There's a reason why no Manhasset boys lacrosse player or coach was surprised to see goalie John Paul Young make the game-saving stop Wednesday that led the Indians to a county final.
"I don't think I've ever met someone in my entire life who works as hard as John Young," midfielder James Farrell said.
"He's a workaholic," coach Bill Cherry said. "He does everything possible to make himself better."
"He's always working; he's resilient," defender Austin Orlando said.
That means practice after practice. On Sunday mornings. Before games. After games.
It translated into Young making a save on a shot from point-blank range with 12 seconds left as No. 4 Manhasset beat No. 1 Garden City, 4-3, Wednesday in a Nassau Class B semifinal at Hofstra. Garden City had won the last eight county titles in Class B.
"On that last shot, I saw him get open on the crease and I just tried to step up a little bit to take away as much of the goal as I possibly could so he wouldn't have a lot to shoot at," said Young who had six saves in the game. "It managed to hit the inside of my leg and it didn't trickle in."
Manhasset (11-7) will play No. 2 Lynbrook at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the county final at Hofstra.
Garden City (15-3), after taking a 3-0 lead with 9:30 left in the second quarter, was held scoreless for the final 33 minutes and 30 seconds.
The Trojans had possession with one minute left, yet defenders Orlando, Benny Borgognone and Ryan Kiess didn't allow enough space for a decent shot.
"It was great," Orlando said. "When it came down to crunch time we knew what we had to do."
Matt Gavin scored the winner off an assist from Farrell with 6:05 remaining in the fourth quarter. After the ball went into the net, Gavin ran toward Farrell and leaped into his teammate's arms.
"Hallelujah," Gavin said. "It was a great feeling scoring that goal and to get us up at that point. It was a miracle."
Five of Manhasset's losses this season were decided by one goal, including a loss to Garden City. Resiliency, hard work and a will to improve. In many ways, Young epitomizes the turnaround Manhasset has experienced.
"He has been having a fantastic year, not only today, but every game," Orlando said.
"He has been unbelievable. Without him I don't know where we'd be. This turns everything around, especially against our longtime rivals."
Locust Valley wins. Joe Madsen had four goals and one assist and his twin brother Mike added three goals as No. 3 Locust Valley beat defending county champion and second-seeded Friends Academy, 13-11, Wednesday night in a Nassau Class C semifinal at Hofstra.