By Gene Morris
LIlacrosseNews.com, Posted 5/10/12
The Wantagh Warriors welcomed undefeated an nationally No. 1 Garden City to its home turf Wednesday afternoon. The Warriors, like each of the Trojans’ 14 previous opponents this season, looked for a victory to vault them among the nation’s elite.
Wantagh held tough for a half, going into the intermission tied at five. But just like each of the Trojan’s previous opponents, the Warriors were unable to hang for the full 48 minutes, dropping the game 12-5
It was a battle between undefeated Nassau County B-II leaders, for bragging rights and the all-important No.1 seed in the county playoffs.
“I thought Wantagh played a very good first half, they maintained a lot of time of possession but we came on with a couple of goals at the end of the first half to tie it up,” Garden City head coach Steve Finnell said.
Those final two goals of the first half snowballed into the seven-goal barrage in the second half that helped Garden City complete an undefeated regular season.
“It wasn’t a crazy or inspirational half time talk it was just that the kids understood that this was for the conference championship and they responded with a great second half,” Finnell said.
Brian von Bargen led Wantagh (12-3) with two goals.
Liam Kennedy led the Trojans with four goals and Patric Berkery had two goals and two assists. For a team like Garden City which had traveled around the country taking on the nation’s best, this final test mean more than any of them.
“This is more important than anything else,” Finnell said. “At 5-5 at halftime we said this is for the No. 1 seed and to stay in the top half of the bracket – the loser goes to the other half of the bracket with a possible matchup with Manhasset in the semifinals. This was a very important game and I thought the kids responded that way in the second half.”
Garden City: 3-2-4-3-12
Liam Kennedy: 4 goals
Patric Berkery: 2 goals, 2 assists
Devin Dwyer: 2 goals, 1 assist
Justin Guterding: 2 goals, 1 assist
Rob Savage: 1 goal
Ryan Norton: 1 goal
Lucas Clay: 1 assist
Ed Batz: 1 assist
Dan Marino: 8 Saves
Brian von Bargen: 2 goals
Kyle Cain: 1 goal, 1 assist
Corey Stavis: 1 goal, 1 assist
Matthew Balzano: 1 goal
Will Fitzpatrick: 11 saves