Tim Rotanz helps Shoreham-Wading River repeat as Long Island C champs
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Shoreham-Wading River senior attack Tim Rotanz accomplished something Saturday he had no problem discussing.
Quite a difference from last month when after becoming just the fourth player in Long Island high school boys lacrosse history to score at least 400 points in a career, Rotanz had declined an interview after that feat, citing the need to study for a test and eat dinner. After all, the game ended late that night and talking about individual accolades has never been the five-year varsity star's thing.
However, after scoring 13 points to lead his Wildcats to a second consecutive Long Island Class C championship Saturday by defeating Friends Academy, 18-7, Rotanz was fully engaged.
"Everyone looks at team accomplishments, so it doesn't really matter how you do if you don't win," said the Maryland-bound Rotanz, who had six goals and seven assists. "If you're winning and scoring like this, then it's nice. This feels great and we feel pretty strongly that we can keep it going."
The Wildcats (18-1) will face Bronxville (Westchester) in a Class C state semifinal at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Marist College. Friends Academy, representing Nassau County, participated in its first Long Island championship game and finished the year 14-3.
Rotanz scored the first goal less than two minutes into the first quarter, but Garrett Doran tied the score for Friends about five minutes later. SWR, seemingly effortlessly, then enjoyed an offensive outburst.
SWR scored eight consecutive goals -- five on shots by sophomore Ryan Bray -- and led at halftime, 9-2.
The Wildcats added another seven points in the third quarter as Hunter Hayes chipped in with four goals and an assist. Rotanz, who was taken out of the game after the third quarter, along with many of the SWR starters, now has 445 career points, which ranks him third all-time on Long Island.
"When you have a guy like Rotanz, who can beat his guy and draw other guys, it makes it easier to score like this," Bray said.
Scoring points in bunches is nothing new for the Wildcats; they also scored 18 in a win over Bayport-Blue Point last week for the Suffolk Class C title. Yet after Friends upset Cold Spring Harbor for the Nassau crown -- largely because of the play of goalie Chre Teitelbaum -- SWR believed a hot start was vital.
Teitelbaum recorded 11 saves but the amount of shots attempted by SWR proved to be too much. The Wildcats won the faceoff battle and senior midfielder Dan Malave scooped up many ground balls that translated into transition goals.
"We were prepared for a very good goalie and our motto this year has been that we don't care who steps up," coach Tom Rotanz said. "No one even thinks about who's going to score or who's going to get the assist."
SWR had six players with goals and afterward, its captain talked about one more team accolade.
"It means a lot to work all season toward this," Rotanz said. "It's another step toward a state championship."