It took Farmingdale a little while to warm up its engine Tuesday. There was some sputtering in the first quarter, but when the Dalers finally shifted into high, they left Lynbrook in the dust.
Kyle Tucker scored four goals with an assist and Joe Simons added a hat trick as Farmingdale beat host Lynbrook, 14-4, in a non-league game that opened the 2017 season for both teams.
“I want us to play fast and as the game went on, we did a good job of getting the pace that we wanted,” first-year coach Mike Hungerford said. He replaced iconic National Lacrosse Hall of Fame coach Bob Hartranft, who retired after last season with 708 career victories in 48 years at Farmingdale.
The Dalers showed the kind of scoring clusters they will need to challenge Nassau A powers Syosset and Massapequa this season. Lynbrook led 3-2 midway through the second quarter when Brian Michael broke free after a turnover to tie it with the first of 11 straight Farmingdale goals. Simons took a cross-crease feed from Tucker for the lead and Kevin DePalma made it three goals in 40 seconds with an unassisted tally.
In the third quarter, Simons dodged from behind the cage to make it 8-3 and just seven seconds later, Tucker finished off a fast break on a feed from Jake Oemcke, who won the faceoff cleanly. Fast enough for you, coach?
“We love playing fast and that’s what coach wants us to do,” Tucker said. “Make the right pass or the right shot as quickly as possible. I enjoy that style because it gives me the chance to pull the trigger quickly, something I like to do.”
Which is why Hungerford referred to Tucker, a senior attack and one of the team’s tri-captains, as, “a bit of a sniper. But this year, he’s got to be that guy for us.”
Tucker scored the slickest goal of the game in the fourth quarter, during a three-goals-in 1:51 flurry. He scooped up a ground ball and in one quick motion, shoveled an underhand shot into the net. “I can’t say I’ve been working on that shot,” Tucker said with a grin. “But I’ve watched college players like [NCAA all-time scoring leader] Lyle Thompson take shots like that. I’m looking to find the best shot from the best angle.”
Think fast, shoot fast. That’s the Dalers’ way.