By Jaclynkelli Kronemberg
LLacrossenews.com, Posted 6/5/14
Paul Dilena tallied four goals and two assists to boost Massapequa to a commanding 23-9 victory over Niskayuna Wednesday in the New York Class A semifinals at Hofstra University.
The win advanced the Section 8 champion Chiefs (18-2) – ranked No. 6 by Warrior/TopLaxRecruits – into Saturday’s championship game vs. Fayetteville-Manlius at Hofstra at 1:30 p.m. Niskayuna (19-2), the Section 2 champion, had won 15 straight games.
Section 4 champion Fayetteville-Manlius (18-3) used an overtime goal by Jack Wilson, his fifth tally of the game, to defeat Fairport, 10-9, in the other Class A semifinal at Cicero-North.
“We made history,” said Dilena, whose team will shoot for its first state title, “Nothing feels better than this. We are playing the best lacrosse we can right now.”
Ian Kirby (four goals, two assists) scored off a Ryan Tierney feed to spark a 5-0 second-period run that turned an 8-5 game into a rout. Another 4-0 run just before the half and in the third period gave the Chiefs a 17-6 lead.
Carter Hawthorne added three goals and four assists, Tierney tallied three goals and three assists and Craig Berge tallied three goals and one assist to help in the barrage of offense for Massapequa.
“We just played great from the get go,” said Massapequa head coach Tim Radomski. “We had two good days of practice and watched a lot of film on these guys. We knew they were a good team and our kids wanted to prove something today.
“Once we got the running clock I was trying to get as many kids in as possible, get out of here healthy and get ready for Saturday morning. This feels great but we have one more to go. With the way we played today if we carry that over to Saturday we should be OK.”
Michael D’amario tallied four goals and one assist and John Prendergast tallied two goals and one assist for Niskayuna.
“They were better than us,” said Niskayuna head coach Mike Vorgang. “They played better on defense and offense. They are a really good team. It’s not that we weren’t’ prepared to play, it’s just that they came out and were much better than we were today.”
Massapequa 23, Niskayuna 9
Massapequa: Paul Dilena 4G, 2A; Ian Kirby 4G, 2A; Carter Hawthorne 3G, 4A; Ryan Tierney 3G, 3A; Craig Berge 3G, 1A; Jim Byrns 2G, 2A; Nick Yevoli 1G; Griff Konen 1G; Brendan Gallivan 1G; Thomas DeSilva 1G; Griffin Barnathon 2A; Sal Ienna 1A
Niskayuna: Michael D’Amario 4G, 1A; John Prendergast 2G, 1A; Aidan O’Brien 1G, 1A; Lucas Quinn 1G; Luc Shepard 1G
Saves: Matt Valdini (M) 8; Nick Benigno (M) 1; Nick Testa (N) 4; Jack Lynch (N) 3