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On Friday, May 26, the boys varsity lacrosse team met South Side on the turf at Hofstra in the Nassau County class B semifinals. The number two ranked Port Washington Vikings came into this game with confidence and a 14-3 record. The game got underway just after 3:30 on a hot Friday afternoon in front of a large and enthusiastic pre-holiday crowd.

Port Senior, Nat Francis protects the ball from South Side's defense.

This was a fast-paced game from the very start with Port scoring six goals in the first quarter and South Side scoring four. Port junior, Spencer Bodner led the team in goals this game, scoring two in the first quarter and another one in the third. Viking seniors, David London, Nat Francis, Ricky Brown, and Frank Zaccherio all scored one goal in the quarter.

The game lost some momentum in the second quarter. The Cyclones scored the first goal putting a bounce shot past Port goalie Nick Dello-Iacono. The Vikings were quick to retaliate and with 5:16 remaining in the quarter, junior, Jose Galeano found the opponent's net. Two minutes after Galeano's goal, however, South Side scored again giving Port a one goal lead at the end of the first h alf.

Ricky Brown came around the goal and put the ball over the left shoulder of the opposing goalie only a minute into the third quarter. Less than a minute later, Nat Francis scored his second goal of the game off a long hard shot that slipped past South Side's goalie. With 7:11 left in the quarter, the Cyclones scored their first of the half making the score 9-7 Port Washington. Viking David London scored with just over five minutes in the quarter and got Port's three-goal lead back. Soon after this, however, South Side scored two goals in under a minute, diminishing Port's lead to one. It was at this point that Viking coach, Ken Case called a timeout. Unfortunately for Port, the situation was going to get worse before it got better. With 3:42 left in the quarter, South Side scored yet another goal, tying the score at 10. It looked as though this game was going to be tied going into the final quarter but with only 57 seconds left, Spencer Bodner scored his third goal of the game and gave the Vikings an 11-10 lead.

Unlike the third quarter, the fourth quarter started out with with a South Side goal. The Cyclones tied the score at 11 with less than eight minutes left in the game. Just three minutes later, Port Washington's determination showed through. When Port senior, Edmond Perry got the ball at midfield and began to run toward the Cyclone's goal, the crowd knew something exciting was going to happen, but no one expected to see Perry score on a diving shot taken far from the opposing goal. This fantastic shot put Port back in the lead. Only 40 seconds after this goal, Port defender, Pat McCloskey, ran the ball down field and fed it to Scott Linthicum who put it in to give the Vikings a 13-11 lead. South Side scored the final goal of the game with a minute and a half left in the fourth quarter but this was too little too late and the Vikings took an exciting 13-12 victory, advancing them to the county finals.

In the Vikings final game of the season, number two ranked Port Washington (15-3) faced number one seed, Garden City in the Nassau County Class B final, which was held at Hofstra at 5:30 on Wednesday the 31st. The Vikings knew they had their work cut out for them if they intended to win over undefeated Garden City. Like most playoff games, a large crowd turned otu to cheer on their teams. Unfortunately for the Vikings, and all their fans, Garden City remained undefeated. The final score of 14-9 brought an end to the Vikings season.

The two teams were close in the first quarter of the game that ended with Garden City on top 3-2. It was in the next quarter, however, that Garden City was most dominant. They outscored Port 7-1, giving them a 10-3 lead at half time. Port turned up their game in the second half, outscoring Garden City 3-2 in each of the final two quarters.

Port senior, David London scored a game-high four goals and senior, Nat Francis had two goals in the game. Seniors Ricky Brown and Edmond Perry each had one goal as did junior Doug Lutin. Vikings Goalie, Nick Dello-Iacono had an impressive total of 15 saves that night.

Despite their loss in the finals, the Schreiber Vikings still had a successful season, finishing second in the county. The team will be losing many of its players at the end of this season. Seniors, Frank Zaccherio, David London, John Rossettie, Edmond Perry, Nat Francis, Ben Hirsch, Femi Giwa, Scott Linthicum, Ben Sobel, Sean McCloskey, Ricky Brown, and Pat McClosky will be leaving the team. Despite the loss of players, a great deal of talent still remains on the team and confidence is high that next season will be another successful one.


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