Manhasset found trouble behind the cage in the final minute, as it failed to run out the clock against the double- and triple-teams of a desperate Garden City defense. The Trojans turned the turnover into a game-tying goal by J.P. Basile with 26 seconds left that forced overtime.
But in the extra period, from the same spot on the field, Manhasset found paradise.
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Jack Keogh flicked a perfect pass to a cutting Thomas Duran in front of the net and Duran buried the shot 1:16 into overtime to give the Chiefs a thrilling 8-7 victory over their longtime rival Garden City on Tuesday night in a Nassau B semifinal at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium.
The Indians (12-4) advance to Tuesday's championship game at 8 p.m. at Hofstra against the winner of Wednesday night's Lynbrook-South Side game. The Trojans finished 11-7.
"We had run that play a lot during the game and coach called it," said Keogh, who had two assists. "We knew they'd come back. They're such a well-coached team."
Garden City erased a 7-5 deficit to force overtime. Conor Muldoon scored his second of the game, unassisted, with 4:06 left to make it 7-6. Then the Trojans' defense, led by Thomas Wright, used a triple team to get the ball back in the final minute, allowing Basile to collect a rebound in front and score the equalizer.
Tyler Dunn, who scored a goal and an assist for Manhasset, scrapped with James Sullivan for the critical faceoff to start overtime. The Chiefs gained possession when long-stick middie Ben Cirella, who had scored a sparkling coast-to-coast goal in the second quarter, scooped up the ground ball.
Manhasset coach Bill Cherry called timeout and then called on Keogh and Duran, who had a hat trick, to work their magic. "We were confident when overtime began because we had started moving the ball better," Duran said. "This is a great feeling."