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Lacrosse Squads Bid For County Titles

Boys team falls short; Lady Chiefs in county finals

A great season for the Massapequa High School boys lacrosse squad has ended in disappointment.

All season the Chiefs dominated Conference I play. The postseason has proved to be no exception as the Chiefs sailed through playoff action, defeating Hicksville and Port Washington to make Conference I finals, where they lost a heartbreaker to Syosset, 14-13.

In the championship game, the Chiefs held a 12-9 lead going into the fourth and final frame. However, Syosset rallied for five goals to outscore Massapequa, 5-1 and win the game.

As they have all year, Ian Kirby, Paul Bentz and Brandon Savona paced the Chiefs offense in the title game. Joe Danaher had five saves in goal. But it wasn’t enough as Massapequa ends its winning season with a 15-3 record. During the regular season, the Chiefs went 10-0 in conference play, with Syosset close behind with a 9-1 record.

The lacrosse team started the playoffs with a 14-1 defeat over Hicksville. Ian Kirby, Brandon Savona, Paul Bentz, and Craig Berge all scored more than one goal, while Wyatt Russo and Joe Danaher took turns in the goalie area, keeping Hicksville shots out of the net. In the 14-5 win over Port Washington, Kirby scored seven goals, the best performance of his high-scoring career.

The girls lacrosse squad, which has also sat atop conference play all year, played for the county title on Wednesday, May 30 at 8 p.m. at Adelphi University. Massapequa advanced to the championship game with a big 17-9 win over Port Washington. Kelsey O’Brien and Rory Sadoff were the offensive stars in the semifinal game.

The May 30 game is too late for this week’s issue, but, as always, The Massapequan Observer will keep readers updated on the team’s remarkable progress.

Meanwhile, the boys baseball squad lost two consecutive games to Calhoun, ending their own winning season. After defeating Baldwin, 13-0 in first round action, the Chiefs suffered a tough, 3-1 loss to Calhoun in a May 23 home game. Ryan McCormick pitched another great game for Massapequa, but the offense couldn’t get going against a fine performance by Calhoun hurler, Frank Trimarco. On Thursday, May 24, the Chiefs fell again to Calhoun by another close score, 5-4. James Ott hit a home run for Massapequa. For the season, Massapequa, which is always a powerhouse in Nassau County baseball, had 14-1 record in Conference AA-I play and an 18-4 record overall.