The Babylon boys lacrosse team entered the inaugural Long Island Class D championship battle tested.
If all you saw was the 13-4 final score the Panthers defeated Oyster Bay by Saturday at Stony Brook University you might think the grueling regular season schedule that saw them regularly playing Class B and C schools in Division II made the Baymen an easier opponent.
But if you looked deeper into the stats you’d see Babylon had to work hard and make the most of its opportunities — just what head coach John Greaney stresses.
“We’re a scrappy bunch and we don’t really have many all-Americans or Division I bound kids,” head coach John Greaney said. “We had a very tough regular season. We’re not very deep but I think the kids we have on the roster are blue collar. That’s been our calling card all year.”
The Panthers were out shot by Oyster Bay 27-26, won the ground ball battle by only a margin of 25-24 and won 12-of-21 face offs.
Scott Zeterberg scored with 2:34 remaining in the first half to put Babylon up 7-0. The Panthers took a 7-1 lead into halftime, thanks in large part to goalie Brendan Watt, who made 11 saves, including seven in the second quarter to keep Babylon comfortably in front.
“I think we had the better quality shots,” Greaney said. “The shots we gave up were willing to allow. On offense we were able to be patient and ended up with some layups.”
Zeterberg finished with four goals and Teddy Allen added five.
“Zeterberg has been our best offensive midfielder all season,” Greaney said. “He’s a big lefty who also plays soccer and he just works really hard.”
Greaney held special praise for the senior Allen, who returned late in the season from an injury to make an impact.
“He’s 5-foot-5 and 150 pounds soaking wet,” Greaney said. “We really get a lot out of him.”
The Panthers move on to play Westlake in a state semifinal Wednesday at Adelphi.
“We’re fortunate to come out of here with the win,” Greaney said. “ We have our work cut out for us — we know Wednesday we have to play our best game of the year.”