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A collection of leading varsity juniors and seniors from Nassau and Suffolk counties went down to Tampa, FL this past week and came away with the championship of the Brogden Cup.
One of the offensive catalysts for Team USA was Ryan Ozsvath.
The senior at Half Hollow Hills West HS scored five goals in a 15-12 win over Canada in the first game of the Brogden Cup.
An attackman who has committed to Stony Brook, Ozsvath is a fantastic finisher who scored three or more goals in 10 games for Hills West last season, including a pair of six-goal games.
A four-year starter, Ozsvath, who has more than 100 goals, is on pace to become Hills West’s all-time goal-scoring leader.
Now, here are Ryan’s perspectives on the Brogden Cup.
What were some of the keys in the double OT win over Canada and to the unbeaten record overall?
Both of our goalies played insane the entire tournament. They came up huge when we needed them too which was a key factor in our OT win and all of our games. We also had a man up that shared the ball extremely well and scored on almost every opportunity we were given.
Can you describe what happened in the overtime periods?
Due to overtime being two four-minute periods, there wasn’t exactly one game winning goal but in the beginning of OT we received a man-up opportunity where we stuck two goals from the outside back-to-back which made it 8-6 and really got us pumped up.
Did you feel you were playing for more than Long Island, but for the U.S., in the games vs. Canada?
Right as I put the USA jersey on for the first time I left as if we were playing for a bigger purpose then we did at the national classic as Long Island. Being the champions of the national lacrosse classic made us feel that we deserved to get the opportunity to play as USA which made us all feel like we were playing for the entire country not just Long Island.
What were the keys to your getting five goals in the first Canada game?
My style of lacrosse is a lot of off-ball movement where I move to spaces where I will have room to get my hands open and shoot.
Knowing that Canada plays a lot of box lacrosse, I knew they would not be used to the ball being behind the net and having their backs turned away from the man to watch the ball.
Whenever we would dodge from behind, I would wait for my defensemen to turn and find myself getting open many times for shots.
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