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Mike Toy, Gordon Purdie rally Lynbrook lacrosse into Nassau Class B final

Lynbrook's Gordon Purdie takes the shot during a

Lynbrook's Gordon Purdie takes the shot during a Nassau Class B boys lacrosse quarterfinal against Wantagh at Hofstra on May 15, 2015. Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Lynbrook's boys lacrosse team didn't panic and didn't back down.

The Vikings are tough and resilient, and the bumps and bruises up and down the arms of Owen Daly and Gordon Purdie can attest to that.

When No. B2-1 Lynbrook (18-0) found itself trailing Wednesday in the second half for the first time all season in its Nassau B semifinal against No. B2-3 South Side (8-9), that resiliency showed.

Two goals by Mike Toy and one by Purdie inside the game's final minute erased a one-goal deficit and gave Lynbrook a 6-4 win.

"We hadn't been in that situation all season," Toy said, "but none of us wanted it to be our last game together."

Daly, the team's go-to faceoff option, went 10-for-13 against South Side. He won two in the final five minutes, leading to the go-ahead and insurance goals.

"Faceoffs are the game within the game," Daly said. "It's all toughness."

When Lynbrook found itself ahead late, it went straight to its go-to ball controller.

"I've developed a knack for holding the ball without getting it taken away," Purdie said, "and have built a confidence over the years."

Given their respective roles, Daly and Purdie are accustomed to being the focal point of their opponent's ire. They expect a little pain.

"They get hammered," coach Bill Leighley said, "but they can take it. They're real tough."

That trait has been the hallmark of the defending Long Island Class B champ, which next plays No. B2-2 Manhasset in the Class B final at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Hofstra.

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