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On This Day In History | 1996

May 28, 2018
B Lacrosse 1996

The ’96 boys’ lacrosse squad

On this day 22 years ago, the boys’ lacrosse team earned a berth in their third consecutive Suffolk County Championship with a 12-7 win over Rocky Point. Here is the recap from Tom Rock of Newsday.

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Stony Brook Returns to Final

To beat the two-time defending champions, you have to put together a perfect game. Rocky Point came within five minutes of doing so before falling to Stony Brook, 12-7, in yesterday’s county Class B boys lacrosse semifinal at Brentwood.

“We just did some dumb things and made some mental mistakes in the last few minutes,” Rocky Point coach Mike Bowler said. “But they’re a good team that played smart. They deserved to win.”

The ball seemed to be bouncing Rocky Point’s way in the first half, especially on the play with 14 seconds left in the second quarter. Defenseman Rio Roman cleared the ball the length of the field, and it bounced over Stony Brook goalie Derek Kenney’s head to tie the score at 4. Kenny Monz scored two of his three goals in the first quarter as the Eagles (12-5, 10-5) took a 2-0 lead.

“This is traditionally the hardest game for us,” Stony Brook coach David Castle said, explaining that the players take exams every year on the day of the semifinal. “It usually takes us until the fourth quarter to get into the game. By the end of the third, I thought we were running well.”

And scoring well. James Miaritis scored on an assist from Spencer Niebuhr with 4:06 remaining in the fourth to give Stony Brook a 7-6 lead. Thirty seconds later, Miaritis scored again, this time from David Metz, to increase the lead.

“Once you get down two or three goals in the fourth quarter, you start to gamble,” Bowler said. “Good teams put you out of your game like that.”

Stony Brook (12-4, 12-2) advances to the final for the third straight year, and will face Comsewogue, the only team in League II to beat the Bears, at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Hofstra. In fact, it did it twice, 7-4 on May 4 and 9-8 on April 17.

“We’re a postseason team, we always have been,” said senior Jake Kenney, who scored three goals. “We’ll turn up the intensity.”

“I think we’re ready for {Comsewogue},” Miaritis said. “We have the experience in championship games. That’s where they lack experience.”

That seems to be the feeling throughout the team. “We’re veterans at this now,” Niebuhr said. “It’ll be all about experience.”

Comsewogue will no doubt be geared up. The past two years, the Warriors have been knocked out of the playoffs in the semifinal round – each time by Stony Brook.

This year, though, there is a difference. “They’re the team to beat,” Castle said.

As for Rocky Point, it can take solace in the fact that all of its five losses have come from Stony Brook and Comsewogue, the two teams in the final.

“It’s frustrating,” Bowler said. “We’ll try again next year.”

After Saturday, either Comsewogue or Stony Brook will be saying the same thing.

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Jake Kenney and Chris Clark each registered a hat trick, Miaritis notched 2 scores, and Liam Banks, Charlie Hanchett, Metz, and Barrett Nixon added one goal each. Derek Kenney made 13 saves in goal.

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