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Brendan Nichtern, James Hall lead Massapequa to semifinal lacrosse win

Brendan Nichtern of Massapequa runs around Port Washington's Crew

Brendan Nichtern of Massapequa runs around Port Washington's Crew Weingard during their Nassau Class A boys lacrosse semifinal on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at Hofstra. Credit: David L. Pokress

Brendan Nichtern called it “Massapequa Lacrosse.” His childhood buddy James Hall called it “Chiefs Lacrosse.” By any name, it’s been synonymous in recent years with high-scoring, winning lacrosse and that tradition continues.

Nichtern scored five goals with three assists and Hall added four goals with an assist as Massapequa netted the game’s final 11 goals and blitzed Port Washington, 15-4, on Tuesday in a Nassau A semifinal at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium.

Nichtern scored from in front with four seconds left in the first half, then jump-started the second-half offensive outburst with an unassisted goal. Later in a 6-0 third quarter, Nichtern set up Hall for back-to-back goals with sharp passes and did it one more time for the game’s final goal with 4:05 left.

“We’ve been playing together since we were 5. There’s a very good chemistry between us,” Nichtern said.

Hall agreed. “Sometimes, we know just where the other one is on the field.”

All the Chiefs played nicely together in the second half, starting with Angelo Petrakis recovering from a tough second quarter to win six of seven faceoffs during the third quarter that set Massapequa’s transition game in motion.

That’s Chiefs lacrosse. “Play defense; share the ball and challenge everything,” Hall said.

Or it’s Massapequa lacrosse. “Great defense — less than 10 goals a game — and great possessions,” Nichtern said. “When our defense plays well, the offense does, too. In the second half, we got the ball more and our offense started scoring.”

Massapequa (15-2) advanced to its eighth straight county final, and will face the winner of Wednesday’s Syosset-Farmingdale game next Tuesday at Hofstra at 3:30 p.m. Mikey Beil scored twice for Port Washington, which finished 11-6.

As if the Chiefs weren’t dominating enough, they crushed the Vikings’ spirt by scoring with one second left in the first quarter (Sal Ienna), four seconds left in the second (Nichtern) to make it 5-4, and five seconds left in the third (Brian Lenaghan.)

“Brendan’s goal gave us momentum before the half,” Hall said. “But we were a different team in the second half.”

They were the Chiefs. Or they were Massapequa.

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