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Nassau County boys’ championship: Top-ranked Garden City rolls to Class B title over Wantagh, 14-1

Wednesday, 30th May 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, High school  

By Michael Sorenson, Posted 5/30/12

The Garden City boys’ lacrosse team proved today why it is ranked No. 1 in the country in every national poll.

The Trojans dominated in every aspect and rolled to a 14-1 victory over Wantagh in the Nassau County Class B championship at Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium.

Garden City takes on the winner of Suffolk County’s title game between Comsewogue and Sayville Saturday at Shuart Stadium.

“Wantagh’s a great team, we did not expect to have that kind of performance on the defensive end,” said Garden City coach Steve Finnell. “They have a very good offensive group, so we were hoping to hold them to 6, 7, 8 goals, but obviously our kids played outstanding.”

Garden City relied on a balanced attack. The Trojans had seven different goal scorers, as Liam Kennedy had three goals and an assists and Justin Guterding scored three. Devin Dwyer registered three assists while Rob Savage had two goals and an assist and Cody George and Ryan Norton each scored twice.

“One of the things we strive for is we want to share the ball; it doesn’t matter who gets the credit,” said Finnell. “We put out six guys on the field who can score, make the pass, and play unselfishly; and I think that’s what makes us difficult to defend.”

Garden City goalie Dan Marino played outstanding, making seven saves on seven shots before he was replaced by Matt Cortese with 8:22 remaining in the contest. Marino and the Trojans held Wantagh scoreless for 71 minutes and 12 seconds, dating back to their last meeting on May 9.

The Trojans’ FOGO’ James Sullivan also had a strong game. The freshman was 10 for 12 on draws, and even took one straight down the alley for a goal in the first quarter.

“We put him out there against some of the best competition in the country this year, and he’s been outstanding,” Finnell said. “He’s quite a competitor, a very hard worker, and as you could see today he can even bring it on the offensive end.”

Wantagh goaltender Will Fitzpatrick made five saves in the contest. The Warriors only goal came from Matt Balzano.

When asked about what the Trojans need to do to make a run through states, Coach Finnell was very focused. “We need to win Saturday,” he said.

Garden City 14, Wantagh 1

GC – 3-4-6-1 – 14
W – 0-0-0-1 – 1

Garden City

Liam Kennedy – 3g, 1a
Rob Savage – 2g, 1a
Justin Guterding – 3g
Devin Dwyer – 3a
Cody George – 2g
Ryan Norton – 2g
Patric Berkery – 2a
Jack Metzler – 1g
James Sullivan – 1g
Brian Badgett – 1a

Dan Marino – 7sv
Matt Cortese – 2sv


Matt Balzano – 1g
Will Fitzpatrick – 5sv

GC – 18
W – 23

GC – 11
W – 2

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