West Islip's Moore hits 60 goals for season

West Islip's #44 Tom Moore looks to pass

West Islip's #44 Tom Moore looks to pass in the third period. (June 2, 2012) (Credit: James Escher)

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- Just call Tom Moore the finisher. With three goals yesterday, all in the third quarter when West Islip scored six straight goals, the Denver-bound senior hit the 60 mark for the season, the most on a team that won its fifth Class A state lacrosse championship in seven years.

"This is unreal," said Moore, a substitute on the 2010 team that won the Lions' last state title. "But to do it as a senior, playing with your best friends . . . you can't compare the feeling."

Moore said the key to yesterday's 12-7 victory over Ithaca was, "We just finished the ball. The goalie stood on his head in the first half but we put the ball away in the second half."

It was Moore who did a lot of the finishing. He scored the second, fourth and fifth goals of a 6-0 third-quarter run by the Lions. "We moved the ball and got a lot of open looks."

Moving the ball had been a problem for Moore at times during his career, as he had a tendency to try to back in defenders with one-on-one moves, which bogged down the offense. Not in the playoffs. Moore scored 15 goals in the Lions' six victories and was part of a free-flowing, share-the-wealth offense that yesterday produced 11 assists on the 12 goals.

"Tom is a big, power-type kid. Most of the great goal scorers we've had at West Islip were crease scorers," Lions coach Scott Craig. "Tom is a wing guy. He might have one of the best shots we've ever had. He can move it and go high to low."

Moore added an assist to finish with 85 points. "When Tommy kept the ball alive and moved his feet, we very successful," Craig said. "He's one of our captains and way back in March, he told the team that all he wanted to do was win a state championship."

When it came, Moore savored the moment. "We're a hard-working team and there's emotion on the sideline," Moore said. "This is incredible; the best feeling in the world."

The finisher is finished, and he closed out his career in style.

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