By Gene Morris
LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 3/29/12
Smithtown West’s Craig Madarasz won the opening faceoff cleanly and brought the ball into Bay Shore territory.
He made a quick pass to James Pannell who quickly swung it behind to Matt Schultz. Schultz then hit a cutting Ryan Keenan who deposited the ball in the back of the net just eight seconds into what would be a decisive 10-1 first quarter for the Bulls.
The quick start helped Smithtown West (3-0) claim a 16-10 League I win over the Marauders. Keenan led the Bulls with four goals and an assist while Pannell had two goals and an assist and Schultz had a goal and two assists.
The key early on was Madarasz in the faceoff circle. “Craig did a great job on the face-off’s, winning them clean and starting breaks,” Smithtown West head coach Bob Moltisanti said.
It was 8-0 Smithtown before Bay Shore (1-2) could answer with a goal of its own. The Marauders did everything they could to get back in the game but the deficit was never less than five goals..
“We got off to a slow start, but they just dominated us in face-offs,” Bay Shore head coach Tim Cox said. “We were down 5-0 before we ever had the ball in our hands.”
The bright spot for Bay Shore was Griffin Rock, who scored five goals.
“Griffin plays hard start to finish,” Cox said. “He had five goals the game before, five this game, that’s the thing he does – he’s scored goals for us ever since he’s been up.”
Jakes Sheets contributed to the Bay Shore offense with two goals and two assists.
But on this afternoon it was all about the high octane offense of Smithtown West. A team ranked third in pre-season county coach’s poll put up an effort that will be tough for any defense to stop.
We did a good job offensively – we took advantage of every offensive opportunity we had,” Moltisanti said. “We couldn’t do much better offensively.”
Smithtown West 16, Bay Shore 10
Smithtown West 10-3-2-1
Bay Shore 1-2-2-5
Smithtown West: Ryan Keenan, 4 goals, 1 assist; James Pannell, 2 goals, 1 assist; Matt Schultz, 1 goal, 2 assists; Alex Dodge, 1 goal, 1 assist; Brian Masi, 1 goal, 2 assists; Eric Joseph, 1 goal, Christian Zawadski, 4 assists; Pat O’Brien, 2 goals; Nick Albanese, 1 goal; George Schultz, 1 goal; Anthony D’Aprile, 2 goals
Bay Shore: Griffin Rock, 5 goals; Lucas Rock, 1 goal, 2 assists; Jake Sheets, 2 goals, 2 assists; T.J. deLyra, 1 goal, Kevin Cockerill, 1 goal
Smithtown West: Ryan Adler 2/Matt Smidt, 10
Bay Shore: Joe Volauka, 4, Aaron Lewis, 5