Before Friday night's game at Oceanside, Port Washington coach Tom Rooney said scoring would have to come from Luke Rizzo and Joey Froccaro, a pair who have struggled recently to get on the same page.
So, Rizzo said he called Froccaro on Monday and told him it was time to get things together. Froccaro agreed and the rest of the week was spent working on feeding one another passes in a simulation of game situations.
The practices went well. The results on game night were even better. Rizzo scored five goals with two assists and Froccaro had four goals to propel Port Washington (2-0) to a 12-10 Nassau Conference I win over Oceanside (0-2).
Froccaro and Rizzo even hooked up for a score during the third quarter to increase Port Washington's lead to five at that point. Rizzo assisted on the play.
"For the past six games, me and Joey have been struggling to work together," Rizzo said. "But we really got in sync and got it going today."
Said Froccaro: "For whatever the reason, we weren't clicking together, but I know me and Rizzo can help this team."
With John Crawley, the team's top scorer, smothered by Oceanside's Nick Swanson, the duo fulfilled their coach's request. Especially after Oceanside opened the fourth quarter with a pair of unanswered goals from Ryan McCarthy, who finished with a hat trick. Oceanside was within one, trailing 8-7, after Will Remsen (four goals) connected for a score, but Frocarro added an insurance goal seconds later with less than seven minutes left.
Port Washington added two more scores in the quarter to go up four, courtesy of Rizzo, before Oceanside scored two goals late.
"We knew Oceanside wasn't going to go away," Rooney said. "But Joey and Luke just played very hard with tremendous confidence together."