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Matt Selts, Spencer Andrews help Sayville to 10-9 win

Sayville's Spencer Andrews wins the face-off against Bayport-

Sayville's Spencer Andrews wins the face-off against Bayport- Blue Point's Brian Ward. (April 26, 2013) Credit: Daniel De Mato

If Sayville's boys lacrosse team were cast in a movie, Matt Selts and Spencer Andrews would not be on the marquee.

They are not yet stars, or even co-stars, but their roles are more than mere cameo appearances.

Selts had two goals and an assist and Andrews scored a crucial goal and won 14 of 21 faceoffs as Sayville ended a three-game losing streak with a difficult 10-9 victory over host Bayport-Blue Point Friday in Suffolk Division II.

"That's what happens when you key on other guys," said Sayville coach Christian Doller, referring to seniors Zach Sirico (one goal, two assists), Andrew Gonzalez (two goals, one assist) and Connor O'Neill (two goals), the team's leading men.

That trio helped Sayville (6-4) build a 6-1 first-half lead, but when the spotlight found Bayport-Blue Point (7-3) in the second half, what started out as a laugher turned into a tense drama.

The Phantoms scored four straight goals in the third to cut the deficit to 6-5. Brett Daigle scored shorthanded to give Sayville a 7-5 lead, but Ryan Hake (two goals, four assists) fed Jake Weinman for a man-up goal to again cut the deficit to one.

That's when Selts and Andrews did their star turn. Selts, a sophomore, scored unassisted and then made a nifty dodge to set up Andrews, a junior, in front to give Sayville a 9-6 lead with 11 seconds left in the third.

"That was just 'ice' from behind the cage," Selts said of his isolation move. "Spencer made a great cut."

The Phantoms cut into the deficit again, as Brian Ward and Austin Belz scored 37 seconds apart to make it 9-8 with 6:59 left. A minute later, Selts took a pass from Gonzalez at the right crease and scored what proved to be the game-winner.

Hake made it 10-9 with 5:08 left but Andrews immediately won a huge faceoff, giving Sayville the all-important possession. He had done the same thing late in the third quarter to spark that two-goal flurry.

"It's all about quickness and speed," said Andrews, a practitioner of the clamp method of winning faceoffs. "You don't necessarily go harder, but you know you have to control it. You know the situation in the game."

The script called for Selts and Andrews. They nailed their lines.

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