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    Livecast primer: Nassau boys LAX championships

    by Tom Liodice on
    Tue, May 29, 2012 2:05 AM

    Updated Tue, May 29, 2012 2:19 AM
    Livecast primer: Nassau boys LAX championships

    Tickets to the Long Island boys championships are on the line as the Nassau County Class ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ titles will be contested at Hofstra University on MSGVarsity.com Gametime Livecast.

    The action begins at 3:30 p.m. with a special Camera One presentation of top-seeded Cold Spring Harbor taking on Friends Academy.

    The Quakers earned their way to the finals by going through Clarke in the quarterfinals with a 12-6 win, followed by an impressive 11-8 win over Locust Valley in the semis. Will Sands scored a game-high five goals in the semifinal against the Falcons as Friends Academy exploded for six goals in the fourth quarter for the victory. Harrison DellaFerra added a hat trick in the winning effort.

    Cold Spring Harbor had a little bit of an easier path to the finals as the top seed. The Seahawks only had to get through North Shore in the semifinals to advance, and they did that handily with a 17-3 win. Cold Spring Harbor spread the offense around as Sean Doyle and Justin McBride both tallied hat tricks. Danny Simonetti added a pair of goals, while nine other players each found the back of the net once.

    The winner of this game will face the winner of Shoreham-Wading River/Mt. Sinai on June 2 at 3:30 p.m. at Hofstra.

    The Class ‘A’ title game will follow as the top-seeded Massapequa Chiefs take on the Braves of Syosset at 6:00 p.m.

    Massapequa enters the title game as the top seed in Nassau Class ‘A’ and had to get through Hicksville and Port Washington to get where they are now.

    Keep an eye on Ian Kirby for the Chiefs. In the semifinals against Port Washington, Kirby potted a career-high seven goals on the afternoon to lift his team to its third-straight Nassau County championship game. Joe Danaher was strong in net as well by stopping ten Port shots in the 14-5 win.

    Syosset is a team on a mission right now and are winners of their last eight games, including a dominating 17-7 semifinal win over Baldwin. The Braves got a strong start over the Bruins with a 10-2 lead at the half. Ryan Hunter scored six goals on the day to lead his team to the finals.

    Following that, the Class ‘B’ championship will commence as the top team in the nation Garden City will look to defend its crown against Wantagh at 8:30 p.m.

    The Trojans are the consensus top team in the nation, ranked number one by four national polls including LaxPower.com and InsideLacrosse.com. Winners of 18 in a row, Garden City had no problem getting the Division-Levittown, South Side and Long Beach to reach the finals.

    The trio of Justin Guterding, Devin Dwyer and Liam Kennedy dominated in its semifinal win over Long Beach by combining for 18 points on 15 goals, while Dan Marino made eight saves in the victory.

    Wantagh made sure that a repeat performance of the Wood Stick Classic wouldn’t happen this year in the Class ‘B’ finals with a 17-11 win over Manhasset. Matt Blazano led the way with four goals, while Kyle Cain, Brian von Bargen, and Corey Stavis all potted hat tricks of their own for the win.

    Be sure to join the MSGVarsity.com team as a live chat will be taking place through every game only on Livecast!

    Teams at a glance:

    COLD SPRING HARBOR SEAHAWKS
    Record: 13-3
    How they got here: Bye to semifinals; Won vs. North Shore, 17-3 (Nassau Class ‘C’ semifinals)
    Previous three meetings: Won 15-4 (April 28, 2012 – regular season); Won 8-7 (May 28, 2011 – Nassau Class ‘C’ finals); Won 6-4 (May 2, 2011 – regular season)

    FRIENDS ACADEMY QUAKERS
    Record: 12-5
    How they got here: Won vs. Clarke, 12-6 (Nassau Class ‘C’ quarterfinals); Won vs. Locust Valley, 11-8 (Nassau Class ‘C’ semifinals)
    Previous three meetings: Loss 15-4 (April 28, 2012 – regular season); Loss 8-7 (May 28, 2011 – Nassau Class ‘C’ finals); Loss 6-4 (May 2, 2011 – regular season)

    GARDEN CITY TROJANS
    Record: 18-0
    MSG Varsity Tri-State Ranking: 1
    Regional power ranking: 1
    How they got here: Won vs. Division, 11-3 (Nassau Class ‘B’ first round); Won vs. South Side, 15-7 (Nassau Class ‘B’ quarterfinals); Won vs. Wantagh, 15-7 (Nassau Class ‘B’ semifinals)
    Previous three meetings: Won 12-5 (May 9, 2012 – regular season); Won 11-3 (April 21, 2011 – regular season); Won 13-4 (June 2, 2010 – Nassau Class ‘B’ finals)

    WANTAGH WARRIORS
    Record: 15-3
    MSG Varsity Tri-State Ranking: 18
    Regional power ranking: 10
    How they got here: Won vs. Floral Park, 16-3 (Nassau Class ‘B’ first round); Won vs. Carey, 19-5 (Nassau Class ‘B’ quarterfinals); Won vs. Manhasset, 17-11 (Nassau Class ‘B’ semifinals)
    Previous three meetings: Loss 12-5 (May 9, 2012 – regular season); Loss 11-3 (April 21, 2011 – regular season); Loss 13-4 (June 2, 2010 – Nassau Class ‘B’ finals)

    MASSAPEQUA CHIEFS
    Record: 15-2
    MSG Varsity Tri-State Ranking: 12
    Regional power ranking: 7
    How they got here: Won vs. Hicksville, 14-1 (Nassau Class ‘A’ quarterfinals); Won vs. Port Washington 14-5 (Nassau Class ‘A’ semifinals)
    Previous three meetings: Won 14-8 (April 19, 2012 – regular season); Won 10-3 (May 26, 2011 – Nassau Class ‘A’ semifinals); Won 8-6 (April 14, 2011 – regular season)

    SYOSSET BRAVES
    Record: 13-4
    MSG Varsity Tri-State Ranking: NR
    Regional power ranking: NR
    How they got here: Won vs. MacArthur, 17-4 (Nassau Class ‘A’ quarterfinals); Won vs. Baldwin, 17-7 (Nassau Class ‘A’ semifinals)
    Previous three meetings: Loss 14-8 (April 19, 2012 – regular season); Loss 10-3 (May 26, 2011 – Nassau Class ‘A’ semifinals); Loss 8-6 (April 14, 2011 – regular season)

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