The spring sun was hanging low in the sky over the turf of Hofstra on Monday, June 1 as Port's starters, David Cohen, James Konatich, Charlie Perry, Chris Morea, Zach Lehmann, Andris Dikmanis, and Femi Giwa took the field for what they knew would be a tough semifinal playoff game. This game was a hard one for Port which would eventually end in a 16-9 Farmingdale victory.
Port was 4th seed (10 and 6) going into this game against 1st seed Farmingdale Dalers (16 and 1). Port did its best to not let the Dalers superior record effect them. Port Senior, David Cohen won the opening face-off and used his explosive speed to run the ball down field but his shot was blocked by the Dalers' defense. The Vikings' feistiness would be short lived as Farmingdale scored five straight goals including three by Danny Paccione who went on to score three more goals and one by eighth grade sensation, Rob Bonaguro. "It was all downhill from there" Viking coach Ken Case was quoted as saying. The first quarter ended with the Dalers leading by a score of 5-0.
In the second quarter Port put up more of a fight than in the first. The quarter started out with a Viking goal by Cohen off a hard shot that beat the Dalers' goalie. Farmingdale followed this goal up with two goals. Port senior, James Konatich was able to put one past Farmingdale who immediately came back and scored another two goals. With two seconds left in the half, Viking Charlie Perry scored, ending the half with the Dalers' lead increased to 9-3.
The third quarter was an uneventful one where Farmingdale's defense was able to shut down all of Port's attempts to score. In the last three minutes of the quarter, the Dalers were able to score two straight goals ending the quarter with Farmingdale winning 11-3.
In the fourth quarter, with a very enthusiastic Port crowd present, the Vikings were able to outscore the Dalers by a score of 6-5. Farmingdale started off by scoring two goals followed by four Port goals. The first of the Vikings' goals was scored off a diving shot by Charlie Perry. One eight seconds after this, Cohen scored an unassisted goal to make the score 13-5. Viking Ben Sobel was able to score one followed shortly another goal by David Cohen which would be the last of his high school career. Farmingdale scored two more goals in the game which preceded one last Viking goal by Junior David Farber with 24 seconds remaining in the game.
This match-up ended in a 16-9 Dalers victory which advanced them to the finals against Baldwin. Farmingdale has been in the Nassau County Class A finals for the past eight years but have lost in the previous four of them.
While Port's season ended in the semifinals, it will not dampen the teams spirit for what is to be a great next season. The Vikings have many new and promising players who are going to be part of the varsity team next year as well as many returning players. This should give Port a good shot at the county title next year.