For Chaminade, the numbers didn’t tell the whole truth.
“We got the shots we wanted,” Flyers attack Regan Quinn said. “We didn’t make shots. We didn’t capitalize. We didn’t finish.”
Well, that’s not the whole truth, either. Quinn scored three goals and Chaminade’s defense continued to excel as the Flyers defeated host Ward Melville, 7-5, Saturday in a non-league duel of lacrosse blue-bloods played before an overflow crowd in East Setauket.
“Offensively, we ran what we wanted to run, but their goalie made some key stops and their defense disrupted the shooters’ rhythm,” Chaminade coach Jack Moran said.
While Ward Melville goalie Perry Cassidy did make 12 saves, some of them from point-blank range, he didn’t get the offensive support that Andrew Bonafede (10 saves) received. After a tight first quarter, the Flyers scored the only three goals in the second period to take a 5-1 halftime lead. With their defense led by Frankie Tangredi, Dominic Doria and Kellen Paradine also acting as a disruptive force, the Patriots never really threatened until the fourth quarter.
Andrew Lockhart scored on a feed from Matt Grillo to make it 7-4 with 7:10 left, but the Flyers killed off a penalty and Bonafede made a big save with 5:50 left. By the time Eddie Munoz scored to make it a two-goal game, there was only 1:21 left and the Patriots didn’t get off another good shot.
“Every game, our defense gets more confident in each other,” Moran said, after the Flyers improved to 3-1, the same record as Ward Melville, which is unbeaten in Suffolk I. “I’m happy with that aspect of our game.”
And while Moran would’ve been happy with more offensive production, he was pleased with his team’s persistence. The Flyers were undaunted by numerous empty possessions. They never stopped shooting.
Patrick Kavanagh, brother of former Notre Dame attack Matt and current Hofstra attack Brendan, proved to be an artful dodger himself when he escaped a defender behind the cage and buried it low for the first goal with 1:51 left in the opening quarter. The junior also made a key play early in the second quarter, giving Chaminade a 3-1 lead when he capitalized on a Ward Melville turnover, created some space and found a cutting Tangredi for a man-down goal.
“We had a bunch of shots in the first few possessions that missed,” Kavanagh said, “but we have a bunch of talented shooters so we just kept shooting.”
Sean Kuttin, on a feed from Aidan Byrnes, made it 4-1 and Quinn duplicated Kavanagh’s behind-the-cage maneuver to score with 1:35 left. Quinn, with a top-shelf blast, and Joseph deLyra, with a rocket after Quinn’s feed, made it 7-3 midway through the third quarter.
“Shooters shoot,” Quinn said with a laugh. That’s the whole truth.