The Boys Varsity Lacrosse team opened the season with a 3-0 record - its best start in years. The three decisive victories enabled the team to show its balance and versatility on both ends of the field.
The season opener - a 15-7 rout of Jericho - featured scoring by nine different players, including a four-goal performance from Mike Winter, and steady defensive work. The home opener was more of the same. After allowing Plainview JFK to score the first goal, Port went on to score eight unanswered goals to lead 8-1 at the half. Six Vikings scored two goals each to give Port a 12-4 victory, bolstered by steady goaltending and shut 'em down defense.
Last Saturday's contest against Long Beach was viewed as Port's first real test of the season. The Marines scored first but Tommy Maher ran the ball up from deep in his own end and fed Greg Mallon who tied up the game and a few minutes later Dan Latzman dodged through traffic and tucked one in to give Port the lead. The Marines evened it with less than a minute to play and the quarter ended 2-2.
Port came out smokin' in the second with two fast goals - a hard shot by Alex Lee and more finesse work from Latzman. Long Beach came back to add one but Rob Lutin, off a feed from Mallon, rifled one to give Port a 5-3 lead at the half.
The third quarter was all-Port as goals by Winter and Jeff Frocarro put the game out of reach. Again, the Marines scored in the closing moments of the period but Latzman's goal for the hat trick in the fourth, combined with shutout goaltending by Zach Levin, sealed the 8-4 victory.
As with the first two wins, there was a lot of credit to go around. The steady goaltending of Levin and James Pyo is bolstered by the solid defensive work of Maher, Max Cha, Jonah Lovens, Greg Safran and Matt Ferraro. The offense has demonstrated it enjoys working as a unit, with any middie or attackman capable of scoring.
The season is far from over but Head Coach Ken Case and assistants Mike Gallagher and Tom Stanziale have to be pleased with the fast start. The schedule will get harder but the '05 Vikings appear ready for the challenges that await them.