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It didn't take long. Sixty seconds into the game Port scored and two minutes later they had the victory wrapped up. With three minutes gone into a conference game against Hewlett, Port led 5-0 and that was just the start.

Rebounding from a conference-opening loss to state champs Wantagh, Port wasted no time establishing themselves against a much weaker Hewlett team. Ray Ross opened the scoring with a feed from Pat Mulqueen and moments later on the man-up, Ross fed Mulqueen who stood on the crease and put one in to give the Vikings a 2-0 lead. Seconds later Sean Lowes took a pass from Doug Lutin to score again but Port was just getting warmed up. Sean Kehlenbeck picked up a loose ball at midfield, ran it in and passed to Jeremy Francis who scored and seconds later Mulqueen fed Lutin who dropped one in. It was 5-0 before Hewlett scored on a man-up but Port continued its barrage as Mike Cosolito ran through traffic to make it 6-1 and Lutin scored off of a pass from Ross to make it 7-1 after one quarter.

Hewlett opened up the second quarter with a man-up goal but Rob Gannon scored off of a pass from Ross and Danny Maher picked up a loose ball and rifled it in. Hewlett scored another but Cosolito cradled through two defenders and scored to give Port a 10-3 halftime lead.

The third period was more of the same as the Vikings scored on goals from Lowes, Mallon, Mulqueen, on a pass from Kehlenbeck, and Lutin who got his hat trick on an assist from Francis. Hewlett scored one early in the period and one at the buzzer but with a 14-5 lead the game was essentially over.

The big lead gave Coach Case the opportunity to give playing time to some of the second line and they jumped at the opportunity. Andrew Davis, Tom Linthicum and Shane Hafer all scored before Hewlett put one in at the end and the Vikings walked away with an impressive 17-6 victory.

Both goalies - Scott Udell (nine saves) and Mike Ferrari (four saves) - played well and snuffed any shots that Hewlett mustered but credit must also go to the Port defense led by Scott Schnipper (who also played a solid game in the loss to Wantagh), Vince Zorskas, whose stickwork stripped many a Hewlett player of the ball, as well as Tommy Maher and Dave Katz who also turned in solid performances.

The offense showed it can dominate and the second attack and second middies showed they can score as well. All of that will be needed in the upcoming weeks as the Vikings face a tough West Islip squad, a MacArthur team that is out for revenge and a Lawrence team that is ranked slightly higher than the Vikings. They also need to finish up a game against Floral Park that was postponed because of lightning on Friday, April 19.


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