Got up early Thursday morning to watch the highly regarded Long Island team play Western New York on the turf at Canisius College.
Long Island was dominant offensively, but led only 3-2 at halftime because it hit five pipes in the first 20 minutes. [These games are 40 minutes instead of the high school length of 48.]
But the third quarter was a thing of beauty. Long Island scored two goals in the first two minutes and ran off five consecutive goals in less than six minutes for a 9-3 lead. After that, the defense and goaltending of Connetquot's Zach Oliveri (10 saves) were superb in a 10-4 victory.
The Smithtown West attack connection of Kyle Keenan and James Pannell led the offense. Keenan had three goals and two assists; Pannell had a goal and two assists. With Kyle's father Sean, the Smithtown West coach, watching in the stands, Keenan and Pannell teamed up for two pretty goals in the third-quarter barrage.
Long Island plays Hudson Valley at 4 o'clock Thursday afternoon. Its stiffest test in its quest to win the scholastic men's lacrosse title for the fifth consecutive time should come against Central New York (the Syracuse area) on Friday night. I plan to be there.
I'm off to check out the men's scholastic baseball team against Hudson Valley.