Days after Manhasset’s varsity girls lacrosse team lost its first game of the year to Wantagh in the Nassau County B final, the Indians’ boys squad topped Mount Sinai in the final seconds to bring the Long Island Class B title home to the North Shore community.
Entering the fourth quarter down 6-3, Manhasset’s Tyler Dunn tied it with 4:02 remaining, setting the stage for a thrilling score by Matt Gavin with 28.9 seconds left for the Indians’ 7-6 win at the State University of New York at Stony Brook’s LaValle Stadium.
The game-winner was Gavin’s second of two fourth-quarter goals. He had a hat trick on the game.
The win put Manhasset (15-5) into the state Class B semifinal match against Yorktown on Wednesday, which was played after this week’s edition of the Manhasset Times went to print.
It was Manhasset’s first Long Island championship since the Indians won back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010, in the Class C division.
Though the girls’ team came to within a 5-4 deficit late in the first half, Wantagh scored three straight in the closing minutes to take a four-goal lead into the second half.
The Indians pulled to within 9-5 headed into the fourth, but Wantagh preserved a 9-6 win and a spot in Saturday’s Long Island Class B final at Adelphi, where it was topped by Eastport-South Manor.
Lindsey Ronbeck led the Indians with three goals and an assist. Alexandra Pidedjian, Erin Barry and Sarah Phillips also had a goal apiece.
Manhasset’s girls team last year won the New York State Class B championship, edging Victor Senior High School 11-7 at the State University of New York at Cortland.
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