Officially, Comsewogue calls its bright new boys lacrosse uniforms gold because blue and gold are the school colors. But, clearly, those were bursts of blazing yellow-clad players streaking through the gray yesterday, dodging opponents and raindrops with ease.
In a uniformly excellent performance, Comsewogue blitzed visiting Hauppauge, 18-3, Thursday in a Suffolk Division II opener.
Other than some shivering on the sidelines, the defending county champion Warriors didn't appear affected much by the dreadful weather. Playing on their turf field, Comsewogue scored eight goals in the first seven minutes and led 10-1 after the first quarter.
At that point, it was a countdown to halftime, when the second half would be over quickly because, by rule, running time is used after intermission when the margin is at least 12 goals. It was 15-1 at the half.
"We have a team-oriented offense this year,'' said Stony Brook-bound midfielder Connor Duddy, who scored all four of his goals in the first quarter, three during that early flurry. Duddy, like most of the regulars, hardly played in the second half.
"Ball movement is the key,'' Duddy said. "We keep looking for one more pass. We like the easy goals. The slam dunks.''
The Warriors had plenty of those against the overmatched Eagles, who graduated several top players from last year's Class B contender, and Thursday were without this year's top scorer, Sam Llinares, out with an injury. The deluge began in the second minute when Conor Russell scored the first of his three goals (he added two assists) from out front.
Duddy then produced a natural hat trick, scoring three straight goals in 1:15, one on a nifty spin move. Ryan Brunet (two goals, one assist), Tom Hughes (one goal, two assists), Danny Infanzon and Russell again completed the 8-0 run.
"I liked that we played as a team. We made that little extra pass,'' coach Pete Mitchell said. "Nobody on offense is looking for all the glory. And our defense creates a lot of transition opportunities. It was a good way to start the season.''
Comsewogue, with a dozen players committed to play college lacrosse, is primed for a run at the school's first state championship since 2002. Last year's title run ended abruptly with an overtime loss to Garden City in the Long Island Class B championship game. Both schools are the top seeds in their respective counties and might be on another collision course.
Which is fine with Duddy. "Last year left a bad taste in our mouths,'' he said. "We're coming back with a vengeance. The seniors want to go out the right way.''
In a blaze of yellow glory.