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Garden City goalie Marino saves the day

Garden City goalkeeper Dan Marino protects during a

Garden City goalkeeper Dan Marino protects during a game against Yorktown in the New York State Class B boys lacrosse semifinal game. (June 6, 2012) Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- Dan Marino had his head on a swivel during the second quarter of Garden City's 11-4 win over Irondequoit in the state boys Class B lacrosse championship Saturday afternoon. The Virginia-bound goalkeeper made all eight of his saves during a stressful second period in which Irondequoit dominated possession.

"As you know, possession is key in this game and to see our offense not get the ball and do what they do throughout all that time, it's pretty scary," said Marino, who was named the outstanding defensive player of the game. "I looked at my 'D' and I looked at how much time we had on the clock and I just said 'finish out these next three minutes' and kept going in interval times. They didn't let me down. They had a few shots but they were all shots that I wanted to see."

Marino made a pair of huge point-blank saves in the middle of the second quarter to keep the score tied at 2. He made a save off his leg with 4:25 to go before the half to finally give Garden City possession.

"It was tough because in the first quarter, I wasn't seeing the ball as great," Marino said. "[Irondequoit's Nick Doktor] is a great player and he put one by me early and I was getting a little nervous at first. I just settled back and took a deep breath and took it from there."

The Trojans did not have a shot in the second quarter until Liam Kennedy had a shot on goal with 2:43 left. They were outshot by the Eagles 13-1 and 8-1 in shots on goal in the period.

All Devin Dwyer, Justin Guterding and Kennedy could do was stand and watch from the restraining line at midfield as Marino had to come up with one big save after another as Irondequoit, which also had a 9-4 edge on ground balls in the second, prolonged its possessions.

"You think it should be a little nerve-racking but when we have Dan in the net, we have complete confidence in him," Dwyer said. "It was a great day to have his best game of the year and he just stepped up huge for us."

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