After allowing four straight goals 10 minutes into the season opener Wednesday night, Cold Spring Harbor goalie Will Doyle started looking toward the bench thinking it was only a matter of time before he'd be replaced.
"I was very nervous," said Doyle, a senior who beat out three other capable goalies in the preseason to keep the starting spot. "For sure, I thought if they got another goal at that point, I was going to get pulled."
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Doyle stayed in, however, and then he settled in.
He finished the game with a few key stops.
He even scored a goal.
Most importantly, he led Class C favorite and host Cold Spring Harbor to a 9-7 come-from-behind boys lacrosse win over perennial Class B powerhouse Manhasset in a non-league matchup.
After Manhasset's Thomas Duran (two goals, one assist) scored with 7:48 left in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to the final two-goal margin, Doyle made three saves from point-blank range to secure the win. Doyle finished with seven stops.
"Will was awesome today," said CSH midfielder Taylor Strough, who scored two goals, one that capped a 5-0 run and gave the Seahawks a 5-4 lead with 4:16 left in the second quarter, and another that made it 9-6 with 2:57 left in the third quarter. "He made those saves at the end and that's what saved us."
Doyle also had the play of the game -- and it wasn't one of his saves.
After making a stop in the crease one minute into the second quarter, he carried the ball up the field and into Manhasset territory without anyone picking him up. When Doyle got to within 10 yards of the net, he noticed that no one was sliding toward him. So then he fired away and scored what he said was his first varsity goal.
"I actually practiced shooting this week," Doyle said with a laugh.
Tyler Dunn scored twice, Jack Keogh had one goal and Matt Gavin added one goal and two assists for Manhasset.
Patrick Wallice gave Cold Spring Harbor a 6-5 lead with nine minutes left in the third quarter and the team never trailed afterward because of its aggressive defense, led by longstick midfielder Matt DeGennaro and its resilient goalie.
"I just got my head in the game, which was hard at first because it was my first time starting a season opener," Doyle said. "I got confidence after I made the first save, kept going and it led to a win."