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Suffolk County boys’ Class A semifinal: Ward Melville tops Smithtown West, 13-9

Friday, 25th May 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, High school  

By Gene Morris, Posted 5/25/12

The Ward Melville boys’ lacrosse team walked onto the field at Smithtown West for the semifinals today in the Suffolk County Class A playoffs still stinging from last year’s 15-7 defeat in the same game.

Ward Melville's Andrew Aicher heads toward goal in Friday's win (Photo by Gene Morris)

The Patriots, behind a stellar relief effort from goaltender Dan Nemirov, shut down the lethal Bulls’ offense for the final three quarters and picked up an upset victory, 13-9, to advance to the Suffolk County finals Wednesday against West Islip at Stony Brook.

Between Nemirov’s 11 saves, a zone defense in the second half and a neutralizing effort at the face off X, Ward Melville controlled play over the final 36 minutes after being behind 6-4 at the end of the first quarter.

“They’re a great team and we felt that coming into this game we were a little bit of an underdog,” Ward Melville head coach Mike Hoppey said. “Our kids have played well in spurts the whole year, but that was the first game we really put together for four quarters.”

Mike Rastivo, Jack Bruckner and Frank Lucatuorto each recorded hat tricks, and it was two goals by Rastivo in the third quarter that helped Ward Melville jump in front for good.

The end of the game was marred by a bench emptying skirmish that caused the contest to be called with five seconds left.

Suffolk County Boys’ playoff brackets

CLASS A Semifinals
Ward Melville 13, Smithtown West 9
Ward Melville: 4-4-3-2-13
Smithtown West: 6-2-0-1-9

Ward Melville:
Jack Bruckner: 3 goals, 1 assist
Frank Lucatuorto: 3 goals
John Edmonds: 3 goals, 1 assist
Mike Rastivo: 2 goals, 1 assist
Brendan Hegarty: 1 goal
Andrew Aicher: 1 goal
Billy Gibbs: 1 assist

Ryan Simpson: 2 saves
Dan Nemirov: 11 saves

Smithtown West:

Alex Dodge: 3 goals
Ryan Keenan: 2 goals,1 assist
Christian Zawadski: 2 goals
Matt Schultz: 1 goal, 1 assist
Craig Madarasz: 1 goal, 1 assist
Frank Brier: 1 assist
Eric Joseph: 1 assist

Ryan Adler: 6 saves

Boxscore and story to follow.

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