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Lacrosse Squads Fall Short in Title Bids

The Road to the Nassau County Finals

Another stellar spring sports season for Massapequa high school sports has come to an end. The boys’ volleyball squad, completing an undefeated season, took the Conference I Nassau County title. Meanwhile, both the boys and girls lacrosse teams took their season in the county finals, where they fell heartbreakingly close to winning their own championships.

On June 2, the boys’ teams traveled to Farmingdale, where they lost a tough 9-8 contest to the top-ranked Dalers. The Chiefs jumped out to a 2-0 first quarter lead, only to fall behind in the second and third frames. Showing no quit, the Chiefs put on a fourth quarter drive. They tied Farmingdale, 2-2 in the final frame, but that was not enough to make up for earlier deficits.

In the game, Jamie Shand paced the Chiefs with three goals and two assists, while John Deignan and Rob Goeren had two goals each. In the goalie box, Eric Schneider contributed six saves.

The Chiefs, who were ranked second in tournament play, battled Farmingdale all season for the top spot in Conference I action. Farmingdale finished the season undefeated in conference play, while going 16-2 overall. The Chiefs, meanwhile, went 8-1 in conference action and 13-4 overall.

Even though they fell short in the title game, the Chiefs put on a spectacular offensive show throughout the month of May, beginning with a 21-1 April 27 walloping of Herricks. That set the stage for the Chiefs big stretch run. On May 4, they defeated Hicksville, 9-4; on May 7, it was a 16-9 shellacking of Plainview JFK; on May 11, a 16-2 victory over Uniondale; on May 20, a 15-3 trouncing of East Meadow; and finally, on May 27, a hard fought 13-9 win over Hicksville, the game that catapulted them into the finals.

For the season, the Chiefs were paced on offense by Ian Lukaszewica who had 36 goals and 23 assists. Jamie Shand had 31 goals and 25 assists. Other top scorers were Rob Goeren (28 goals), Brent Lawless (23 goals), and Dylan Sheehan (18 goals).

The boys’ squad wasn’t the only Massapequa team to see their season end in the hands of a Farmingdale team.

On June 1, the girls’ team lost the Nassau County Class A title game to Farmingdale, 16-5. Farmingdale jumped out to a huge 12-2 first quarter lead, and while Massapequa came back to score three goals in the final frame, it wasn’t nearly enough to close that earlier gap.

Kelsey O’Brien scored two of those goals, while Maddi Pimental and Jackie Kennedy had one goal each. Victoria Zorovich had five seats, while Christina Fiorinelli had four.

The Lady Chiefs made it to the title game by winning a May 25 home game against Baldwin, 12-7. In that game, the Chiefs jumped out to a 6-4 lead, one they never relinquished. Victorian Zorovich had a stellar game in the goal, scoring 10 saves. Offensive stars were Rory Sadoff (four goals), Maddie Pimental (two goals and two assists), while Danielle Doherty and Kelsey O’Brien had two goals each.

For the season, Kelsey O’Brien had a huge year, scoring 44 goals, while Danielle Doherty was close behind with 41 goals and 11 assists. Maddie Pimental had a well-balanced year, scoring 26 goals and 19 assists. Rory Sadoff had 27 goals and six assists. Both Victoria Harrison and Victoria Zorovich had 56 goals.