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Faceoff ace Joey Froccaro scores 4 goals to lift Port Washington

Port Washington's Joey Froccaro makes a behind-the-back shot

Port Washington's Joey Froccaro makes a behind-the-back shot during a non-league varsity boys lacrosse game against Locust Valley at Centre Island Beach Village Park on Thursday, March 19, 2015. Credit: James Escher

Forget faceoff, get off.

Known by its acronym, FoGo, "faceoff, get off'' is the popular lacrosse phrase used to describe a faceoff specialist who rarely sees time on the field doing anything else. After winning faceoffs, "FoGos'' pass the ball to a teammate and run off the field.

Joey Froccaro wants no part of that job description. Instead, he would rather take a faceoff, win it, carry the ball into the opponent's territory and score a goal -- preferably in as little time as possible.

That's what the senior midfielder did three times Thursday to lead Port Washington over defending Class C county champion Locust Valley, 16-3, in a non-league game at Centre Island Park in Bayville.

Froccaro won 13 of 18 faceoffs, including nine of the first 10. More impressive was what he did after securing the possessions. He scored three straight goals, each after winning a faceoff, in a span of 58 seconds only two minutes into the game.

After winning a draw, Froccaro stormed down the field with the ball in his stick, and within a few seconds he connected from close range for his first goal with 11:02 left in the first quarter. He won the ensuing faceoff and again scored. He also won the following faceoff, ran toward the crease, faked a pass to his left, then connected for his third goal with 10:04 left in the first.

"Sometimes you just start feeling good, and once you get momentum going, the juices start flowing,'' said Froccaro, who scored another goal in the third quarter. "Next thing you know, you're winning all of them.''

Then, in Froccaro's case, scoring a few goals. "We get hyped up just watching him play,'' Vikings defender John Neil said.

Seth Obadia added four goals and Conor Jenkinson had three goals and one assist for Port Washington (2-0), which led 12-2 at halftime.

John Pedranghelu, Mike Madsen and Owen Trepeta each scored for Locust Valley (0-2).

Neil and Charlie Scharf did a solid job defending the Falcons' top two scoring threats: Mike and Joe Madsen, who each had more than 45 goals last season. Of course, Neil said, things were made easier defensively because of Froccaro's routinely securing the ball.

After the season, one in which he hopes to lead the Vikings into a deep postseason run in Class A, Froccaro will head to Princeton where he also doesn't intend to only take faceoffs.

"No,'' Froccaro said with a laugh. "Definitely not. Forget that.''


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