The boys varsity lacrosse team celebrated Port Washington's Annual Lacrosse Day festivities with a 10-6 victory over Southside. It was their second victory in a row as the team looked sharp on both ends of the field.
Earlier in the week, Port defeated Floral Park 11-10 in a right, fiercely fought contest. Floral Park led 2-0 after a sleepy first quarter but at the start of the second, Bobby Ogrudek scored on one of the oddest goals in recent history. Tossing a long, lazy clearing pass from midfield the ball bounced toward Southside's goal, took two quick bounces in the crease and skipped past a frustrated goalie. A few minutes later, Ogrudek scored in a more traditional manner and goals by Donald Wilson, Danny Maher and Doug Lutin put the Vikings up 5-2 before Floral Park came back with two goals minutes before the half ended.
Early in the third, goalie Nick Dello-Iacono made an outstanding save and set up a nice clear, which eventually found its way over to Jose Galeano who worked hard in close and came up with a goal. A few minutes later, Mike Cosolito scored and Port looked good with a 7-4 lead but the match was far from over. Floral Park rebounded with four straight goals and when the third quarter ended, Port found themselves trailing 8-7.
The fourth period was more reminiscent of a championship fight featuring two boxers who refuse to quit. Spencer Bodner scored off of the face-off to tie things up and Mike Cosolito scored his second goal of the game to put Port ahead. Floral Park refused to die and tied it up 9-9 a few minutes later. Port came right back when Lutin started in back of the net, went one on one with his man and beat him to give Port the lead but once again Floral Park scored to even things. With less than four minutes left, Lutin scored his third of the game to put the Vikings ahead 11-10. Floral Park continued to press and spent the last two minutes in Port's end but the Port's defense held and won the game. Floral Park outshot Port 42-27 but thanks to the goaltending of Dello-Iacono and Scott Udell the Vikings held on for the win.
On Saturday morning the players, led by Coach Ken Case and Assistant Coach Michael Gallagher ran a clinic for the PYA third-sixth graders. The hour-long clinic allowed the little ones the chance to rub elbows with the big guys, brush up on their skills and pick up some valuable tips. When it was over, Coach Case encouraged the kids to come back later in the afternoon and watch the Vikings play Southside. Those who took him up on his offer were treated to an excellent display of offense and defense as Port beat Southside in an impressive manner.
One minute into the game Bodner scored off a feed from Wilson. It seemed to be a great start, but Southside scored three in a row to stun the crowd at The Pit. There was no way that Port was going to be embarrassed at home on Lacrosse Day and Lutin scored two in a row, the second of which started as a perfect clearing pass from Dello-Iacono to Bodner to Pat Mulqueen who fed Lutin for the score. Galeano scored off a feed from Mulqueen, who would have five assists for the day, and after the first quarter Port led 4-3. Southside scored twice in the second quarter but Lutin notched his third of the day and Mulqueen added one to give the Vikings a 6-5 lead at the half.
Cosolito scored early in the third quarter as did Galeano but the real story was goalie Scott Udell who snuffed out any hopes that Southside may have had of getting back in the game. He let in only one goal all half and made 11 saves, many of which were at point blank range. He was helped by the defensive unit of Ogrudek, Scott Schnipper and Jon Ross who played well together, striping Southside of the ball and setting up the breakaways. Middies Sean Kehlenbeck and Ray Ross played well, hustling after ground balls and feeding shooters.
Wilson added two in the fourth quarter off feeds from Mulqueen to put the game out of reach. When the final whistle sounded, Port had a 10-6 victory and a 2-1 record in their conference.
Happy but exhausted the boys walked off the field and into a surprise tailgate party, compliments of their parents. There was enough food for a small Midwestern state (or 22 teenagers) and they plowed through most of it with relative ease.
The team is on the road all week, facing Calhoun, Lawrence and highly-ranked Long Beach and Garden City before returning home on May 5 to face MacArthur.