By Jaclynkelli Kronemberg
LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 3/29/14
Cody George scored his fourth goal with 2:39 left in the third overtime off a pass from Kieran Byrnes to give the Trojans a 6-5 victory today over Massapequa in non-league lacrosse.
Garden City, the two-time defending Class B state champion, improved to 2-1 in winning the first duel between these two teams since 1984. The Chiefs, No. 12 in the Warrior/TopLaxRecruits Rankings and the defending Nassau County Class A champs, fell to 2-2.
“This was crazy,” said George. “We were up, we were down and then we were tied for three quarters. It was first goal wins and our first goal won.
“That play was just a freelance to draw the two-on-one, and the two-on-one was there. I just caught the ball and shot it. Coming from the Smithtown West game (a 6-1 loss a week ago) where we got crushed and coming back and winning this game, it’s amazing.”
The scoring was slow as Garden City led, 2-1, at halftime. The Trojans scored two goals to seize a 4-1 lead, but Massapequa used a goal by Griff Konen to spark a 4-0 run to take a 5-4 lead.
With 35.8 seconds remaining in regulation, George tied the game off a pass from Byrnes.
In the first overtime Matt Valdini (seven saves) of Massapequa made a crucial save with eight seconds to force a second overtime. With 50 seconds remaining in the second overtime, Garden City’s Dan Dolan (seven saves) returned the favor by make a clutch a save to force the third overtime.
James Sullivan tallied two goals and one assist and Byrnes tallied three assists for Garden City. Jim Byrns tallied two goals and two assists and Matt Valdini grabbed seven saves for Massapequa.
“This was an unbelievable effort by our guys,” said Garden City head coach Steve Finnell. “Massapequa is a really good team and our defense did a good job trying to slow them down.
“Berge is an outstanding midfielder. To hold them to five is an impressive feat for our defense because I think they are going to put double digits up on a lot of people.
“Cody has been on our team for three years. When you need a play in overtime that’s the kind of guy you look for to step up.”
Garden City 6, Massapequa 5
Garden City: 1-1-2-1-0-0-1-6
Garden City: Cody George 4G; James Sullivan 2G, 1A; Kieran Byrnes 3A; Dale Stasco 1A
Massapequa: Jim Byrns 2G, 2A; Jack Korber 1G; Griff Konen 1G; Paul Dilena 1G; Ian Kirby 1A
Saves: Dan Dolan (GC) 7; Matt Valdini (M) 7