By Jaclynkelli Kronemberg
LIlacrosseNews.com, Posted 6/1/14
Austin Fabel tallied four goals and one assist to boost Lynbrook to a 10-9 victory over Rocky Point Saturday Long Island Class B boys’ lacrosse championship at Hofstra University.
The Owls (19-1), who won their first Long Island championship since 2000, advance to play Section 1 champion Yorktown in the semifinals Wednesday (5:30 p.m.) at Hofstra.
“This was an awesome win,” said Fabel, “Coming from behind in the first quarter. Coach (William) Leighley was preaching to us all season long that we are a resilient team.
“We have been practicing all year long working for this special moment and it finally came through. We’ve been down several times this year and we came back, it is just a team effort.”
The Owls rallied for five straight goals to turn a 5-3 deficit into an 8-5 lead in the second half against a stingy Rocky Point (18-2) zone. The lead was 10-7 before the Eagles also rallied as Jacob Clark and Troy Reh pulled them within 10-9.
With 20 seconds remaining Rocky Point set up for a chance to tie, but Brendan McDougal (13 saves) stopped Alex Borja to seal the victory.
At the faceoff Owen Dalywon 21 of 23 while Mike McVeigh tallied five assists and Gordon Purdie tallied two goals and two assists for Lynbrook.
“The last two minutes of the game coach told me to kill the ball at X and within five seconds it got stripped,” said Fabel. “I was nervous, personally, but I knew my brothers on defense had my back and would bail me out.”
“Sometimes the ball bounces your way and it bounced into my goalie,” added Leighley. “It was just a matter of figuring out Rocky Point’s zone. We had the guys in the right spot and it turned out alright.
“The last 20 seconds were nerve racking, but that’s why you play sports to be involved with stuff like that. This feels magnificent; there is nothing better in the sports world than this.”
Alex Borja tallied three goals, Jacob Clark tallied two goals and Patrick Dallon grabbed 12 saves for Rocky Point.
“We just let it slip away there,” said Rocky Point head coach Mike Bowler. “They got three goals in a row and we just couldn’t get it back. They deserved to win.”
Lynbrook 10, Rocky Point 9
Rocky Point 4-1-2-2-9
Lynrbook : Austin Fabel 4G, 1A; Gordon Purdie 2G, 2A; Joe Grossi 2G, 1A; Owen Daly 1G, 1A; Michael Toy 1G; Mike McVeigh 5A
Rocky Point: Alex Borja 3G; Jacob Clark 2G; Jack Sullivan 1G, 1A; Troy Reh 1G; Kyle Gardner 1G; Brendan McGovern 1G; Jordan Fertig 2A; Justin Reh 1A
Saves: Brendan McDougal (LB) 13; Patrick Dallon (RP) 12