Kyle Tucker didn’t stop to think about what he was doing. He just wound up and let it fly. But for the rest of his life, he’ll be thrilled to stop and think about what he did.
The senior attack scooped up the ball that had bounced off a defender and ripped home a high laser with five seconds left to give No. 3 Farmingdale a thrilling 11-10 victory over No. 2 Syosset Wednesday in a Nassau A boys lacrosse semifinal at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium.
“I didn’t think. I didn’t really aim,” said Tucker, who had two goals and three assists. “I knew the goalie was a little weak up high. I tried to shoot it high but I also tried to take my shot. I like to shoot it from my ankle so they don’t know exactly where it’s coming from.”
The Dalers had built a 10-6 lead on back-to-back goals by Joe Simons 11 seconds apart. His brother Darrin also had a pair of goals and Kevin DePalma netted a hat trick.
But the Braves’ Jared Goldberg started winning faceoffs and Syosset scored four consecutive goals in 3:36 to tie it at 10 with 2:58 left — by J.P. Lannig (three goals), David Moyett twice and Liam Kalbacher. “It was a little nerve-wracking watching them come back,” Tucker said.
The Dalers wound up with the last possession and got it to Darrin Simons, whose shot was blocked. Tucker collected the loose ball and scored his game-winner, but the clock in his head betrayed him. “Right after I scored I turned to a teammate and thought I had a buzzer-beater,” he said with a laugh. “Then I found out we had five seconds left.”
The clock ran out during a faceoff scrum, allowing the Dalers (13-4) to move into the Nassau A championship game on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at Hofstra. Syosset finished 14-3.
Of the game-winning sequence, Farmingdale coach Mike Hungerford said, “We didn’t get what we wanted at first. We wanted Kyle to go behind the cage. But it still ended up in Kyle’s stick. You want your veterans to make those plays.”
They usually are the quickest thinkers.