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Northport Falls to West Islip

Tigers struggle with Lions offense depth, tight defense and lose 9-3 on Tuesday.

With more than 90 goals between them this season, Northport held West Islip’s attackmen Tom Moore and Brendan Smith to three goals Tuesday.

But the Tigers were unable to contain the rest of the Lions offense as the defending eight time Suffolk County Class A champions defeated Northport 9-3 in a quarter-final playoff game at West Islip High School.

Yale-bound midfielder Jon Reese had three of West Islip’s four goals and Anthony DeLuca (C.W. Post) had four points (1G, 3A) to move the top-seeded Lions into the county semi-finals Friday at home against No. 4 Sachem North.

“It’s one of the nice things about this team; we have a lot of depth,” said Reese. “We have a first (midfield) line that can attack and DeLuca can also attack from behind the cage.”

Tuesday’s game early on appeared headed for a blowout as West Islip came out flying when early back-to-back goals by Reese and a post-ringer by junior midfielder Nick Aponte put the Lions up 3-0.

But Northport, backed by the strong play of goalie Tom Troiano (11 saves), kept the game close. The No. 8 Tigers (11-7) got first half goals by Sean Gilroy to cut West Islip’s lead to 4-2 with 9:50 remaining in the second quarter. A late goal by Brendan Smith gave West Islip a 5-2 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, West Islip took control of the game and while outscoring the Tigers only 3-1, maintained possession and gave Northport few quality looks at the goal.

When the Tigers offense was able to muster shots, Brown-bound West Islip goalie Jack Kelly (10 saves) was there to keep Northport from mounting a comeback.

Overall, West Islip head coach Scott Craig was pleased with his team’s effort.

“We had a lot of opportunities that we did not convert,” he said. “Their slide tied up Tommy (Moore) four times on the door step and their goalie stuffed DeLuca on a close-in chance.”

1 2 3 4 F Northport 1 1 1 0 3 West Islip 3 2 3 1 9
A Parent May 23, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Game was not as close as the score would indicate. Coaching was a chief advantage for WI. Good season boys and luck next year.
Joe Napolitano May 23, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Coward comment ... Put your name to it or keep your mouth shut. Signed, Joe Napolitano
Joe Lax May 24, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Hey Joe, meet me at Changing Times tonight at 9:30 / 10am. Mouth will be open.
Jason Molinet May 24, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Bottom line: West Islip has won eight straight Suffolk titles. The Lions are the top seed once again. So whether Northport believed it could win or not, on paper the Tigers were not expected to. The reality is no boys lacrosse team on Long Island has an expectation of beating West Islip.
Stephen J May 24, 2012 at 05:14 PM
I beg to differ. Garden City is as of today the number one team in the nation.
Flyer Dad May 24, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Yes and they already lost to the Flyers of Chaminade and I think Chaminade expected to win. No disrespect to WI but there is more than one very good team on the Island.
Jason Molinet May 24, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Of course. But that doesn't mean any of those teams expect to win. Chaminade, a Catholic power, beat WI, 7-6, on a goal with 13 seconds left. There are some great programs on LI. But West Islip is king -- definitely the kings of Suffolk -- until proven otherwise. For anyone to be bashing Northport coaches or players for not playing better -- which is the point of my post -- is not in touch with the reality on the field.

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