A high school boys lacrosse game of great consequence came to down to a simple game of keepaway. Yorktown is good at keepaway, among other things.
Protecting a 6-5 lead in a New York State Class B semifinal, Yorktown was running the clock down during the final minutes when Shoreham-Wading River caught a break. A turnover gave Shoreham the ball and hope. But that hope didn’t last long.
The Suffolk County Class B boys lacrosse final didn’t start the way Shoreham-Wading River wanted it to. Sayville was taking it to the Wildcats, who were on their heels and looking out of sorts. At halftime, Shoreham was on the short end of a 5-2 score.
The Wildcats can’t say they haven’t been there before. Just five days earlier, in the semifinals, they trailed Comsewogue, 4-2, at halftime.
Kevin Cutinella scored on a pass from behind the cage with 1 minute 49 seconds remaining to snap a tie and lift Shoreham-Wading River to an 8-7 victory over Eastport-South Manor in a Suffolk County Class B boys lacrosse quarterfinal on Saturday.
After playing in the bitter cold with temperatures in the mid-30s, the Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats must have felt a warm feeling inside as they walked off Thomas Cutinella Memorial Field. Their performance, however, might have sent a chill through the other boys lacrosse teams in Suffolk County Division II.
From an outsider’s perspective, last season had all the makings of a rebuilding year at Shoreham-Wading River. The Wildcats introduced a new coach, Mike Taylor, their third in three years. READ
Shoreham-Wading River junior Chris Curran scored three goals with two assists in Thursday’s loss to Sayville. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)
CLASS B SEMIFINALS | GOLDEN FLASHES 12, WILDCATS 11 (OT)
There was an undeniable feeling from the early moments of the season, beginning with a dominant opener against Harborfields, to a win over Miller Place and a string of blowout victories toward the end, that Shoreham-Wading River lacrosse was back.
The up-and-down season a year ago gave way to stability under new coach Mike Taylor. And the focus was squared back where it belonged: on playing lacrosse. (more…)
Shorheam-Wading River junior Jason Curran scored five goals in Tuesday’s win over Rocky Point. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
WILDCATS 22, EAGLES 9
The goals came quick and often, from shots in close and far, from starters and backups.
By the time Shoreham-Wading River’s senior day game against Rocky Point came to an end Tuesday, the Wildcats had tallied a season-high 22 goals. (more…)
Shoreham-Wading River senior Ryan Bray led the Wildcats with five goals Saturday against Miller Place. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
WILDCATS 11, PANTHERS 7
Mike Taylor saw firsthand in 2010 the Shoreham-Wading River Lax Out Cancer event. That year, the boys lacrosse team played the annual fundraiser event, which started in 2008, at Dowling Sports Complex where Taylor was a coach.
When he became the Wildcats’ varsity coach this season, he knew carrying on that tradition was an important part of his new job.
It was also a bit overwhelming. (more…)