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Austin Fabel scores four goals to lead Lynbrook to Long Island Class B crown

Lynbrook attacker Austin Fabel, right, is congratulated after

Lynbrook attacker Austin Fabel, right, is congratulated after he scores against Rocky Point goalkeeper Patrick Dallon in the Class B Long Island boys lacrosse championship game on Saturday, May 31, 2014. Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Eddie Bouhall knelt in the penalty box where "it was scary to watch from."

Austin Fabel was saying "Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God," to himself from his attack position.

And Lynbrook boys lacrosse coach William Leighley looked on from the sidelines "barely able to breathe at all."

With nine seconds left and Lynbrook leading Rocky Point by one goals in the Long Island Class B championship, Brendan McDougal made a save off a shot from close range. A scrum developed in front of the net for the loose ball, but time expired as Lynbrook held on to beat the Eagles, 10-9, Saturday at Hofstra.

"I love McDougal, man," Leighley said. "We had our best defender, Bouhall, on the sideline, man-down . . . my goalie is just the best and I love him."

It's the first Long Island championship since 2000 for the Owls (19-1), who advanced to play Yorktown in a state semifinal at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hofstra.

Even McDougal conceded he was a little nervous before the buzzer sounded.

"It was scary, but I had confidence in all of our defenders, even without Eddie out there," said McDougal, who recorded 13 saves. "It was an offensive game primarily, but we were able to come up big when it mattered. I was hoping my work was done, but I saw the ball rolling around in front, and I was just hoping one of the defensive guys could pick it up and it rolled all the way outside and the buzzer rang."

Fabel had four goals and one assist, Mike McVeigh added four assists, Gordon Purdie had two goals and two assists and Joe Grossi scored twice for Lynbrook.

After trailing early, the Owls went on a 5-0 run to make the score 8-5 with 8:44 left in the third quarter. Fabel accounted for four of those points with three goals and one assist during the pivotal run.

"We were hoping he'd blossom this season and he showed that today," Leighley said.

Said Fabel, "This is absolutely amazing. All the focus is usually on my teamamtes who have the headlines and have been on varsity longer, so as a third attackman, I fly under the radar. I take pride in that and like to get the job done when defenses don't focus on me as much."

Owen Daly, who Leighley calls "a beast," won 19 of 21 faceoffs, including all seven in the third quarter.

"I felt it coming in that I was pretty locked in," said Daly, who also scored a goal. "At the end of the game, it was scary but McDougal has been playing great for us and our defense is tremendous."

Rocky Point (18-2), which was led by Alex Borja's hat trick, cut a 10-7 deficit to one when Troy Reh scored with 2:34 left.

Yet Zach Barrett, Quentin Herrmann, McDougal and the rest of the Lynbrook defense (minus Bouhall) buckled down -- even if they had to hold their breath while doing so.

"I'm so excited for us now," said McDougal, "but it was a great relief."


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