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Dwyer leads top-ranked Garden City win

Garden City's Devin Dwyer (2) splits the Shoreham

Garden City's Devin Dwyer (2) splits the Shoreham defense with a shot and score from the top of the crease off a feed by Brian Badgett (11) in the first half. (April 28, 2012) Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Being ranked No. 1 in the country does not appear to be fazing the Garden City boys lacrosse team.

"We've tried to address it and talk about it," Garden City coach Steve Finnell said of being the top-ranked team in the country by Inside Lacrosse. "Our ultimate goal is to win the last game of the year. If you don't win your conference and the county, you don't get a chance to do that. I really feel if you don't focus on that, you're going to get tripped up."

Devin Dwyer (three goals and three assists) was one of eight different goal scorers for the top-ranked Trojans Saturday as they cruised past host Shoreham-Wading River, 13-4, in a non-league game at the fourth Lax Out Cancer day.

Garden City (11-0) led 3-0 after the first quarter and took a 5-2 lead at halftime when Dwyer, who leads Nassau in points (68) and assists (46), found Ryan Norton for his second goal of the game with four seconds left in the first half.

"Big momentum swing for us," Finnell said. "Third quarter, we came out firing and scored a couple of quick ones."

The Trojans took command during a 6-1 third quarter to expand their lead.

Lucas Clay scored a highlight-reel goal off a rebound with 3:39 left in the third quarter to make it 11-3. Justin Guterding (one goal, two assists) ran up the left side and ripped a shot which SWR's Tyler Lutjen deflected into the middle, where Clay caught the ball and took a shot between his legs for his seventh goal of the season.

Patric Berkery and Liam Kennedy each had two goals, Dan Marino made seven saves and James Sullivan was 11-for-19 on faceoffs for Garden City, which hosts Manhasset in the Woodstick Classic on Saturday.

Tim Rotanz had a goal and two assists and Lutjen made seven saves for Shoreham-Wading River (9-2).

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