Tyler Dunn is pretty particular about his lacrosse sticks. All four of them.
Manhasset's versatile star scored four goals to lead a 12-5 victory over Carey Thursday in a Nassau Class B boys lacrosse quarterfinal played at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium.
"One is for faceoffs. That one is pretty beat up and it's hard to keep the pocket," Dunn said. "Two are my playing sticks, which are meant for attack or midfield. And one is a backup."
Dunn scored three goals in a tight first half that ended with Manhasset clinging to a 6-4 lead. He added one more on a long rip during a five-goal third period that broke it open. That last goal, No. 32 for the season, brought a postgame smile.
"I scored one with my faceoff stick," he said proudly as he displayed his four tools of the trade. "People think I can't shoot with my faceoff stick."
That's not the case with his "playing sticks." Dunn curled from behind the cage for a dunk that broke a 2-2 tie with 17 seconds left in the first quarter and nailed a couple of perimeter blasts in the second quarter.
"He's got a motor that never quits," Manhasset coach Bill Cherry said. "He wants the ball in crunch time, too. We use him on faceoffs, attack and midfield. We've had a lot of great players here and he's the latest one."
Dunn had plenty of help Thursday. His brother, Logan, James Thomas and Matt Gavin scored two goals each, with Gavin adding two assists. Kevin Mack contributed three assists for Manhasset, which improved to 11-4 and advanced to the Nassau B semifinals on Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Hofstra against Garden City.
Nick Spillane's four goals led Carey, which finished 10-6.
"We talk about sharing the ball," Cherry said. "We cut without the ball, especially against a zone, and find the skip lane when a defender turns his head."
Dunn called it "ball-watching" and said the Chiefs love to capitalize on it: "Cutting is a big part of our offense and we'll always look for the open man."
Manhasset won its fifth straight and is averaging 14 goals during the streak. "We're peaking at the right time," Dunn said, "especially our offense. Fast break or slow break, we have a play for everything."
Just as Dunn has a stick for everything.
Garden City ousts Hewlett.Pat Gibbons scored three goals and added an assist and Luke McDaid scored a goal and contributed two assists as Garden City defeated Hewlett, 9-2, last night in the second game of the Nassau B quarterfinal at Hofstra.
Next up for Garden City (11-5) is a rematch against Manhasset in Tuesday's semifinal. Manhasset won the annual Wood Stick Classic, 13-10, on May 2. Hewlett finished 10-5.