Phil Brady, Jim Byrns lead fast-paced win for Massapequa in Class A semifinal

Massapequa's Jim Byrns, left, scores as Syosset's EJ Aronson watches in a Nassau boys lacrosse game on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

Massapequa's Jim Byrns, left, scores as Syosset's EJ Aronson watches in a Nassau boys lacrosse game on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

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Half the game was played at what must have felt like half speed to Massapequa.

"We're all about the fast break and up-tempo," said faceoff specialist Phil Brady.

Eventually, though, the inevitable occurred. "At any point, our offense can be so dangerous," said attack Jim Byrns.

Brady and Byrns helped accelerate the pace significantly.

Massapequa trounced Farmingdale, 17-5, Wednesday in a Nassau Class A boys lacrosse semifinal at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium. Brady sparked a sensational 8-0 third-quarter outburst by winning seven of eight faceoffs and Byrns led 10 scorers with a hat trick.

"It makes me very happy when a lot of guys score," Chiefs coach Tim Radomski said.

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He must have been gleeful in the third quarter when seven players scored goals, including two by Griff Konen, as Massapequa completed an 11-0 run to take a 13-3 lead after three quarters.

Yes, the Dalers actually led 3-2 early in the second quarter, on a natural hat trick by Alex Schelhorn.

"Early on, they were locking off our guys," Byrns said. "But I don't think you can stop us when we're moving the ball. We'll draw two [defenders] and then finish."

Paul Dilena, Nick Yevoli, Jack Korber and Griffin Barnathon also scored two goals each for Massapequa (17-2), which will face Syosset on Tuesday for the Class A championship.

The Dalers ended their season at 11-6, and a big factor was their inability to contain Brady, who gave the Chiefs numerous extra possessions that frequently resulted in goals.

Brady, a rapidly improving junior, won 17 of 24 faceoffs overall. "Faceoffs are a big part of the game nowadays," said Brady, who said his favorite method is the hard clamp, but Wednesday he was also quick off the draw. "It's a great feeling when we are all starting to click."

The clicking began when Yevoli, Konen and Barnathon scored within 2:18 early in the third. Ian Kirby, who added two assists, scored unassisted and Konen took a feed from Yevoli 19 seconds later to make it 10-3. It was a clinic in fastbreak lacrosse by the well-tuned Massapequa machine.

"We like to run, to get out in transition. I love the way we shared the ball and got everyone involved," Radomski said. "They slowed it down and possessed it in the beginning. It took us a little while but once they got rolling, it was nice to watch."

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