Garden City beats Syosset 10-5 in season opener

The Garden City Trojans boys lacrosse team started out their 2010 campaign with a solid 10-5 victory over the Syosset Braves Wednesday. Starting the season on their home turf, Garden City took charge of the game, lost control, then came back swinging again.

Led by a dynamic duo in sophomore Devin Dwyer, who tallied five assists in the game, and junior Tom Gordon, Garden City came out hot to take a 3-1 first quarter lead. Garden City looked set to take the second quarter, too, when Dwyer hit senior Matt Montgomery 20 seconds into the period. With just over five minutes in the half, Garden City held a 5-2 lead.

Syosset, however, was not going down without a fight. Senior John Sullivan led a quick two goal rally, assisting to Justin Feit on one goal, then scoring a goal for himself 30 seconds later to cut the deficit 5-4. Alex Castronovo, senior goalie for Garden City, referenced the end of the half when he said after the game: “we played well, but we got to clean up on clearing.”

Although Syosset went into the half on a huge boost of momentum, Garden City was determined to put the game out of reach.

Using a quick offensive attack, Garden City came out of the halftime firing on all cylinders. Gordon netted two goals, one being his third assist on the day from Dwyer, and sophomore Rob Savage scored one in between Gordon’s to take a 8-4 lead.

After being tested throughout the first half, Castronovo summed it up by saying “the offense started putting in work.”

Sophomore Ryan Hunter tried to get Syosset back in the game with about five minutes left. Driving down the middle of the field, Hunter split the Garden City defense to bury a shot past Castronovo.

This time, however, Garden City was not going to let Syosset back in.

Gordon connected on another pass from Dwyer just in front of the net to push the score to 9-5, and senior Dan Losardo finished up the scoring with 30 seconds left in the period to give Garden City a 10-5 lead.

The fourth quarter became a game of possession, as Garden City finally slowed their pace down to maintain the lead. Even without a fourth-quarter goal, Castronovo was more than happy with the second half.

“We had to work on possessing the ball and clearing,” he said.

Garden City returns to action on April 3 with a showdown at Smithtown West.

“We have 10 days till the next game, 10 days to get it together,” Castronovo said.