By Gene Morris
LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 6/2/12
Shoreham-Wading River used a balanced offensive attack and a strong defense to thwart Nassau County champion Cold Spring Harbor 9-7 on Saturday afternoon at Hofstra University for the Long Island Class C boys’ lacrosse championship.
The Wildcats advance to the state semifinals at Hofstra Wednesday when they will play Section 1 champ Bronxville, a 15-2 winner over Glens Falls.
The Wildcats (16-3), who got seven goals from senior Trevor Brosco and two goals and three assists from Tim Rotanz in the Suffolk County championship, had five goal scorers. Freshman Ryan Bray led with three goals.
“That’s what great teams are,” Wildcats head coach Tom Rotanz said. “The defense is going to key and the good players are going to draw the doubles and get the dickens beat out of them. But then when your little guys step up that’s when you are going to go places.”
Brosco contributed a goal and two assists and Rotanz scored twice, but it was the defensive effort and the goaltending performance from Tyler Lutjen (10 saves) that really made the difference.
Coach Rotanz noted a conversation he had with his team three weeks ago after complaints that he was riding the defense more than the offense.
“Defense wins it,” he said. “(I told them) If we only score four goals but you shut them down, we win. If we score 15 goals and you give up 16 it doesn’t matter. The defense is going to win it for us.”
The defense stepped up today, holding a Cold Spring Harbor (14-4) team that had not been held to single digits in goals in the last nine games.
“I think some of their guys start shooting coming off the bus,” Rotanz said. “It doesn’t matter – they’re not shy and they bring the heat and we needed to keep their guys in check.”
Chris Mahoney, a team captain and starting defenseman, also chipped in with the game’s first goal.
Whenever the defense did show a crack the senior goaltender Lutjen was there to save the day.
“He was seeing the ball real well,” Rotanz said. “He is one of the classiest young men I have ever coached. He’s soft spoken except when he’s on the field.
“He has never missed – since second grade – a summer league game, a fall league game, a winter league game – goalies get hurt but not him. He’s been there every second every step of the way.”
Now his career has at least one more step in the state semifinals Wednesday afternoon.
Shoreham-Wading River: 3-2-2-2-9
Cold Spring Harbor: 1-3-0-3-7
Ryan Bray: 3 goals
Tim Rotanz: 2 goals
Trevor Brosco: 1 goal, 2 assists
Troy Miller: 1 goal, 1 assist
Dylan Gorman: 1 goal
Chris Mahoney: 1 goal
Tyler Lutjen: 10 saves
Cold Spring Harbor:
Justin McBride: 2 goals
Sean Doyle: 1 goals, 1 assist
Jordan Walter: 2 goals
Alan Winkoff: 1 goal
Kevin Porzelt: 1 goal
Danny Simonetti: 1 assist
Chris Roufanis: 4 saves