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'Monster' trio propel Cold Spring Harbor to Nassau Class C title

Cold Spring Harbor poses for a team photo

Cold Spring Harbor poses for a team photo after defeating Mineola in the Nassau Class C championship game at Hofstra University in Hempstead on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Credit: Steven Ryan

Ryan Winkoff had a simple answer when asked to describe the myriad talents of his linemates on Cold Spring Harbor's first attack unit.

"They'll score if I pass it to them," Winkoff said with a laugh.

Actually, Ian Laviano and Colin Burke will score if anyone passes them the ball. And they'll pass it back, too. The trio totaled eight goals and six assists on Tuesday to lead Cold Spring Harbor to a 16-8 boys lacrosse victory over Mineola in the Nassau Class C title game at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium. The Seahawks (15-1) will play for the Long Island championship against the winner of Wednesday's Sayville-Mount Sinai Suffolk C final, at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Stony Brook. James Gerstner had three goals and an assist for Mineola (14-4).

"We call it our three-headed monster," CSH coach Dennis Bonn said. "Each of them brings something different to the offense."

Laviano, a sophomore, scored four goals with an assist. "He can do everything and he brings energy," Bonn said.

Burke, a senior, scored three goals with three assists. "He goes to the cage hard and dodges from the wing," Bonn said.

Winkoff, a senior, scored a goal with two assists. "He goes back and forth at the 'X' [behind the cage] and can wear you down with his change of direction,' Bonn said.

The Seahawks outscored the Mustangs 7-0 in the third quarter to build a 12-2 lead. "Every game we explode at some point," Winkoff said.

The "monsters" totaled four goals and two assists in the period. "Once the ball starts rolling, we have a lot of weapons," Bonn said. "It's a real luxury."

The three seemed completely in sync. "We know if we move the ball good things will happen," Burke said. "We know where each other is."

Usually, it's in a good position to score or set up a linemate. "Our chemistry is good," Laviano said. "It can be scary for a defense."

That's what monsters do.

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