SWR travels to Marist for state semifinals

06/05/2013 1:00 PM |
GARRET MEADE PHOTO  |  Shoreham-Wading River senior Tim Rotanz tallied 13 points in the Wildcats' win over Friends Academy Saturday.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River senior Tim Rotanz tallied 13 points in the Wildcats’ win over Friends Academy Saturday.

Three blowout wins in the books, the Shoreham-Wading River boys lacrosse team heads north today to face Bronxville in the Class C state semifinals.

The Wildcats stand two wins away from their second straight state championship.

Shoreham demolished Friends Academy Saturday in the Long Island championship, 18-7. Senior Tim Rotanz led the offensive onslaught with 13 points (6 goals, 7 assists).

Today’s semifinal game, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Marist College, is a rematch from last year. The Wildcats defeated Bronxville 11-2 last year en route to the state championship.

Bronxville comes into the game with a 21-1 record. But the level of competition the school faces in Section 1 doesn’t compare to the kind of grind Shoreham faces. Bronxville is rated 13th on laxpower.com for Class C schools in New York. The Wildcats (18-1) are No. 1.

The teams have played one common opponent this year: Westhampton Beach. The Wildcats won 15-9 in the first game of the season against Westhampton and Bronxville won 6-5 in overtime April 17.

A win would send the Wildcats into the state finals Saturday in Rochester. The other semifinal matchup features Cazenovia against Penn Yann. The Wildcats defeated Penn Yann in last year’s state final.

Two more wins would give Shoreham its fourth state title since 2002. Only West Islip (five state titles in Class A) has more championships in that time period among Suffolk County schools.

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