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Dalers Lose First Game

Posted Saturday, April 07, 2007 by Mike Hungerford

The Farmingdale Boys Varsity Lacrosse team lost their first game of the season on Wednesday, falling to Smithtown West 11-10. The Dalers fell behind early 7-2, rallied to take the lead 10-9, but allowed West to score the final two goals of the game in the last 40 seconds of the fourth quarter for the late victory.

The game was played in a driving rainstorm at Allen Park, with temperatures that never rose above 40 degrees during the contest. Head Coach Bob Hartranft commented that the conditions were "some of the worst he has seen in forty years of coaching, but the game was still played at a high skill level. That's a real tribute to the kids who competed for both teams today."

Smithtown West, the #2 pre-season seed in Suffolk County Class A, took an early 2-0 lead behind the play of attackman Scott Perri, the son of alumnus Peter Perri, Class of '75. Farmingdale answered to tie the game with goals by longstick Keenan Ochwat and senior middie Richie D'Amico, who scored off a nice feed from Mike McPartland. West responded by scoring the next five goals, three by attackman Scott Pannell, and appeared to be on the verge of turning the game into a rout. But the Dalers rallied, scoring two straight goals before halftime to stop Smithtown's momentum.

In the second half, The Dalers held Smithtown to only two goals for 23 minutes, and both were Smithtown man-up situations, while scoring six goals themselves to take the lead 10-9. Both the tying and go-ahead goals were orchestrated by attackman Joe Bagnasco. His nifty stick-fake and pass to Danny Blau on man-up resulted in an easy tally, and minutes later his strong isolation move gave Farmingdale the lead late in the fourth quarter.

The ensuing faceoff was won by Smithtown, and after a broken situation, Smithtown's Pannell found crease attackman Danny Martinsen for the tying goal. Smithtown won the next faceoff, and with 17 seconds left, the same combo hooked up again for the game-winner for West (2-1).

Despite the non-league loss, there were many bright spots for Farmingdale (3-1). Bagnasco led all scorers with three goals and three assists, and Blau added three goals and one assist. Faceoff specialist KC Worker continued his excellent play, winning 15 of 23 faceoffs and scooping five ground balls. On a side note, the Dalers almost won the contest despite game injuries to two starting defensemen, Keenan Ochwat and Anthony Veveakis, both of whom only played less than two full quarters. Senior Carlin Doyle stepped in and was excellent with three takaways and five ground balls in just over one half of play.

The Dalers return to action to complete their non-league schedule on Saturday, April 7th against Plainedge at Allen Park at 6:00 pm.

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