By Gene Morris
LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 4/17/12
West Islip jumped out to an 8-2 halftime lead and defeated host Sachem East, 10-5, today in boys’ lacrosse action.
Senior Tom Moore led the Lions with four goals, three of which were in the first half. West Islip (6-1) was playing without junior midfielder Nick Aponte, a key offensive component. Lions head coach Scott Craig said that Aponte should be good to go for Thursday night’s showdown at Smithtown West.
Jon Reese added three goals for West Islip and Brendan Smith had a pair. Jack Kelly made nine saves.
Sachem East (3-5) was able to get within 9-5 with three consecutive second half goals, the last of which gave Mike Buencamino a hat trick.
Craig was unhappy with his team’s play in the second half: “In the second half I just thought we played very lethargically and without a purpose.”
With a six-goal lead entering the second half it was possible that the Lions were looking ahead to the Smithtown West matchup.
“It’s a bit of a trap game but it’s also the heat,” Craig said. “There’s a lot of different things and I think Sachem East didn’t look at the scoreboard – they just continued to play.We looked at the scoreboard and that was the difference.”
That was a stark difference from the feelings of Sachem East head coach Robert Murphy, who was happy the way his team improved as the game went on but was less than thrilled by the way they came out early.
“When I came out here in pregame we were kind of sunning ourselves and relaxed, and I said that’s not good enough against a team like this, this is one of the best teams in the nation,” Murphy said. “As they played they woke up a little – they’re their own worst enemies. They take it easy sometimes and they play hard sometimes. when they play hard they’re a pretty good team.”
For the Lions it was a quality road win without one of its most talented players and gives West Islip the ability to finally focus on the Bulls of Smithtown West.
“I think it’s going to be a really good game,” Craig said. “I think we’ll play with more focus for four quarters than we did today. They’re a team that if they control the faceoff situation they can string goals on you.”
Both teams have explosive scorers and the key to the matchup will be at the faceoff x.
“If we possess the ball we’ll be alright,” Craig said. “It’s going to be a very competitive game and if we don’t possess the ball then we could be up against it a little bit.”
West Islip 10, Sachem East 5
West Islip: 4-4-1-1 – 10
Sachem: 0-2-2-1 – 5
Tom Moore, 4 goals; Jon Reese, 3 goals; Brendan Smith, 2 goals; Anthony DeLuca, 1 goal, 1 assist; Ryan Wieczorek, 2 assists; Kevin Braddish, 1 assist, Dan Alotta, 1 assist; Paul Riportella, 1 assist;
Jack Kelly: 9 Saves
Sachem East: Mike Buencamino, 3 goals; Tom Engelken, 1 goal; A.J. Solomito, 1 goal; John Vigh, 1 assist.
Eric Poppito 13 saves