The consensus No. 1 team in the country, top-seeded Garden City, routed No. 3 Wantagh, 14-1, in the Nassau Class B boys lacrosse final at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium Wednesday. It is the seventh straight county title and 18th overall for the Trojans (19-0), who face the of Comsewogue-Sayville winner in the Long Island Championship at 6 p.m. Saturday at Hofstra.
Dan Marino made seven saves for Garden City, which shut out Wantagh for more than 43 minutes. Including the regular-season matchup on May 9 the Trojans held the Warriors, who average more than 14 goals per game, scoreless for more than 70 minutes.
"We studied the game film from earlier this month and really challenged our defense to play disciplined," Garden City coach Steve Finnell said.
Matt Balzano scored the lone goal for Wantagh (15-4) with 4:39 to play. The Warriors played a strong first quarter but could not beat Marino.
Justin Guterding and Liam Kennedy each had three goals and Devin Dwyer had three assists for Garden City.
"Our defense played out of their mind. They played incredible," said Kennedy, who also had an assist. "We started off playing about five minutes of defense and our defense didn't let up one goal."