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This past Sunday morning with the temperature already in the mid 80's the PYA 5th grade lacrosse team was scheduled to play a strong team from Massapequa. The team still had their previous week's effort to overcome, losing due to a less than best effort performance. This game opened up with both teams playing hard yet neither team could score in the first quarter. What was evident from the start of the game was that Port's defense, Eric Schaeffer, Anthony Quinn and Ollie Musso along with goalie Chris Corteselli came to play. Good play by the "D" was supported by the middies that played both ends of the field and exerted more energy in one game than most adults do in a year. Jeremy Goldman, Tommy Mansfield, Cole Martinez, Matt Plominski, Alex Lee and Stephen Contino all gave heroic efforts. The second period started and the offense got rolling. First Martinez made a fine play by eluding several opposing players with a nice move toward the goal and scored to make it 1-0. Next Travis Baugher, after hitting the post on his first attempt and a mad dusty scramble for the ball in front of the cage, Baugher came up with the lose ball, shot and scored to make it 2-0. Next Matt Plominski scored from in front of the cage to make it 3-0.Toward the end of the half, Plominski intercepted a pass around midfield, raced toward the goal and scored to make it 4-0. The defense continued to play well and a welcomed half-time break came. After lots of fluids and some oranges the team came out ready to play. The teams seemed to be going up and down the field playing a good level of lacrosse for a very hot day. Massapequa finally got their first goal of the game in the third period to make it 4-1. Moments later Kevin Alas made a nice move to beat his man and made a great pass to find Plominski who beat the goalie for another score and a 5-1 lead. Port did slow the game down in the fourth quarter to conserve energy and run some time off the clock. Massapequa scored once more to make it 5-2, but the game was never really in jeopardy. On this day the team came ready to play. They were focused and gave it their best effort. This was an outstanding victory because of a superb effort by everyone on the team. Congratulations to the defense for leading the way, the attackmen for their smart play and to the middies for being the heart and soul of the team on a day when it could have been easy to give less than full effort.

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