At Cold Spring Harbor, they sometimes play by the Jordan Rules: Give the senior midfielder the ball and watch him create some havoc.
Jordan Walter scored three goals, added an assist, and drew enough defensive attention to free up teammate Colin Burke for four goals as Cold Spring Harbor held off Locust Valley, 10-8, Monday in Bayville to clinch the Nassau Conference C regular-season title with an 8-0 league record.
"That's how we operate. We don't keep it on one guy's stick," said Walter, who will play at Notre Dame next year and plans to be at Hofstra on Saturday when the Fighting Irish play Albany in an NCAA Tournament quarterfinal game.
The Seahawks like to keep the ball moving on the perimeter until one of its cutters gets open. "Ball movement and hit the open man," Burke said. "We have a great team offense and today the ball just came to me. It definitely helps to have Jordan preoccupy the defense."
Walter, who has a team-best 31 goals this season, found Burke open at the doorstep midway through the third quarter, driving hard down the right side, drawing the defensive slide and whistling a pass across the crease right onto Burke's stick for the slam dunk.
"I saw him out of the corner of my eye," Walter said.
Walter had scored the Seahawks' first two goals, one on a coast-to-coast dash and the other on a perimeter blast from the high slot, to spark a 5-0 run and a 5-1 lead. But the Falcons (6-2) rallied twice.
First they cut it to 5-3 with two goals in 12 seconds in the second quarter -- by Tyler Liantonio and Louie Jokinsky. Then, after Burke scored on a man-up goal and Walter followed with an unassisted tally to give Cold Spring Harbor a seemingly safe 10-5 lead with 10:45 left, Locust Valley again sprang to life.
The visitors scored three goals in 1:25 -- Angelo Caiazzo, Joe Bressingham and Mike Madsen (two goals) off a slick feed from Owen Trepeta (two goals, two assists) -- to make it 10-8 with 1:59 left.
"It seems we always get into situations like that," Walter said. "But we find a way to get out of it."
Usually, it's Walter to the rescue. Monday, he simply got the ball late and ran out the clock. "He's a four-year starter and now he lets the game come to him. He's much more composed, knowing the slides always come to him," Cold Spring Harbor coach Dennis Bonn said. "He's an athlete, and when he has the ball in his stick, the other team gets a little antsy."