Garden City Trojans Defeat Manhasset Indians 9-8 in the 125th Woodstick Classic.
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Photos in this album show some game action from the 125th Woodstick Classic lacrosse game between the Garden City Trojans and the Manhasset Indians boys varsity teams. Garden City won the game 9-8.(Other events from the day are listed under separate albums
About the Day: The nationís oldest uninterrupted high school lacrosse rivalry was renewed last Saturday, May 3rd, at Warren King Field when the Garden City Trojans played host to the Manhasset Indians in the Wood Stick Classic. It was the 125th meeting between the two schools since the series began in 1935.
The festivities surrounding the Woodstick Classic began Friday afternoon May 2nd as Tim Goettelmann's Monster's Kids charity hosted a free Monster Mash Lax Clinic for elementary school aged children. Hundreds of children turned out for lax lessons, fun and pizza.
On Saturday morning the boys JV lacrosse teams from Manhasset and Garden City opened the day's festivities with a 9am game.
The fun continued with the Monster's Kids Alumni game at 11 a.m. That game proved to be a nailbiter that came down to the last minute as the alumni from Garden City defeated their Manhasset rivals by a score of 9-8. This was the first time that the Trojans came away with a win in this newest rivalry between the two towns. Manhasset now holds a 3-1 record in the series that hopes to continue for many years.
Following the alumni game, a Challenger game that geared itself to special needs players was held. Family, friends, and some of the varsity players were on hand to lend advice and support to the players. Most exciting was the encouragement and high fives that the players received from the Marines who were on hand to watch the game.
The day was only half way done when attention turned to the turf field for a non league game between two outstanding lacrosse programs as the Garden City Girls varsity team played a tough squad from St Anthony's High School. It looked as though that would be a close game as the teams alternated the first four goals of the game but then the Trojans pulled away and won the game by a score of 14-9.
After the singing of the national anthem by GCHS senior Gabrielle Nastasi, the Woodstick Classic game began just after 4:30 pm. Garden City entered the game with a 6-0 Conference B1 record and an overall record of 10-2. Manhasset, in the Nassau B2 conference, held a 7-2 record and an overall record of 7-7. Both teams came out fired up and the Manhasset fans went wild when the Indians took a 1-0 lead but the Trojans answered with a goal of their own. The GCHS kickline entertained the crowd before the start of the second half of the game. Garden City held on for a 9-8 victory in what proved to be an incredibly exciting finish to the game. Manhasset still leads the series all-time, 68-57, yet Garden City has won 18 of the last 23 meetings since 1997.