By Gene Morris
LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 4/25/12
After two straight one goal games against rivals West Islip (7-6 loss) and Smithtown East (10-9 win) the Smithtown West Bulls traveled today to Walt Whitman to play a Wildcat team that is one of the most improved teams on Long Island.
The Bulls (9-1) made sure to put this one away early, charging out of the gate, scoring six in the first quarter en route to a 17-6 victory over the Wildcats (7-3).
“With our offense and with our face off guy if we can get the ball back to those kids we have the capability of having some big quarters and that’s what happened today,” Smithtown head coach Bob Moltisanti said.
Craig Madaresz was dominant at the “X,” generating a plethora of offensive opportunities early. “Those kids” that Moltisanti referred to – namely James Pannell, Matt Schultz, Ryan Keenan and Alex Dodge – had a field day early.
“When our kids are playing well, especially with Craig facing off – It’s a credit to those kids when we have big quarters that kind of takes people out of what they’re used to doing,” Moltisanti said.
Pannell, Schultz, Keenan and Dodge all finished the game with three goals and two assists.
Mike Chimenti and Mitchell Bermudez each scored three goals for Whitman, which already has matched last season’s win total.
“Offensively we’re doing a good job of sharing the ball and working for good shots,“ Moltisanti said. “I’m happy about the offense making the extra passes and defensively we still have some things we need to clean up.”
After a one goal loss to West Islip and a one goal win over Smithtown East, the Bulls enjoyed jumping ahead early and made sure this one was out of reach in the late stages.
“It’s always nice because you’re allowed to be patient on offense and work for good shots,“ Moltisanti said. “And defensively you kind of settle in and don’t have to worry about taking the ball away from people.”
Smithtown West 17, Walt Whitman 6
Ryan Keenan: 3 goals, 2 assists
James Pannell: 3 goals, 2 assists
Matt Schultz: 3 goals, 2 assists
Alex Dodge: 3 goals, 2 assists
Pat O’Brien: 2 goals, 1 assist
Christian Zawadski: 1 goal, 2 assists
Dylan Boesch: 1 goal
Eric Joseph: 1 goal
Bryan Masi: 1 assist
Ryan Adler: 6 saves
Mike Chimenti: 3 goals
Mitchell Bermudez: 3 goals
Christian Rovet: 2 assists
Ian Zakow: 1 assist
Dan Freidman: 16 saves
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