Garden City Defeats South Side 15-7 in Boys Lacrosse Quarterfinal
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BY JAKE WHITE
Underdog South Side showed speed and determination in last Friday night’s Nassau Class B lacrosse
quarterfinals at Hofstra’s soccer complex, but a strong second half performance lifted Garden City to a 15-
7 victory and a semifinal match with Long Beach on May 23. The winner of that game will move on to the
Nassau Class B Championship against the Manhasset-Wantagh winner, scheduled for Tuesday, May 29 at
Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium at 8 p.m.
Goals by Devin Dwyer, Patric Berkery, Justin Guterding and Rob Savage gave the Trojans a 4-2 lead
after a quarter. The same foursome scored again in the second period to put their team ahead, 8-3, in
what looked as if it might be a rout, but South Side fought back with two late goals. The last came after a
Trojan give-away with 17 seconds left forced goalie Dan Marino to make a brilliant save. Undeterred, the
Cyclones hit the net as the horn sounded to end the half. Trailing 8-5, momentum seemed to have swung to
But just as they have all year, the Trojans (17-0) owned the second half. Senior playmaker Devin
Dwyer took over the game in the third quarter with two goals and two assists, giving him eight points on
the day. GC’s lead was stretched to 13-6 and they coasted home as Liam Kennedy and Jack Worstell hit
the nets for the final margin.
“Give South Side credit,” said Garden City coach Steve Finnell. “They played very hard and showed
excellent quickness at times. I’m glad we settled down and played our game in the second half.”
Goalie Dan Marino showed no signs of the ankle injury that hampered him after the Manhasset game.
He recorded nine saves, several of them spectacular, before leaving with a 14-6 lead. Middies James
Sullivan and Rob Savage won 15 of 23 faceoffs against South Side which features Sean Kenny, regarded as
one of the best in Nassau.
The semifinal opponent, Long Beach, trounced Plainedge, 20-7. The Marines have a lot of firepower
and some fine athletes. Garden City won the earlier meeting in April, 13-8.
LAX NOTES: The Trojans’ 17th straight win is the second longest active winning streak in the state.
Upstate Class C power Cazenovia has won 33 in a row....Dwyer’s four assists against South Side raised his
career total to 199. His season totals are 32-57-89. Guterding has 36-34-70 and Kennedy 46-7-53 through
the quarterfinals. Quite a high scoring attack.... Berkery leads the middies with 16-8-24.....GC earned its
28th trip to the “final four” in 29 years and is the six-time defending county champ.