Shutting down opposing attacks has become so commonplace for Rob Enright, he can't seem to appropriately judge his performances.
"Did I do well?" he asked after he, goalie Joe Danaher (12 saves) and the rest of the Massapequa defense held Oceanside scoreless for the final 19:56 of Tuesday's 19-9 Conference I boys lacrosse win at Burns Park.
Enright guarded Oceanside's Chris Hughes, Long Island's points leader (58) entering yesterday's action, most of the afternoon and held him to one goal and one assist. "He uses his size very well," Enright said of Hughes, "so I had to keep my feet moving and stay low."
Massapequa (7-2, 6-0) led 10-9 before scoring nine unanswered goals. Ian Lukaszewicz scored three of the first four in the closing run, and finished with four goals and two assists.
On the goal that made it 11-9 with 7:21 left in the third, Lukaszewicz took a feed from Jamie Shand (four goals, four assists), scored, then was decked to the turf -- drawing an unnecessary roughness call.
Shand scored on the ensuing man-up opportunity on a one-timer from Dylan Sheehan (four goals, two assists). Said Lukaszewicz: "In the second half, we started sticking our shots. But it doesn't matter if you beat a team by one or 100, you gotta keep working."
That's the motto coach Tim Radomski has been preaching with a looming matchup against fellow Conference I unbeaten Farmingdale on Friday.
"We played Chiefs defense," Radomski said of the second-half performance. "Hopefully, we'll carry that into Friday."
It seemed Massapequa was in for a second straight barnburner after taking a 9-8 lead into the break. But, as opposed to last Wednesday's 8-7 overtime loss to Connetquot, the Chiefs were able to outlast a Moltisanti-led team -- Bob Moltisanti is the coach of Oceanside, and son Bob Jr. leads Connetquot.
"They probably exchanged some info on us," Radomski said smiling. "[Tuesday] was good for us after losing a heartbreaker to Connetquot."
Austin Akner and Greg Gilbert each scored two goals for the Sailors (6-4, 4-3). But Massapequa's faceoff men, Steve Romano and Tim Maisch, made sure to keep the ball out of their hands for too long. They went 22-for-32 on draws, including 18 wins for Romano.
Massapequa scored a season-high 19 goals and eclipsed 11 for the seventh time this season, but it was Enright and the defense that keyed the second-half avalanche.
"In the first half, we were giving them easy layups,'' he said. "In the second, we played as a six-man unit. We had our chemistry going."