By Jaclynkelli Kronemberg
LiLacrosseNews.com, Posted 6/2/12
Justin Guterding tallied two goals and three assists and Garden City played standout defense and claim an easy 9-2 victory over Sayville today for the Long Island Class B boys’ Championship at Hofstra University.
Garden City (21-0) will move on to play Yorktown on Wednesday in the State semifinals at Hofstra.
“This is awesome, there is no better feeling in the world,” said junior attackman Guterding. “We were shocked that we didn’t score in the first quarter because we aren’t used to that happening. They hit us hard but we got used to it, kept moving, got in on the cage and it went in.
“Now we have to look forward to Yorktown, there is a lot of pressure because it is a big game. I think we will do fine against their defense and hopefully will keep moving forward.”
Garden City couldn’t find the cage in the first quarter, but calmed down and went on a 5-0 run in the second quarter.
Sayville (15-5) came out scoring two quick goals to open the second half, but Garden City answered with two goals to retake control. Dan Marino grabbed 10 saves and Devin Dwyer scored two goals and had one assist.
“I thought our defense played incredible,” said Garden City head coach Steve Finnell. “I think Sayville has been putting up like 12 goals the last few games and to hold a team like that to two goals is unbelievable.
“We were frustrated after the first quarter, we had good looks but their goalie (Patrick Fleming, 10 saves) is outstanding. We just kept hustling and trying to find the open guy and that’s how we broke it open in the second quarter.
“We are excited, we played Yorktown last year and they are a great program. They’ve had an awesome season so we are looking forward to that Wednesday night; it’s going to be another tough game.
Connor O’Neil and Dan Koehler had the goals for Sayville.
“We had a really great season,” said Sayville head coach Christian Doller. “We came together when it meant the most in the playoffs and these kids played outstanding.
“We came up short today but if you play defense for a while against the best team in the country it is going to come back and bite you. But I couldn’t be prouder of my team.”
Garden City 9, Sayville 2
Garden City: 0-5-2-2-9
Garden City: Justin Guterding 2G, 3A, Devin Dwyer 2G, 1A, Cody George 1G, Ryan Norton 1G, Mark Ellis 1G, Patric Berkery 1G, Tim McDonagh 1G, Liam Kennedy 1A
Sayville: Conner O’Neil 1G, Dan Koehler 1G, Matt Kollegger 1A
Saves: Dan Marino (GC) 10, Patrick Fleming (S) 10