When he is stationed at his regular attack position behind the opponent's net, Garden City's Devin Dwyer said he feels comfortable. It appears that way, too.
"I know I have people that are going to get open for me," said the small but effective sophomore attackman. As a freshman, the 5-7, 130-pounder led the Trojans with 29 assists, and he opened this season with five Wednesday to lead nationally ranked Garden City to a 10-5 non-league boys lacrosse win over visiting Syosset. "If I can't come around and score I know I'll have someone to feed."
Wednesday that was mainly midfielder Tom Gordon, who scored four goals, three off Dwyer passes. Two of the connections came in an important 5-1 third quarter. Dwyer also assisted Matt Montgomery and Liam Kennedy in the first half.
"We had our No. 1 [defenseman] on him, and it's a situation where he kind of had his way," Syosset coach John Calabria said of Dwyer, who also had 23 goals last season. "He's got tremendous stick skills. When he's behind the cage he's hitting those middies left and right."
Dwyer fed Montgomery, a senior midfielder, from behind the cage for a man-up goal 24 seconds into the second quarter to give Garden City a 4-1 lead. Syosset pulled within 5-4 at halftime, but Gordon's man-up goal assisted by Patric Berkery 2:56 into the second half ignited the key third-quarter run.
Gordon scored from Dwyer to put the Trojans (1-0) up 8-4 with 5:04 left in the third and the pair connected again to make it 9-5 two minutes later. "They are proving to be a pretty good combination," Garden City coach Steve Finnell said. Of Dwyer, he said: "He had an outstanding freshman year and he's gotten better."
Dan Losardo's goal from Montgomery with 31.2 seconds left in the third was the game's final score.
"We played well at times but we were a little sloppy as well," said Finnell, whose team is ranked No. 6 in the latest Inside Lacrosse poll. "We didn't take care of the ball in the second half as much as we would have liked. It's 10-5 at the start of the fourth quarter. We wanted to get that next goal. But then our defense did a much better job."
Ryan Hunter scored three goals for Syosset, including its lone second-half goal. Doug Tesoriero won 11 of 15 faceoffs for the Braves (0-1).