Syosset punches ticket to Nassau 'A' finals
UNIONDALE, NY -- Syosset was on a mission to return to the Nassau County finals.
After missing the County finals last year for the first timte in four years, Syosset attacked quickly and often as Ryan Hunter led the way with six goals in a 17-7 win in the Class 'A' semifinals over Baldwin at Hofstra University.
Hunter opened up the scoring for Syosset just three minutes into the game, followed by Andrew Keith getting the Braves out to a 2-0 lead just two minutes later.
After Patrick Dillon cut the Braves lead in half a minute and a half later, Hunter was at it again, collecting the loose change off a John Diaz shot and potting it home for his second of the game just seven minutes in.
The Braves continued to be dominant in the first 12 minutes of play as they rattled off three more goals and jumped out to a 6-1 lead at the end of one quarter.
Hunter would be at it again by opening up the scoring in the second quarter off a bouncer from 10 yards out, beating Baldwin goaltender Brett Dadiego for the hat trick. Keith, Frankie Buffalino and Alex Hatzopolous all added goals in the second frame as Syosset pulled away to a 10-2 lead at the half.
Hunter would add a second half trick in a Syosset five-goal third quarter as the Braves cruised to the 17-7 win.
Diaz also added a hat trick for Syosset.
Mike Ainbinder led Baldwin in scoring with a hat trick.
Syosset will advance to the Nassau County Class 'A' finals to take on top-seeded Massapequa May 29 at 8:30 p.m.