By Jaclynkelli Kronemberg
LiLacrosseNews.com, Posted 5/14/12
Jake Froccaro had five goals and an assist as fifth-seeded Port Washington defeated Farmingdale, 13-9, tonight in the first round of the Nassau County Class A boys’ lacrosse tournament at Hofstra University.
Port Washington (10-7) advances to meet top-seeded Massapequa in the semifinals next Tuesday, May 22, at Hofstra at 5:30 p.m. Massapequa advanced by routing Hicksville, 14-1. Farmingdale, last year’s state champion, finishes at 8-8.
“We knew this was going to be a battle,” said senior midfielder Froccaro. “We are really excited that we came out with a victory in this one.
“We beat them twice this year and I think it was the first time in about 35 years we’ve beaten them so it’s really spectacular and to get it with a bunch of guys I love.”
This was a hard fought battle with four ties and a few lead changes. Port Washington led, 4-2, at the 8:29 mark of the second quarter on a goal by Froccaro.
The Vikings’ next lead wasn’t until the 3:49 mark of the third quarter when Luke Rizzo scored his first goal, making the score 8-7. Entering the fourth quarter with a one goal lead Frocarro took the draw and scored.
Farmingdale (8-9) wasn’t able to answer. Port Washington took control of the fourth quarter grabbing five of the seven face-offs and scoring five goals. Joey Frocarro scored three goals and Luke Rizzo and Nick Catrone both had two goals.
“I was nervous,” said Port Washington head coach Tom Rooney. “Farmingdale is a great program; we knew they were going to come and fight.
“That is a program that is always around and they play hard and do all the right things. We knew we had to play well and the kids did. In the fourth quarter we started to minimize our mistakes; we finished on their goalie and we were able to take our time.”
Farmingdale came out aggressive, scoring two quick goals to open the game. The Dalers never gave up, fighting back every time they went down by two goals to tie the game. Scott DePalma grabbed 12 saves and Travis Wahl had four goals for the Dalers.
“We came out tonight and gave everything we had,” said Farmingdale head coach Bob Hartranft. “Port Washington has a super star player in Jake Froccaro; he is terrific.
“We battled through a lot of adversities this season we lost a lot of kids from last year’s team; plus all of the injuries we had, so I’m proud of these kids.”
Port Washington 13, Farmingdale 9
Port Washington: 2-4-2-5-13
PW: Jake Froccaro 5G, 1A, Joey Froccaro 3G, Luke Rizzo 2G, 1A, Derek Caruso 2G, John Crawley 1G, 1A, Jon Obadia 1A
F: Travis Wahl 4G, Joe Woodland 2G, Chris Lopez 1G, 2A, Vinny Calandra 1G, 1A, Ritchie Morris 1G, Matt DiCarlo 1A
Saves: Nicky Ferrero (PW) 6, Scott DePalma (F) 12