Stephen Parker said South Side players were not aware before Thursday’s game against Manhasset that the Cyclones had never beaten the Indians.
“Even if we did, that would not have changed our mindset,” said Parker (pictured above).
A mindset that helped produce a historic 6-5 win at Manhasset (2-1) that indeed marked South Side’s first-ever win over the proud and tradition-rich Indians, one the nation’s most successful programs.
Also Thursday, Northport (3-1) beat Suffolk County rival Ward Melville (3-2) for the first time in a decade, winning 13-7 as North Carolina-bound Brian Cannon had a goal and three assists and Nick Roros scored three times.
South Side (3-3) snapped a 5-5 tie with just under two minutes remaining on freshman Mike Leake’s second goal. The game was tied 2-2 at the half and 4-4 after three quarters.
Brian Hurwitz finished with three goals for the Cyclones (3-3), who entered the game having lost tough ones to Syosset, Cold Spring Harbor and Lynbrook. Dylan Crossan and Kieran O’Hagan were key contributors on offense.
But faceoffs and defense made the difference for South Side. Chris Callahan won all but two faceoffs for South Side. Goalie Dennis LiCalzi made 22 saves.
“The keys to our win were definitely toughness and energy, especially on the defensive end,” the Air Force-bound Parker said. “We were relentless every second on hands and every groundball.
“The midfielders did a great job of getting back and playing defense. When we needed to get bailed out, Dennis LiCalzi was huge in net. The sideline also did a great job of keeping the energy up. Because of our toughness on defense and our ability to go all out the entire game, we were able to keep Manhasset to a low enough total that our offense was able to pull out the one goal victory in a great team effort.”
One that also makes a big statement in an ultra-competitive Nassau Class B that also features two-time New York state champ Garden City.
“Every time we step on the field, we believe that we are going to win,” Parker said. “That is always our mindset and it was no different going into the game agaisnt Manhasset.”
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