Madsen twins lead Locust Valley to Nassau 'C' final

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Friends Academy's Jon Nierenberg goes up for the shot and score during the Nassau Class C boys lacrosse semifinal playoff game between Friends Academy and Locust Valley on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at Hofstra.(Credit: Alan J. Schaefer)

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Joe Madsen and Mike Madsen play ping-pong every night to determine who puts the clothes away in their house.

"We're as competitive as it gets," Joe Madsen said.

The sibling rivalry has carried over to the lacrosse field, where they said they try to outperform one another in scoring on a daily basis. And the more goals the pair has racked up, the more Locust Valley has won.

That was especially true Wednesday night.

The twin sophomores, who have verbally committed to St. John's, led the third-seeded Falcons over defending county champion and second-seeded Friends Academy, 13-11, in a Nassau Class C semifinal at Hofstra.

Locust Valley (12-4) will play No. 1 Cold Spring Harbor at 8:30 p.m. at Hofstra in the final. Friends Academy finished 12-4.

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Joe Madsen had four goals and one assist and Mike added three goals.

"They're fantastic," coach Matt McFarland said. "The first time I met them was my first year coaching here seven years ago running a camp over the summer. They're a little bit bigger now, not by much, but I knew they were going to be special back then. They were made to play lacrosse and made to play attack."

The score was tied at 6 at halftime. Locust Valley then took control, using its preferred up-tempo style and opened the third quarter with a 5-0 run. Angelo Caiazzo's goal off an assist from Tyler Liantonio (one goal, three assists) gave the Falcons an 11-6 lead with 3:11 left in the third quarter.

"We wanted this really bad," Joe Madsen said.

Will Sands scored four goals for the Quakers and Jon Nierenberg, who had four goals and one assist, scored Friends Academy's final goal with 3.9 seconds left.

While the Madsen brothers lead the Falcons in scoring (Mike has 40 goals, 28 assists, and Joe has 37 goals and 24 assists) they were both quick to acknowledge the team's other key contributors, like Joe Bressingham, who won 13 of 20 faceoffs, had 12 ground balls and scored two goals.

"It all comes from our senior leadership," Mike Madsen said. "Our goal from the start of the season was to make it to the county championship and now here we are."

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