept rolling," Guterding said.

Seven players scored for Garden City, including defensive midfielders Tim McDonagh and Mark Ellis. Ellis got the scoring started for Garden City just 14 seconds into the second quarter and McDonagh followed up less than two minutes later as the Trojans took a 5-0 lead at halftime.

The Trojans were also stellar on defense as they held the Golden Flashes to a season-low in goals and limited leading scorers Zack Sirico, the Long Island leader in assists, and Jake Sichenzia to zero points.

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