The sixth-grade lacrosse team coached by Greg Matthews, Jim Wenk, Fred Harmeyer and Dan Denihan improved its record to 11-1 at the Jay Gallagher Tournament.
The Young Indians' most recent victory came against a strong and fundamentally sound Garden City team 4-2, turning back their historic rivals with good, crisp passing and ball control. Jumping to a 4-0 lead in the first half, Manhasset played a ball control style that kept Garden City off the board until the final minutes.
The season started with a heartbreaking 9-8 loss against a very good Long Beach team at the Hurricanes' home field with the potential difference being three Manhasset shots hitting the bad side of the pipe-all that despite winning the ground ball battle. Statistacal leaders on the season were: Ian Gillan (10 goals, 5 assists, 19 ground balls); Ryan Matthews (16 goals, 20 assists, 60 ground balls); Quinn Moroney (17goals, 14 assists, 61 ground balls)Tommy Wenk (22 goals, 5 assists, 18 ground balls); Brandon Barry (40 ground balls); Sean Collins (30 ground balls); Bobby Duvnjak (59 ground balls); and Garrett Cramer (22 ground balls).
The game started with Long Beach grabbing a 4-0 lead in the first period. The Young Indians fought back in the second quarter, tying the game and then taking a brief lead.
Regrouping after that loss and with a commitment to team play and strong practices, the Young Indians' play the remainder of the season determined, resourceful and with patience. And the results reflect their practices as Manhasset ran off eight consecutive victories, denying both hard hitting teams from Huntington and Wantagh, 11-10 and 10-5, respectively, while soundly sweeping both well-trained Garden City teams and both Cold Spring Harbor teams.
Outscoring opponents 8.4 goals to 5.3 per game, and scooping an average of 20 groundballs to 9, Manhasset kept their poise and penalty minutes in check and, except for the Long Beach Game, took early leads in every game.
There are several multiple position players on this team; however, the players' willingness to play whatever position necessary for the good of the team exemplified their unselfish nature. The attack lines either scored or set up numerous goals led by Tommy Wenk, Ian Gillan, Conor McNamara, Joseph Pollicino, Bradley Harmeyer and Patrick Pilch. When you control the midfield; you control the game. The consistently aggressive ground ball play and scoring of midfielders Quinn Moroney, Ryan Matthews, Brandon Barry, Garrett Cramer, Nick DiPreta, and AJ Muran kept the pressure on their opponents at all times. With goalie Eric Tsiolas minding the net and putting in his best season yet, and the brick wall defense of Bobby Duvnjak, Sean Collins, Michael Gaudio, and Michael Cerrone disrupted their opponents' offensive play all season long.
The team exemplified great teamwork and sportsmanship all year and the coaches would like to thank all parents and players for their strong support and commitment throughout the season. The sixth grade finished their season and Manhasset PAL careers (which began with drills at the Munsey Park first grade clinic), at the Jay Gallagher Garden City Tournament Sunday, June 18, cruising to three straight victories over Wantagh, 11-3, Wilton, CT, 12-4, and Greenwich, CT, 13-3.