After a spotty up and down season, it came down to one game for the boys varsity lacrosse team - beat Freeport and make the playoffs. And so before a packed crowd at The Pit - the final home game of the year - the Vikings went out to get it together, show up with their A game and nail down a much needed win.
Jeff Frocarro opened it up for Port but Freeport scored the next three to make it 3-1 after a quarter. However, it was a different Port team that answered the bell in the second. Billy Brown scored, Frocarro fed Mike Winter who scored on a man-up situation, Alex Lee put one in, and with 27 seconds left in the half, Winter practically rolled one across the box to Brown who was camped out on the crease and scored to give Port a 5-3 lead at the half.
The second half was more of the same - Brown from defenseman Jonah Lovens and then Brown unassisted. Not to be outdone, Frocarro, won the faceoff, ran the ball to the sideline, cut in toward the net, dodged the Freeport defense and scored. Michael Dremluk added one to give Port eight unanswered goals and a 9-3 lead with one period left.
Freeport eventually scored three more but not before Rob Lutin and Baker Milo notched one each to put the icing on the cake. When the smoke cleared the Vikings had an impressive 11-6 victory and shot at the playoffs.
Once again the Vikings turned in a solid end to end performance. Michael Widmer was sharp in goal, making 13 saves. He was aided by the defensive unit of Lovens, Bryant Rich, Tom McDonough, Jordan Caruso, Sean Allen, Steven Kaufman and Peter Miller, who all hit and hustled.
There is on regular season game left against top ranked Syosset and then the playoffs. The Vikings will clearly face an uphill battle but with two wins in their last three games, maybe they are peaking at the right time.