MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- Trevor Brosco got the scoring started for Shoreham-Wading River just 13 seconds into yesterday's 10-6 win over Penn Yan in the Class C boys lacrosse state championship. But Brosco's 48th goal of the year was costly as the Notre Dame-bound midfielder took an elbow to the head from a Penn Yan defender as he scored and was taken to a local hospital for evaluation of a possible concussion.
"He's the best midfielder we've ever had and we've had great midfielders," coach Tom Rotanz said of Brosco. "He faces off, he shoots lefty, righty, buries goals, plays great defense and to have someone like that go down was very upsetting."
Brosco drew an unnecessary roughness penalty on his goal, which set up an extra-man opportunity for the Wildcats, who scored just 13 seconds later to take a 2-0 lead only 26 seconds into the game.
Mike Loscalzo did an excellent job in place of Brosco at the faceoff X, winning 12 of 17.
"When [Brosco] went out then I knew I had to step it up and had some big shoes to fill, but we pulled together and got it done," Loscalzo said. "My wings really helped me out and everybody was behind me, kept cheering me on, giving me confidence"
Said Rotanz, "You ask a sophomore to step up like that -- that's the definition of a team. He played sensational at the faceoff X."
Penn Yan cut it to 5-3 with 5:14 to go in the third but SWR responded. Tim Rotanz scored with 26.9 seconds left in the quarter and Loscalzo won the ensuing faceoff, which led to Ryan Bray's pivotal goal for SWR with 14.2 seconds to go in the third.
"I knew I was being pretty quick off the draw so figured I could get it down, we could bang it to Tim and we did that all season," said Loscalzo, who passed to Rotanz to set up Bray's goal. "We play off the fast break so I knew that if I got it down there they'd be able to finish it."