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In the semifinals, the Trojans put together what may have been their most impressive offensive performance of the year as they defeated Yorktown, the Section One (Westchester) Champions, 14-4. The Cornhuskers came out strong in the first five minutes, taking a 1-0 lead which might have been more except for five outstanding saves by goalie Dan Marino.. From that point, the game was totally dominated by Garden City.
Devin Dwyer, a unanimous All-American, showed his stick mastery by assisting on five straight goals . Three of those went to Justin Guterding, who finished with four. Remarkably, GC scored three goals in a span of just 22 seconds. On a set play off a timeout, Patric Berkery rifled a pass to Dwyer, who caught Yorktown in a full team ride. He turned and made a perfect 40 yard pass to Guterding who put the ball into an empty cage. Before the crowd could settle down, James Sullivan, who played a vital role by winning 13 of 16 faceoffs, got the ball to Mark Ellis and the senior sprinter raced to the goal and beat the goalie for the first of his two scores.
GC took a commanding 10-3 lead at the half and they weren’t through as Dwyer picked up two more third quarter assists to finish with a school –tying playoff record seven. Berkery put in two more rifle-like shots and Cody George added his second goal of the game. The high-scoring Cornhuskers (16-4) were held to a single goal in the final two quarters.
LAX NOTES: Post season honors are coming in. Devin Dwyer has been named the Tri-State and Nassau County Player of the Year. Dan Marino is the Tri-State and Nassau County Goalie of the Year. Patric Berkery is the Nassau Midfielder of the Year and all three were named All-Americans. In addition, Ed Blatz, Justin Guterding, Liam Kennedy, Rob Savage and Eugene Berkery have been named All-County while Ryan Norton and Scott D’Antonio received All-County Honorable Mention....The GC boys and girls both won the state titles, a feat also accomplished in 1997 and 2000....One of the highlights of the Trojans trip home from Middletown was being met by a Garden City Police escort for a surprise welcome home on Seventh Street....Dwyer finished with a school record 217 career assists and 347 total points, tied with new GC Hall of Famer Dean Gibbons for second place behind Peter LeSueur’s 373.