For Sachem North, it's always about the "one more." As in one more pass.
"Coach always says, look for the 'one more.' So we keep the ball moving," said senior midfielder Jack Gannon, who had four assists. "The seniors have been playing together since first grade. Our chemistry is great. We don't just have one guy that can beat you. We all can score."
In advancing to Friday's semifinal against No. 1 West Islip at 4 p.m., No. 4 Sachem North (12-4) got four first-half goals from Cody Petillo and two goals and two assists from Kyle Rhatigan, both senior attacks. The Arrows appeared in total control, building leads of 9-4 and 10-5, the latter on senior Eric Talbot's second goal at the horn ending the third quarter.
"Then we got a little complacent," Sachem North coach Jay Mauro said. No. 5 Bay Shore (12-6) capitalized, specifically Griffin Rock. The midfielder scored three of his six goals in the fourth quarter as the Marauders closed to within 10-8 with 3:51 left.
But Gannon shook off a desperate double-team behind the cage and fed Rhatigan for what proved to be the winner with two minutes left. Jason Brigagliano scored with 51 seconds left and Rock scored on a deflection in front with six seconds left.
Bay Shore got the ball near midfield after a faceoff scrum but a bouncer by Brandon Mehler was off target. "We played through it," Mauro said of the Arrows' soft fourth quarter. "One of our strengths is that we share the ball and for most of the game, we looked for the 'one more' and kept it moving."
The beneficiary was junior goalie John Quinn, making his first varsity start. "He did a great job," Mauro said of Quinn's 12-save effort. "He kept getting better and better all season. He was splitting time but we decided to give him a chance."
Now, Quinn and all the Flaming Arrows will get at least one more.