Coming off a victorious one-goal, one-assist performance against Miller Place in the regular-season finale a week prior, Islip’s Jack Trovato was prepared to make an even greater impact in a postseason rematch.
And that was certainly evident on Thursday.
The sophomore netted four goals and freshman Matthew Ferraro added two goals and one assist as No. 4 Islip defeated No. 5 Miller Place at home in a Suffolk Class C boys lacrosse quarterfinal, 8-1.
Islip (11-6) will visit Mount Sinai in the semifinals on May 24 at 5:30 p.m.
Despite accounting for half of Islip’s goal-scoring, Trovato immediately credited his teammates for putting him in position for more substantial success against Miller Place (10-7) this time around.
“I really didn’t even create my own shots,” Trovato said. “My teammates were getting me open and I was just finding spots to shoot from. It was just a great job by them.”
Trovato opened the scoring with back-to-back goals late in the first quarter. Ferraro tacked on another goal with 4.9 seconds left in the period to give Islip a 3-0 lead to end the period.
“Jack did a really good job,” Islip coach Keith Scheidel said. “When he caught the ball, he finished. I don’t know if he created too many for himself tonight, but we did a great job of finding him and he’s a great finisher.”
Both sides netted a goal in the second, as Islip entered halftime with a 4-1 advantage. Islip got two more goals from Trovato about midway through the third, stretching the lead to 6-1.
Ferraro and Jack Lepore recorded the final two goals in the fourth.
After studying film from the teams’ previous meeting — an 8-3 Islip victory — Trovato said the potential for improvement came down to a better possession rate. Richie Rindos made a stellar impact in that department, winning all 12 faceoffs for the Buccaneers.
Rindos said Islip also prides itself in putting together stout defensive efforts such as Thursday’s.
“We just have a bunch of tough guys on the ball,” Rindos said. “Guys don’t want to face our defense. Doesn’t matter who you are, we’re going to come out and play every time. We just have a bunch of kids who aren’t scared of who’s up against them.”
Islip goalie Nate Moran played a key role as well, making 11 saves.
Trovato said Islip’s confidence remains high heading into its semifinal matchup with Mt. Sinai.
“We just have to play our game,” Trovato said. “We’re talented and if we keep doing that, we’ll win.”