Wildcats Win Thriller

Liam Brennan, Long Island’s top scorer, fields questions from News12’s Jamie Stuart after the game. Liam made a crucial goal with 1:03 left in the game to bring it back to an 11-11 tie.
Liam Brennan, Long Island’s top scorer, fields questions from News12’s Jamie Stuart after the game. Liam made a crucial goal with 1:03 left in the game to bring it back to an 11-11 tie.
Patric Harrington, being interviewed by News12’s Jamie Stuart, took the Keane clear and unleashed an underhanded rocket to the back of the Northport net for the 12-11 win.
Patric Harrington, being interviewed by News12’s Jamie Stuart, took the Keane clear and unleashed an underhanded rocket to the back of the Northport net for the 12-11 win.

Good teams know that in the fast-paced game of lacrosse, you can go on a scoring run and wipe out a deficit in minutes. And Northport is a very good team, and very well coached, but perhaps they were lulled into some small sense of security having just ended a dominant 5-1 run in the 3rd period, and were now up 10-6 to begin the 4th and final period.

Make no doubt about it, the Wildcats were not down, and within minutes, were not out either. The offense fought for every possession behind a strong defense and a stellar game by the sophomore goalie sensation Shane Brennan. “For a sophomore to be out there taking shot after shot from Northport’s best, and handling it with such poise and incredible field presence, it was unbelievable,” said Varsity Head Coach Bob Howell.

But Northport answered back and the final 6 minutes of the 4th period had a lead change several times and the fans standing and encouraging their teams. Liam Brennan, Long Island’s top scorer, made a crucial goal with 1:03 left in the game to bring it back to a tie. Once again the Wildcat defense stiffened and shut down the high-powered Tigers. The defense was credited with causing several key turnovers, one in particular by Long Pole Specialist Alex Keane, came late in the 4th period with only 28 seconds left in the game.  Patric Harrington took the Keane clear and unleashed an underhanded rocket that gave his team the edge they needed to pull out the win

“These kids have worked so hard to get to where they are today, I couldn’t be more proud of them in how they played,” said Coach Howell.  “The whole team really stepped up and never quit, and beat a great team.”

Wildcat scoring came from all fronts: Liam Brennan- 3 goals and 1 assist; Patric Harrington- 2 goals and 1 assist; Alex Keane- 3 assists; Scott Manning- 2 goals and 1 assist; Matt Stockfeder- 2 goals; Jaron Batts- 1 goal and 1 assist; Ryan Wolff- 1 goal; and senior defenseman Sam Esposito added a goal. Shane Brennan is credited with 16 quality saves.