Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
In the last of three quarter-final games at Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium on Wednesday evening last week, the Syosset Braves boys’ lacrosse was victorious over the MacArthur Generals in a hard fought 5-4 victory that went into triple-overtime.
With both teams playing their hearts out for possession of the ball, it was Syosset freshman Mac Okeefe who found the hole necessary in MacArthur’s tight defense, and delivered the win for his team.
Less than 20 seconds into the third overtime, Alex Concannon passed the ball to OKeefe, who fired away.
“Concannon had a nice dodge, he drew the double and I was just wide open,” Okeefe said. “I didn’t have that much time, so I just put it up in the corner of the net.”
The number two seed, Syosset advanced to the semifinals and played Port Washington this past Wednesday at Hofstra. Port Washington gained entry into the semifinals by defeating Plainview JFK in the match prior to Syosset vs. MacArthur, 11-2.
Head coach of the Braves John Calabria praised MacArthur as “a great team,” saying: “They are a phenomenal team with a phenomenal coaching staff, and they had a great plan — we didn’t know what to do with them offensively.”
While Syosset walked off the field on top, they had to crawl out of a 3-0 hole almost halfway through the game. Andrew Keith tied the game 3-3 with less than two minutes remaining in the third, but MacArthur struck back at the 28-second mark, taking the lead again.
Syosset’s Alex Hatzopoulos tied the game once more at 2:21 left in the fourth, and the Braves held MacArthur for the remainder, bringing the game into overtime.
Goalie for the Braves, Ryan Feit, made six saves, and Port Washington’s Ryan Purcell had 12 saves.
“For eight quarters, we couldn’t score on them defensively,” Calabria said. “We fought back and figured out a way to advance, and that’s what playoff time is about.”
Commending Okeefe, Calabria said: “We have a lot of confidence in Mac, he gets a lot of playing time for a freshman on our team — he was able to put it in the net.”