By Jaclynkelli Kronemberg
LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 5/28/14
Ian Kirby tallied four goals and one assist to boost Massapequa to a 15-8 victory over Syosset Tuesday at Hofstra University, giving the Chiefs their second straight Nassau County Class A championship.
Massapequa (16-2) will play the winner of the Smithtown East-West Islip game Saturday (at Hofstra, 1 p.m.) for the Long Island Class A title.
“This win is awesome but we still have some work to do,” said Kirby. “After halftime we stopped trying to do too much with the ball and just let the game come to us.
“We feel awesome going forward. We have to get back at it in practice and do a lot more training for whoever we play on Saturday, but we will be ready.”
Syosset (13-5) pulled within 6-5 at the 11:35 mark of the third quarter, but Massapequa dominated the rest of the half. The Chiefs Nick Yevoli scored with 42 seconds left in the third quarter to make it 10-7 and the Chiefs scored six of the final seven goals.
Dilena tallied four goals and one assist and Craig Berge, Nick Yevoli and Ryan Tierney tallied two goals each for Massapequa.
“This was a great game,” said Massapequa head coach Tim Radomski. “Coach (John) Calabria had them ready to play.
“It was a great first half. I think our guys buckled down in the second half, took advantage of some opportunities, finished our shots and we were able to pull away at the end.
“We feel positive going forward. It was our goal at the beginning of the season to win counties and get back to the Long Island championship and whatever happens after that is icing on the cake.”
Mac Okeefe tallied four goals and Michael Hatzopoulos tallied two goals for Syosset.
“Massapequa is a great team,” said Calabria. “They took us out of what we really wanted to do today and all the credit goes to them.”
Massapequa 15, Syosset 8
M: Ian Kirby 4G, 1A; Paul Dilena 4G, 1A; Craig Berge 2G; Nick Yevoli 2G; Ryan Tierney 2G; Jim Byrns 1G, 1A; Carter Hawthorne 2A; Matt Caracappa 1A; Phil Brady 1A
S:Mac Okeefe 4G; Michael Hatzopoulos 2G; Michael Elardo 1G, 2A; Lucas Cotler 1G, 1A; Jeremy Kaplan 1A; Alex Concannon 1A
Saves: Matt Valdini (M) 9; Jonathan Klobus (S) 4; Bryan Ochs (S) 3