Comsewogue goalie Jake MacGregor knows all about the powerful shot of teammate Will Snelders.
“No one can stop his shot,” MacGregor said. “He’s beaten me many times in practice. It’s too fast and it’s too accurate, especially when he puts his weight into it.”
Snelders, at 6-1, 230 pounds, is built more like the tight end that he plays for the Warriors in the fall than a typical quick-and-shifty attack. But Snelders blasted from outside and backed his way in for a career high seven goals to lead host No. 3 Comsewogue to a 12-4 victory over No. 6 Westhampton Saturday in a Suffolk B quarterfinal.
“I try to take advantage of my size all the time,” said Snelders, a junior who scored Comsewogue’s first two goals and then four straight spanning the third and fourth quarters when the Warriors broke it open with a 7-0 run. “You want to keep shooting. I think I took about 15 shots today.”
Comsewogue (13-3) will visit No. 2 Shoreham-Wading River in a Suffolk B semifinal on Thursday. Many of the Wildcats were in attendance because they had defeated Glenn in a morning game. They saw not only a huge offensive performance by Snelders but also an impressive defensive effort by MacGregor and his back line led by Matt Spahr that held high-scoring Dylan Laube (62 points) to just one assist.
MacGregor only had to make eight saves, but he stopped Eric Caldwell (three goals to finish with 40) at point-blank range twice when the game was tied at 2. “Eric is a great player. I played with him in the summer,” MacGregor said. “I picked up a couple of things and I had an idea where he would shoot it.”
When the game was still up for grabs at 6-3, MacGregor made a save and flashed some fancy stick-work and footwork to clear the ball and trigger a fast break that ended with — of course — a Snelders unassisted goal.
“I had to change eye levels from low to high,” said Snelders, who added that the defense gave the offense a lift. “We trust our defense and our goalie. We know we don’t have to score on every possession.”
The Warriors scored more than enough to give MacGregor a comfortable day. “When I make a couple of saves early, it gets my confidence up,” MacGregor said. “It’s hard to score on a hot goalie and I was feeling it today.”
After all, he didn’t have to stop any of Snelders’ shots.