Farmingdale's Brian Prendergast (4, right), looks to get around Massapequa's...

Farmingdale's Brian Prendergast (4, right), looks to get around Massapequa's Ken Fundus (22, left), during their game at Hofstra University. (June 2, 2010) Credit: Photo by Richard Slattery

With the fog rolling in across the turf at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium, Farmingdale found a clear path to the Long Island Championship.

Patrick Starke won a faceoff and fed Brian Prendergast for a goal with 7:36 left for what proved to be the winning goal in the Dalers' 9-8 boys lacrosse victory over Massapequa last night in the Nassau Class A championship.

Farmingdale (16-2) will face the winner of tonight's West Islip-Ward Melville game for the Class A Long Island Championship on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. at Hofstra. The Chiefs, who cut it to 9-8 on Rob Goeren's goal with 5:53 left, finished 14-4.

Farmingdale took its first lead, 5-4, three minutes into the third quarter when Danny Rogers scored on a pass from Sal Tuttle. But Massapequa tied it two minutes later on Jamie Shand's goal off a feed from Ian Lukaszewicz.

Tuttle hit Rogers again to make it 6-5 with 3:13 left in the third and defenseman Joe Ostrander went coast to coast on a clear for an unassisted goal with 1:23 left in the quarter for a two-goal lead. Shand cut it to 7-6 entering the fourth quarter with his third of the game on a pass from Steve Romano.

Massapequa had started quickly, scoring the game's first three goals. John Deignan ripped one home with 3:30 left in the first period. Three minutes later, Shand took a nice feed from behind the net from Romano and quick-sticked it for the second goal. Shand scored again, unassisted, to make 3-0 early in the second period.

Farmingdale rallied in the second quarter. The Dalers took advantage of a penalty as Sal Tuttle scored with 8:36 left in the second. Rogers brought the big crowd to its feet with a behind-the neck goal on a pass from Korey Hendrickson that made it 3-2.

Rob Goeren gave the Chiefs a two-goal advantage with an unassisted goal halfway through the second quarter. But the Dalers stormed back. Hendrickson's turnaround bullet with 1:22 left cut it to 4-3 and Starke tied it with 42 seconds left when he circled back to the top of the circle and scored high for the halftime tie.

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