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Prepping for Port Washington vs. Oceanside
Port Washington boys lacrosse coach Tom Rooney knows Oceanside is a team with three lethal scorers in Will Remsen, Luke Schwasnick and Ryan McCarthy. The game plan for Friday’s Conference I away game at 7 p.m., he said, is to let the top trio get theirs — just don’t let anyone else score.
“I know they are going to play well,” Rooney said. “But we cannot be letting other kids get goals and assists because we are focused on those big three. Those kids are going to get their goals and assists. We just can’t have other kids getting them as well.”
The strength of Port Washington (4-2) has been its defense, anchored by freshman goalie Nick Ferraro, who started every game last season as an eighth-grader.
“He’s a kid who has a chance to be just great,” Rooney said.
Though the team didn’t take particularly good care of the ball in last week’s losses to Long Beach and Friends Academy, Port Washington’s offense can certainly hold its own in Conference I. One main reason is because John Crawley plays attack.
“Crawley’s been playing at a really, really high level,” Rooney said. “Teams are sliding early to him; they’re trying to take him out of the game, but he’s still filling the stat sheet pretty well.”
Oceanside's more than capable defensive duo of Connor Johnson and Luke Swanson are motivated to stop the team’s losing streak at two and defend home turf, coach Jim Gillis said.
Through six games (four wins), and after a program of winter workouts, Gillis is quite giddy about both.
Gillis on Johnson: “He’s one of the toughest guys we got. We know that when we put him on the opposing team’s top middie or attackman that he’s going to do the job.”
Gillis on Swanson: “He has learned to be more comfortable at holding a number one attackman down. A key for him was getting bigger in the weight room.”
Oceanside started its season with a come-from-behind win over Hewlett last month. The young and talented team won three in a row afterward but has lost close games to Long Beach and Plainview JFK. Oceanside has developed a tendency to start slow and turn it up late.
Gillis is hopeful his team will buck that trend Friday night.
“We’ve got nothing but tough matchups,” Gillis said. “They’re deep in all positions. We’re going to have to come out hot and play our first quarter as well as our fourth quarter.”