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TROJANS TOP DUXBURY, MOVE TO THE TOP OF THE POLLS 05/29/2012
BY JAKE WHITE
Ten up, ten down. That has been the fate of all of Garden City High’s 2012 lacrosse opponents. With another victory over a ranked opponent and two more conference wins, the Trojans have not only gone undefeated through two-thirds of their regular season schedule, they have moved to the top of three major polls. Inside Lacrosse now ranks Garden City number one in the nation while MSG Varsity ranks them first in the tri-state area, and the New York State Sportswriters Association has GC as the top Class B team in New York State.
“It is nice to see the players being recognized for all the hard work they’ve put in,” said Coach Steve Finnell. “However, the last thing we need to do is to get too caught up in polls. Our goal is to win championships and we have major challenges ahead of us.” The next big hurdle is tomorrow (Saturday) when the team travels to Shoreham-Wading River for a rematch of last year’s Long Island Class B final which was won by the Trojans, 9-4. S-WR has moved to Class C this year. Game time is 3 p.m.
The highlight of last week was another impressive win over a ranked opponent. The host Trojans defeated Duxbury, MA 10-5 last Saturday, dominating one of the top teams in New England. GC’s high scoring attack continued to pile up points while the defense, highlighted by goalie Dan Marino who made nine saves, shut down Duxbury. It was a rough game which at one point saw the Trojans play three men short and still keep Duxbury from scoring.
Devin Dwyer contributed a goal and five assists while Liam Kennedy had three goals and Rob Savage two. Justin Guterding had a goal and two assists. GC spotted the Dragons (6-2) two goals, then outscored them 10-1 before yielding two late, meaningless goals.
The Trojans (10-0 over-all) improved their conference record to 5-0 with two one-sided victories.
At Great Neck South, Coach Fiinnell did not dress his first midfield, two starting defensemen and his number one goalie. He did let his attack play the first quarter and they helped build a 9-0 lead. With reserves playing for nearly three quarters, the Trojans won, 22-1. Thirteen different players scored goals, led by Liam Kennedy and Jack Worstell who scored three each. Dwyer had five assists – all in the first period.
On Tuesday, Dwyer and Kennedy put on a show as they combined for 17 first half points in an 18-5 win at Jericho. Kennedy scored six goals to raise his season total to a team-leading 31. Dwyer recorded seven assists for a Long Island-best 43. Devin now has 185 career assists, just eight short of the school record of 193 compiled by three-time All-American Peter LeSueur ’01.
LAX NOTES: Saturday’s game at Shoreham-Wading River will be telecast live on MSG Varsity as will the Wood Stick Classic vs. rival Manhasset at Garden City a week from Saturday (May 5) at 4:30 p.m......GC hosts Bellmore JFK Tuesday at 4:30....Tim Goettelmann, the founder of Monster’s Kids which sponsors the May 5 Garden City vs. Manhasset Alumni Game, reports that over 60 former Garden City players have already signed up to play. Oddly, Manhasset is still in need of players....Among Duxbury’s wins is a 10-8 victory over two-time defending N.Y. State Class B Champion Jamesville-DeWitt.......GC coaches are impressed with the quick stick ability of Lucas Clay, who has helped make the man-up offense so potent.