Comsewogue was already in control, with a five-goal lead at halftime. But after a seven-goal explosion in the third quarter, the Warriors had clearly shifted into cruise control.
Brendon Donnelly scored five goals and Michael Lochren added four as host Comsewogue blew away Sayville, 15-2, on Thursday night, in what was expected to be a tight game between two of the top teams in Suffolk League II.
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"Sayville is a high-powered team, but sometimes that happens," Comsewogue coach Pete Mitchell said. "Offensively, we were more aggressive. We shared the ball, made the extra pass, picked up the ground balls . . . did all the little things."
Donnelly did some big things, scoring three straight goals as Comsewogue (7-1) grabbed a 6-1 halftime lead. He also scored off a feed from Ryan Keefe (one goal, three assists) to start the third-quarter blitz.
Lochren scored two of his goals in that period and Carlson (one goal, four assists) also scored on an unassisted blast.
"We just moved the ball around and played as a team," Donnelly said. "It felt great."
Especially for Donnelly, who made amends for missing the Warriors' last game because he violated a team rule, Mitchell said. "After not playing [in last Saturday's 8-7 loss to Shoreham-Wading River], I felt like I had to step up," Donnelly said.
In fact, Mitchell said Donnelly took a giant step. "He's been starting since he was a freshman," Mitchell said of the junior attack. "He's a big strong lefty who can really shoot. We've been waiting for a game like this from him to boost his confidence."
Considering that Sayville (6-2) entered the game with only one loss and was the top-seeded team in Class B according to the coach's preseason seeding, all of the Warriors should gain confidence from this one.
"When we click like this, we're unstoppable," Donnelly said.
But Mitchell cautioned against getting complacent. "Sayville isn't going anywhere. They beat us by seven goals last year," Mitchell said. "I'm sure they'll be much tougher the next time we face them."
That won't come until the Class B playoffs, when the stakes will be much higher.