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Savona's career-high six goals lead Massapequa

Massapequa High School's Brandon Savona #7 puts a

Massapequa High School's Brandon Savona #7 puts a shot on goal during a Boys Varsity Lacrosse game played at Baldwin High School. (May 8, 2012) Credit: Dan Neri

Brandon Savona is a natural goal scorer. The senior attack leads a balanced Massapequa offense with 41 goals and can find the net with both power and finesse.

"Sav always happens to be in the right spot at the right time and he finishes," Massapequa coach Tim Radomski said. "He knows how to finish and that's what he's there for."

It was more of the same Tuesday as Savona scored a career-high six goals to lead Massapequa over host Baldwin, 18-6, in a Nassau Conference I boys lacrosse game.

Craig Berge added a goal and four assists as Massapequa (12-1, 9-0) clinched at least a share of the conference title and is the clear favorite for the No. 1 seed in Class A in the playoffs that start next week.

Savona scored three of his goals during a 6-0 Massapequa run in 7:35 spanning late in the first quarter to midway through the second to give the Chiefs a 7-1 lead.

"I just kept shooting and they kept falling," Savona said.

One of his goals is particularly memorable for the way it was set up. Joe Danaher, who finished with nine saves, made an outlet pass to midfield, where Berge made an amazing play in the closing seconds of the first half.

Berge came onto the field to get the ball and froze his defender with a stutter step all in a split second before running to the cage and finding Savona for his fourth goal of the game as Massapequa took a 9-3 lead into the break.

"He threw it before I even got onto the field and I caught it," Berge said. "I saw the guy coming out of the corner of my eye. I made a move and went to the goal."

Berge's impromptu maneuver was nothing new for Radomski.

"He makes moves in practice where he fakes out the coaches with some of his passes," Radomski said of Berge, a sophomore. "We don't even know where the ball is and it's still in his stick. He finds ways to get the ball down to the attack guys where he turns and sticks it.

"He's very unselfish."

The second half mirrored the first both on the scoreboard and on the field as Massapequa dominated possession and the pace of the game.

Mike Ainbinder had two goals and two assists for Baldwin (9-5, 7-2).


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