Port Washington upends defending NYS champs
Jake Froccaro won the opening faceoff of the fourth quarter, dashed toward the net and fired a shot past the goalkeeper in less than 10 seconds.
It was a scene Port Washington has grown accustomed to witnessing from its Princeton-bound midfielder.
Froccaro was a dominant force as he scored five goals, added an assist and won 13 of 18 faceoffs to lead No. 5 Port Washington past defending state champion No. 4 Farmingdale, 13-9, in the Nassau Class A boys lacrosse quarterfinals Monday night at Shuart Stadium.
Port Washington (9-7) advances to the semifinals to face No. 1 Massapequa at 5:30 p.m. next Tuesday at Shuart Stadium.
"We were very confident that we could win this game coming in [after] beating them during the season," said Froccaro, whose goal off the fourth-quarter faceoff made it 9-7. "Every time we put one in, the momentum kept on building off that and we were doing great."
Farmingdale (8-8) used long possessions to take a 2-0 lead midway through the first quarter. Port Washington got into a rhythm late in the first and Froccaro's brother Joey, a freshman, scored one of his three goals to tie the score at 2 in the closing seconds of the quarter.
"When we went down 2-0, we realized we need to wake up and start playing," the elder Froccaro said. "We were winning faceoffs, we were getting possession and I feel like we were dominating the possession time. That really helped us in the end as we were getting a little tired. We stalled a little bit, held the ball and it worked out for us."
The Vikings controlled the pace of the second quarter but found themselves tied at 6 at halftime. Jake Froccaro had four of his goals in the second half as Port Washington grasped an 8-7 lead through three quarters.
Travis Wahl scored four goals for Farmingdale and cut the gap to 9-8 with 7:45 left, but Port Washington scored four straight goals to end any chances of a comeback.