Written by Samantha Pina Friday, 07 May 2010 00:00
It was an exciting day on Saturday, May 1, as the Manhasset Indians went up against their oldest rivals, the Garden City Trojans. This is the longest uninterrupted high school lacrosse rivalry in the United States, and Saturday’s game marked the 119th game played.
With high intensity and the determination to win, the Indians came out strong against the Trojans. This was not an easy game for either team, as two of the most highly skilled defensive and offensive lines came face to face. Matt Tompkins, scoring the first goal for the Indians, helped get the momentum started. The boys worked hard to keep the ball out of their end and to create as many goal-scoring opportunities as possible. The Trojans led 5-3 at the end of the first half, but the Indians kept their heads up and knew they could come back.
And Ricky Buhr proved it. After winning the first face-off of the second half, Ricky scored a much-needed goal for the Indians—within six seconds. With the Trojans now only leading by one, the boys were back in the game. Unfortunately, Garden City was able to slip one more goal into the net early in the fourth quarter, giving them a 6-4 lead. But this didn’t seem to mess with the Indians’ spirit; it only made them work harder.
Harry Kucharczyk scored a key goal for Manhasset after receiving a feed from Chris Cook. With the score now only 6-5, the Indians knew they could win. Chris Cook scored with only two minutes left, tying the game at 6-6. The Indians now had two paths they could take. They could either keep the ball moving and wait until the overtime period to try for a scoring opportunity or go for the goal. Drew Belinsky went for the latter, scoring the game-winning goal with less than 15 seconds left in the game. The Manhasset Indians defeated the Garden City Trojans 7-6.
This win was a big accomplishment for the Indians and would not have been possible without their tremendous teamwork. Also scoring for Manhasset was Pat Moroney (1 goal) and Quinn Moroney (1 goal). Frank Morelli had 12 saves. Manhasset now holds a record of 66 wins in this on-going rivalry, and took home its second Woodstick Classic title.