By Dan Miranda
LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 6/1/14
Luke Zappia and Nick Santorelli each had four goals to lead Babylon to an 11-7 win over Locust Valley in the Class C title game at Hofstra University for its first Long Island Championship.
The Panthers (11-7) will face Section 1 champion Bronxville in the Class C semifinals on Wednesday at Hofstra at 8 p.m.
“This is a big step for the program,” said Babylon head coach John Greaney. “A lot of these seniors have been starting since freshman year. This win is a testament to those kids, really.”
After Babylon defeated Rocky Point on April 10, it lost four out of five games. Since then, the Panthers have won five straight.
“We really stressed ‘keep doing what we’re doing’ coming into this game,” said Greaney. “We have been getting better every game.”
The Panthers raced to a 5-0 advantage after the first quarter and never relinquished the lead. A key was Babylon’s four-headed defensive monster – Jake Carlock, John Botto, Adam Gumbardo, and Sean Quigley – along with goalkeeper, Matt Pinto (nine saves).
“Our guys played lock-down defense against a very good team. I’m very happy holding them to seven goals,” said Greaney. “Matt Pinto played extremely well in between the pipes.”
Joe Madsen led Locust Valley (13-5) with two goals and an assist and Owen Trepata added two goals while Tyler Liantonio had a goal and two assists.
Babylon has won two consecutive Long Island Championships in football. So, Santorelli noted the importance of the presence of Babylon football coach, Rick Punzone, prior to the game.
“Our football coach – who doesn’t really come to our lacrosse games – was here, and he gave us a pregame speech,” said Santorelli. “It sounded like we were going out to a football game, so that might have had something to do with the opening half.”
“This win means everything to us,” said Zappia. “Everyone knows us as a football town, but no one knows us for lacrosse. We’re trying to put ourselves on the map.”
Babylon 11, Locust Valley 7
Locust Valley: 0-3-0-4-7
Babylon: Luke Zappia 4G, 1A; Nick Santorelli 4G; Nick Antolini 2G; Ray Wardell 1G, 1A; Brian Boehm 1A
Locust Valley: Joe Madsen 2G, 1A; Tyler Liantonio 1G, 2A; Owen Trepata 2G; Mike Madsen 1G; Joe Bressingham 1G
Saves: Matt Pinto (B) 9, Frank Mongiello (LV) 11