Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
The Syosset Braves varsity boys lacrosse team (7-1) were victorious over the Plainview JFK Hawks (5-3) last Friday afternoon, 12-5 in Conference I play. The Braves are the number two seed going into the playoffs, and the Hawks are the number six seed.
Ending the first two periods with a 6-2 lead, the Braves’ defense reduced Plainview’s potential comeback to only one goal, while Syosset scored four.
Andrew Keith, Alex Hatzopolous, and Mac O’Keefe scored two goals each for the Braves, while Danny Desimone led the Hawks with two goals. Goalie for Plainview Alex Seitzer had 12 saves and Syosset’s Ryan Feit had six saves—goalie Gregg Myers had one save for Syosset as well.
The Braves finished behind Massapequa (9-0), and head coach John Calabria says that Syosset has had a “great year in a tough league.”
“Our kids have come through in every game,” Calabria said. The Braves lost to Massapequa last month 14-6, and Calabria said the team is “looking forward to avenging that loss and hopefully making it to the finals.”
Returning seniors for the the Braves are John Diaz, Andrew Keith and Alex Hatzopolous at first mid-field; Kyler Haber on defense and as Calabria put it - “the all american” Ryan Feit on goal.
Calabria has been coaching the Braves boys lacrosse team for 14 years, and commended the Hawk’s head coach Chris Rogler, who has been coaching for Plainview JFK for 14 years as well, for a doing a “phenomenal job” with the Hawks.
“They played hard from the opening whistle to the final whistle, we got a couple of good looks in the third quarter and we were able to come away with it,” Calabria said.
“This was a cross town rival game,” Rogler said. “We’re right next door, and the challenge today was the play lacrosse for 48 minutes - we haven’t done it in a long time, but I think we showed today that we can play with the upper level teams.”
Rogler said he returned many seniors from last year, most of whom have played football with Rogler in the Fall.
“The more they’ve played with each other, the better they got,” Rogler said. “They’ve figured each other out.”