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New York boys’ championship: Garden City wins Class B title, stakes claim as top team in nation

Sunday, 10th June 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, High school, Posted 6/9/12
Updated 6/10/12

Devin Dwyer had two goals and four assists and Patric Berkery scored three goals as Garden City capped a 22-0 season today with an 11-4 conquest of Irondequoit in the Class B boys’ lacrosse state championship at Middletown.

The win should assure that Garden City (22-0) is anointed as the national champion after its first state title since 2000 and fifth overall.

The Trojans entered play ranked No. 1 by Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse, MaxPreps, ESPNHS, LaxPower and US Lacrosse. Final rankings will come out this week and it is expected that Garden City will not be No. 1 in every poll.

“From beginning of the season, when we were ranked No. 5 in the nation, we really didn’t pay attention to rankings,” said Garden City junior long stick midfielder Kyle Skramko. “Coach Steve Finnell tells us not to look at that.

“Instead we tried to stay focused to work hard. Our work ethic helped us out. To go undefeated is really amazing. We really put our hearts on the field. Since I was in kindergarten, I wanted to win a state championship. This is surreal that it’s all really happened.”

“It’s an absolutely incredible run,” added senior goalie Marino, who was again brilliant with eight saves. “All the seniors, from head to toe, put in so much effort to get us where we are now, whether they played or didn’t play.”

Garden City led just, 4-3, after three quarters, but opened it up in the final period. Rob Savage and Judtin Guterding each had two goals and Liam Kennedy added a goal and two assist while Cody George scored once.

“Coming into that game we were nervous and we really didn’t play like ourselves in the first half,” Skramko said. “But to go into the half tied against that team having played one of our worst games, we just needed to settle down and not think of it as a state championship game – just think of it as any other game we played this season.
“That’s how we came out of the locker room and that mentality showed on the field.”

Garden city’s defense also was the story for the 2012 season. the Trojans graduated a standout backline last year, but this year’s unit of close defenders Eugene Berkery, Ed Blatz and Scott D’Antonio as well as long poles Skramko and Thomas Wright held teams to under 10 goals in every game but one. The defense also limited foes to 12 goals in the last four playoff games.

“Coming into the season I think our defense was underrated as compared to the star offensive power,” said Skramko. “We really tried to focus on playing team defense. The only way we could accomplish what we did was to slide and come together as one unit. We just wanted to be state champions.”

Added Marino: “I have to give a lot of credit to the defense. They were absolutely unbelievable this year. Our defense was a major reason we won, right through the playoffs. It’s a testament to them and a testament to the defensive coaching staff which got us ready every game.”

Nick Doktor and Gunnar Miller each scored two goals for Irondequoit (19-3).

Class B
Garden City 11, Irondequoit 4

Garden City 2-0-2-7 – 11
Irondequoit 2-0-1-1- 4

Garden City

Patric Berkery 3g
Devin Dwyer, 2g, 4a
Rob Savage 2g
Justin Guterding 2g
Cody George 1g
Liam Kennedy 1g, 2a
Dan Marino 8 saves

Gunnar Miller 2g
Nick Doktor 2g
Eric Fischer 6 saves



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