Defeating Garden City feels like a mountainous task for its opponents this season. The consensus No. 1 team in America can win in so many ways, operate through so many players and its offense can seem like it's rolling downhill like a thunderous avalanche as their white jerseys blur across the field.
Justin Guterding scored four goals with assists on each from Devin Dwyer, who had a goal and seven assists, as Garden City rolled past Yorktown, 14-4, in the Class B boys lacrosse state semifinals last night at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium. Garden City (21-0) will appear in the finals for the third year in a row, aiming for its fifth state title and first since 2000, when it faces Irondequoit in the final Saturday (4 p.m.) at Middletown.
The Trojans scored seven goals in the second with a pair of three-goal spurts. Dwyer found Guterding twice in a span of six seconds and Mark Ellis (two goals) scored 16 seconds later to cap a 6-0 Garden City run to make it 6-1 with 7:08 to go in the second.
"The first one they came out with a 10-man ride where their goalie was out of the cage. It was all Pat Berkery, he found me open on the sideline and then it was just an easy pass for me to Guterding on the next one," Dwyer said. "The next one was all James Sullivan [13 of 16 faceoffs]; he's unbelievable at the X for us, only a freshman. He won the face, came down, hit me and it was just an easy look for me to Gutty."
Dwyer's lone goal started the second three-goal burst, capped when defender Ed Blatz scored to make it 10-3 with 50.9 to go in the second.
The run continued into the second half as Patric Berkery scored two of his three goals in a 3-0 third quarter and Cody George (two goals) made it 14-3 with 9:21 to go in the fourth. Dwyer's assist on Guterding's fourth goal just 35 seconds into the third made him the Long Island leader in points (108), surpassing Hauppauge's Sam Llinares (106) this season.
Dwyer assisted on all three Trojans goals in the first quarter, including an ankle-breaking maneuver that caused a Yorktown defender to fall over before he sent the ball across the cage to Liam Kennedy (one goal, one assist), who made it 3-1 with 11.7 seconds left in the first.