By Gene Morris
LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 5/30/12
Shoreham-Wading River outscored Bayport-Blue Pont, 9-1, in the second half and claimed a 14-4 victory today to capture the Suffolk County Class C Boys Lacrosse Championship at Stony Brook University
Senior Trevor Brosco scored seven goals to spark the attack and the Shoreham-Wading River defense settled in to dominate the second half. SWR (15-3) will face Nassau County champion Cold Spring Harbor on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Hofstra for the Long Island title.
“I think our defense has been the main stay of our team and we didn’t clear well and we didn’t have our normal communication on defense,” Shoreham-Wading River head coach Tom Rotanz said. “I said ‘we’re giving them opportunities – if we play our defense we won’t give them opportunities’ and we didn’t in the second half.”
The defense held throughout, but the Wildcats were able to hold possessions longer in the second half – and more importantly cash in on the opportunities. Brosco scored his first goal of the second half just 36 seconds in with a right handed laser that he placed just under the crossbar.
Just 46 seconds later Tim Rotanz picked off a centering pass in front of his own goal and went coast-to-coast to whip the crowd into a frenzy. Rotanz finished with two goals and three assists.
From there it was more Brosco.
The Notre Dame bound senior scored once more in the third quarter and twice opened the fourth with two unassisted goals – one in a man up opportunity – to all but seal the game for the Wildcats.
“He’s got a rocket – he’s one of the best shooters we ever had,” Rotanz said about Brosco. “He’s a lefty, righty, he draws the double and he either dishes off or he just turns and lets it go but he’s got a way of finding the net.”
On this day he certainly did.
“He’s been very consistent and the last time we played he had a bunch of assists because when the double came guys broke back door and he fed it,” Rotanz said. “He just wants to win. If they give him the shot he’ll take it and if he doesn’t have the shot he’s looking for someone to dump it to.”
Next Brosco and Shoreham-Wading River will be tasked with finding the net against Cold Spring Harbor.
“It seems like we always face Cold Spring Harbor,” Rotanz said. “They have some nice players and it’s going to be another battle. It would have been nice if there was a crappy team coming out of Nassau but that’s not the case, Nassau has great tradition and Cold Spring harbor is always there. You know they’re going to bring their weapons and their ammunition.”
Shoreham-Wading River, 14, Bayport-Blue Point, 4
Trevor Brosco: 7 goals
James Higgins: 3 goals, 1 assist
Tim Rotanz, 2 goals, 3 assists
Dylan Gorman: 1 goal
Evan Purdy: 1 goal
Ryan Bray: 1 assist
Tyler Lutjen: 5 saves
Josh Shaw: 1 goal, 1 assist
Brian White: 1 goal, 1 assist
Brian Ward: 1 goal
Connor White: 1 goal
Ralph Fabiani: 5 saves