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It was a Suffolk County sweep in the eighth annual Long Island Showcase on Friday at SUNY Farmingdale.
But not without some last-minute drama in the grand finale as Suffolk’s Rising Sophomores pulled out a dramatic 8-7 win to complete the trifecta.
Game recaps are below.
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Game 1 Rising Juniors – Suffolk 14, Nassau 5
Westhampton Beach’s Dylan Laube, an athletic, underrated and uncommitted midfielder who also stars in football (as a running back/safety), enjoyed a coming out party with three goals for Suffolk, which jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first quarter.
Suffolk extended the lead to 7-1 at the half.
Another middie, Pete Engelken of Sachem East, had two goals. Pete Lasalla of Rocky Point excelled in the faceoff X as Nassau struggled to get possession in the first half as Suffolk built its insurmountable lead.
Game 2 Rising Seniors – Suffolk 12, Nassau 8
Three players each finished with two goals –Smithtown East’s Luke Eschbach, Comsewogue’s Will Snelders and Shoreham-Wading River’s Kevin Cutinella — for Suffolk, which broke a 5-5 halftime time by outscoring Nassau 3-1 in the third period. A blast by Cutinella gave Suffolk a 7-6 lead with just over six minutes left in the third.
Smithtown East’s Connor DeSimone was also an offensive catalyst as a feeder. So too was an unlikely player: Hofstra-bound goaltender Jacob Coleman of Riverhead who unleashed a bullet, 80-yard feed from inside the crease to Marquette-bound Garret Moya of Huntington, who converted it into a goal.
Nassau was led offensively by attackmen Sam Brown (Long Beach), Jack Keogh (Manhasset), Mike Leake (South Side) and Dominic Scorcia (Carey) as well as its own unlikely offensive source: LSM Joseph LiCalzi of South Side, who scored twice in a pair of transition opportunities.
Another defender, Joe Bartolotto of Miller Place, also got in on the scoring, getting a goal off a nice fake.
Game 3 Rising Sophomores – Suffolk 8, Nassau 7
Half Hollow Hills West attackman Christian Mulé capped a back-and-forth exchange in the fourth quarter by netting the game-winner on an extra-man opportunity with 10 seconds remaining in regulation.
The goal, Mulé’s second of the game, came on a lefty blast.
Nassau had grabbed a 7-6 lead on a goal by Manhasset attackman Louis Perfetto after teammate Nick Turrini of Calhoun tied it at 6-6. Suffolk had knotted it at 7-7 on a goal by Smithtown West’s John Hoffman.
Nassau came out hot, taking a 3-1 lead after one quarter. Nassau led 5-3 at halftime. It was tied 5-5 after three quarters.
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