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Nassau final preview
It's county final day in Nassau.
All three of last year's champions have the opportunity to defend, but only two will. Why?
Because Manhasset, which won the last two Class C crowns, moved up to Class B this season and will play Garden City in the middle game of today's tripleheader at Hofstra.
Here's the skinny on all three games, which all pit No. 1 seeds against No. 2 seeds...
Class A: No. 1 Massapequa (14-3) vs. No. 2 Farmingdale (13-4), 3:30 p.m. -- The Chiefs come in hot, having won five straight. But so do the Dalers, who have won six in a row.
Massapequa has played three overtime games this season, going 1-2, with the win coming against Farmingdale, 10-9, on April 29. Jamie Shand and Dylan Sheehan pace the Massapequa offense, but the best matchup will probably be the Chiefs' Johns Hopkins-bound defender Rob Enright guarding the Dalers' Sal Tuttle (pictured, right).
These two teams have very rich histories. Farmingdale has won 12 county titles, and Massapequa has won six. One of two has won eight of the last 13 Class A titles.
Class B: No. BI-1 Garden City (16-2) vs. No. BII-1 Manhasset (17-1), 6 p.m. -- The hottest team in Nassau County is Garden City, which has outscored its opponents 153-29 during its 12-game winning streak. Included in the streak is a 10-6 win at Manhasset in the Woodstick Classic on April 30.
Devin Dwyer is essentially unstoppable on offense, but the key during the winning streak has been the defense, led by All Americans Stephen Jahelka and Brian Fischer.
The Indians have won eight in a row by a combined 92-27. They have a balanced offense with Harry Kucharczyk and Joe Mancini leading the way. Defensively, Robby Duvnjak and Tom Gavin shine along with Frank Morelli in net.
Garden City is the five-time defending Class B champion, while Manhasset won the Class C title the past two years.
Class C: No. 1 Cold Spring Harbor (12-4) vs. No. 2 Friends Academy (12-3), 8:30 p.m. -- Before Manhasset's two-year reign atop Class C, Cold Spring Harbor was the class of Class C, winning three straight titles from 2006-08.
The Seahawks have lost only two games to Nassau teams (5-1 at Hicksville and 12-11 against Manhasset), and both were very early in the season. They have won eight straight, led by Chris Moriarty. CSH beat Friends 6-4 at home on May 2.
The Quakers have won four straight since that loss, including a 9-8 overtime victory over No. 3 Seaford in the semifinals. Alex Ryan scored the winner. He and the DellaFera brothers pace the Quaker offense along with Will Sands.
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