Smithtown West came into the season loaded with NCAA Division I talent and looking for some early challenges. Wednesday against Farmingdale was another non-league test for the Bulls against a Nassau League I contender and Smithtown West handled it well, downing the Dalers, 10-3, behind four goals and three assists from junior Ryan Keenan.
Leading 4-2 at the half, Smithtown West (3-0) scored five in the third quarter and added an insurance goal in the fourth -- all while holding Farmingdale to one second-half goal -- in the 10-3 victory.
Chris Brown led Farmingdale (2-1) with two goals and keeper Andrew Muscarella made 12 saves in the defeat.
Keenan was once again the catalyst for the Bulls, lighting up the scoreboard as he has been prone to do early this season. One game after breaking the record for most assists in a game in Smithtown program history with eight -- a record he previously shared with Cornell star Rob Pannell -- he had a game-high seven points.
"Ryan is a great kid -- he's unselfish but he's fearless," Smithtown West coach Bob Moltisanti said. "He's been playing varsity since he's a freshman and his older brother was a great player and his dad was a coach. He's not afraid to go to the cage hard and take a hit and finish, but he's also got great vision and he's an accurate feeder as well."
Keenan has eight goals and 14 assists in three games this season.
"It was great beating a Nassau County powerhouse, 10-3," Keenan said. "The defense played great as well as goalie Matt Smidt. The offense was clicking and we dominated the time of possession."
Faceoff special Joe Varello was also a key, going 14-for-17 on draws and keeping the Farmingdale offense watching for long stretches. That comes off Varello's impressive 9-for-9 mark on draws in the second half against Syosset in the season opener.
"Varello has been doing a phenomenal job for us the first few games," Moltisanti said. "He gets the ball to our offense and we had the ball the first six minutes of the fourth quarter. We didn't score but we're getting good looks and keeping possession."