Shoreham-Wading River goalie Tyler Lutjen said the shot "looked like a beach ball" when he made a game-changing save late in the third quarter. The simile was apt because seconds later teammate Trevor Brosco took a clearing pass from Lutjen and rode a wave of speed and power down the field to score a game-changing goal.
Brosco, the Notre Dame-bound midfielder, netted his second unassisted goal with 3:40 left in the third to break a 6-6 tie and send host Shoreham-Wading River to an 11-8 win over Hauppauge yesterday in a Suffolk Division II lacrosse season opener for both schools.
"I saw the ball good -- stick-side high," Lutjen said of an open shot by Chris Jacovino that produced one of his 13 saves. "After I made the save, I saw Trevor make a move and go all the way."
SWR led 5-2 after one quarter then went flat. Tom Kelly's extra-man tally on a feed from Rob Longo tied it at 6 for Hauppauge with 9:29 left in the third. Kelly scored four goals and Hofstra-bound middie Sam Llinares added three. James Higgins led SWR with four goals.
After Brosco broke through, SWR got on a roll. A little more than a minute later, freshman Ryan Bray beat David Whang (10 saves) with a high riser. Another minute later, Tim Rotanz had the first of two spectacular solo efforts. On this one, the Maryland-bound junior slipped as he tried to cut, scrambled to his feet, and split two defenders in the process. Then he made a spin move and scored to make it 9-6. Higgins finished the 4-0 flurry with a one-on-one move from behind the net with 9:15 left.
Llinares won the ensuing faceoff and scored 11 seconds later. But Rotanz, son of Shoreham-Wading River coach Tom Rotanz, ended any drama with a breathtaking play. With his team a man down, Rotanz snatched a pass out of the air in the high slot, raced straight up the field and scored the Wildcats' final goal with 6:57 left.
"When we need a play, we look to Timmy and Trevor," Tom Rotanz said. "They're both great scorers but they're good on defense, too. This was Trevor's first game at full strength since April 30 of last year, when he ripped his hamstring against Comsewogue."