It was a rare sight. Cold Spring Harbor, a team averaging nearly 16 goals per game, running clock and accepting stall warnings in the final minutes.
“That might’ve been our best offense of the second half,” Seahawks coach Dennis Bonn said with a wry smile.
Cold Spring Harbor, the defending state Class C lacrosse champion, is still alive for a repeat, thanks to yesterday’s 8-5 victory over gritty Babylon in the Long Island Championship played at Hofstra. Up next is a state semifinal against Pleasantville on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Hofstra.
“It was hard for us to come back from Tuesday,” Bonn said of the Seahawks’ emotionally satisfying 17-9 victory over Locust Valley in the Nassau C final. Locust Valley had dealt Cold Spring Harbor (16-1) its only loss, 10-9, on May 6, the only other time CSH had been held under 10 goals.
In fact, in their previous four games, the Seahawks had scored 15, 17, 16 and 17. Yesterday was the outlier. “Credit Babylon. They were more aggressive in the second half,” Bonn said.
In the first half, Cold Spring Harbor grabbed a 7-1 lead, with Kevin Winkoff scoring a hat trick and Ian Laviano producing a goal and two assists. Remarkably, Babylon (14-5) scored the only goals of the third quarter — by Nick Antolini and Brian Boehn. Will Reed took a nice feed from Matt Licciardi to make it 8-3, but Scott Sasso and Antolini each scored their second goals to make it 8-5 with 8:04 left.
Clearly this game wasn’t going to follow the script of recent Seahawks contests. “You never know what will happen. That’s why the goalie has to be the mentally toughest kid out there,” said Cold Spring Harbor goalie Devin Burdo, who made 10 saves.
“I made some saves early and that brings energy – to me and the team,” Burdo. “I was confident in the boys in front of me. The coaches told us their shooting tendencies. Even when it looked like it might be a goal, I kind of had an idea of where the shots were going.”
It’s a good thing because Cold Spring Harbor was unable to get as many shots – accurate or otherwise – against Babylon’s aggressive defense. Eventually, Bonn decided to basically stop trying.
“We just didn’t have it today. At times we played flat,” Bonn said. “When we had a three-goal lead, we were eating clock. If we have to, we’ll take the air out of the ball to try to win a game. We did a nice job of keeping it away from them.”
When Babylon did force a couple of turnovers late, Burdo was up to the task. “Devin had some key saves,” Bonn said.
Yesterday, saves were vital statistic.