By Jaclynkelli Kronemberg
LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 6/8/14
In a rare championship game of total domination, Massapequa scored the game’s final 12 goals and coasted to a 16-2 victory over Fayetteville-Manlius Saturday for its first New York Class A state title at Hofstra University.
Massapequa (19-2), finished the year with 17 straight wins and outscored its two upstate foes, Niskayuna and FM, by a whopping 39-11.
Ian Kirby tallied three goals and one assist in the third quarter to lead a balanced attack as the Chiefs had 12 goal scorers.
“This is awesome, unbelievable actually,” said Kirby. “I’m so proud of my team. Our defense was outstanding today. We finished on top in Class A for 2014; this feels great.”
Massapequa led, 4-2, before Jim Byrns (two goals) scored late in the first period to make it 5-2. From that point, the Chiefs held FM (18-4) scoreless and had its way on attack.
Phil Brady gave Massapequa every opportunity by winning 17 of the 21 faceoffs. At the 6:34 mark of the fourth quarter Casey Kimmel found Justin Lynskey in front of the cage to give Massapequa a 14-2 lead and a running clock for the second straight game. Nick Yevoli tallied three goals, and Paul Dilena tallied one goal and two assists for Massapequa.
“This was a great game, the kids played real hard,” said Chiefs coach Tim Radomski, “This was our goal from March 3rd to get here. I can’t be any happier for my seniors. It’s a great day to be a Chief!
“Matt Valdini played great the last two games. Phil Brady at the X is awesome; he worked hard the past three weeks. That’s our game, we want to get the ground ball and get it to the attack because our attack is pretty potent.
“Fayetteville is a good group, they won their bracket upstate so hats off to them. This is awesome, first time ever. I can’t be any prouder of my boys. It is going to be tough to say good bye to my seniors.”
Colton Oliver tallied two goals and Brian Charlamb grabbed six saves for the Hornets.
“Massapequa is an outstanding team,” said Fayetteville-Manlius head coach Chris Kenneally. “I thought their face-off man did a tremendous job of really controlling the game. Their goalie made a number of outstanding saves and really never let us gets back in the game.
“They did a great job of swarming the ground balls and we just never really got into the game. We played hard but didn’t play as effective as we needed to.”
Massapequa 16, Fayetteville-Manlius 2
Massapequa: Ian Kirby 3G, 1A; Nick Yevoli 3G; Jim Byrns 2G; Paul Dilena 1G, 2A; Casey Kimmel 1G, 1A; Rob Maini 1G, 1A; Craig Berge 1G; Carter Hawthorne 1G; Ryan Tierney 1G; Brian Savona 1G; Justin Lynskey 1G
Fayettevuille-Manlius: Colton Oliver 2G; Casey Green 1A; Jack Wilson 1A
Saves: Matt Valdini (M) 9; Brian Charlamb (FM) 6