POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - It was an unusual sight: the middle of the third quarter of a boys lacrosse state semifinal and Wednesday night Shoreham-Wading River senior attack Tim Rotanz still hadn't scored a goal.
And for the majority of the game to that point, the third highest all-time scorer in Long Island boys lacrosse history was unable to shake off double-teams and score at will as usual. Rotanz didn't look like himself, and that's because he wasn't feeling like himself.
"I don't know what it was," said coach Tom Rotanz, Tim's father. "It could have been dehydration but we're not sure. He was fine last night. It was in that third quarter when he just started throwing up on the sideline."
Rotanz re-entered the game minutes later but still couldn't get it going well enough to carry his team with the score tied late in the fourth and in overtime.
In a back-and-forth game, Brewster Warble scored the winner two minutes into sudden-death overtime as Bronxville beat the Wildcats, 14-13, in a Class C state semifinal game at Marist College. Shoreham-Wading River, the defending state champion, finished 18-2. Bronxville (22-1) will face Cazenovia (Section III) on Saturday at St. John Fisher College near Rochester in the Class C state final.
"They played really well and probably better than us," the coach said. "The bottom line is they went after every ground ball and they're a lot better team than they were last year."
Despite being sick, Rotanz managed four assists, as Hunter Hayes and Ryan Bray each had hat tricks for Shoreham-WR. Henry Grass had a game-high five goals for Bronxville and his older brother, Jack, had six points (one goal, five assists).
The two teams each averaged 18 goals per game during the playoffs, yet the score was tied at 5 at halftime largely because of the stellar play of both teams' defenses. Bronxville's Jack DePaul had 13 saves in the game; Shoreham's Christian Palazotto had seven.
The Wildcats fell behind 13-12 with less than three minutes left after Bronxville scored consecutive goals by Reilly Walsh and Henry Grass. Dan Malave tied the score for SWR with two minutes left off a feed from Rotanz to send the game into overtime. Rotanz was held without a goal for the first time in his career.
"He [Rotanz] wouldn't use being sick as an excuse," the coach said. "We still could've had this one."