When it comes to angles, Ian Laviano has cornered the market.
The Cold Spring Harbor attack can score shoot it high, with an over-the-top motion. He can sling it sidearm from the wings. He can use a golf-like swing to sweep it low. And when he has the time, he can wind up and blast it low-to-high with power and precision.
Laviano scored four goals and added and two assists to lead Cold Spring Harbor to a comfortable 15-8 victory over North Shore Tuesday night in a Nassau C semifinal at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium. The two-time defending state champion Seahawks improved to 17-0, extended their winning streak over two years to 24 games and remained the only undefeated team in the state.
Cold Spring Harbor will play for the county championship at 8:30 p.m. next Tuesday at Hofstra against the winner of Wednesday’s Lynbrook-Locust Valley game.
Laviano is part of a three-headed senior-class monster that has served the Seahawks well in pursuit of a third straight state title. Once again, the high-octane offense started with middie Matt Licciardi winning a faceoff, racing to the sidelines to change sticks and racing back to join the play.
He scored two goals with four assists and won 12 of 19 faceoffs. The third cog in the wheel of good fortune for CSH is hard-shooting middie Taylor Strough, who scored four goals with a rare assist.
The Big Three set the tone early combining for five goals and four assists as the Seahawks built an 8-2 lead midway through the second quarter. North Shore never recovered. The Vikings finished 13-4 and were led by Ryan Aughavin, who had two goals and two assists.
And here’s another sharp angle: CSH’s trio tops the county leaderboard: Laviano in points (90, including 56 goals); Licciardi in assists (57 among his 75 points) and Strough in goals (55, with 10 assists).