Categories: clam_chatter Date: Aug 7, 2009 Title: LITTLENECKS WIN L.I. TOMAHAWKS TOURNAMENTLittlenecks crash Long Island party.
A friendly gathering of Long Island U15 teams needed a fourth to play this past weekend in Hicksville, New York. As that fourth came from Massachusetts, they might not have anticipated what that team, the Top Gun Littlenecks, would bring to the party. Four consecutive wins, and a championship.
The "Necks" showed they came to play right out of the blocks with a convincing 7-2 win over the Long Island HAVOC. Tyler Bogart (Newton), led the way with three assists, while Andrew O'Connell (Middleton) and Shaun O'Hare (Tyngsboro) each netted two goals.
Next up was the Rough Riders of Oyster Bay. The 11-4 Littleneck win showed anyone who doubted it... the Littlenecks came to play. Shaun O'Hare topped all scorers with three goals and one assists.
With a spot in the championship game assured, and temperatures climbing on the turf field where the next game was to be played, coaches O'Brien, Walker, Serafini, and Lenehan briefly considered "coasting" to save something for the "Big Game".
But this team was on an emotional high after a roller coaster summer tour. The decision to go for the win was easy. But the game wasn't.
After openning a 5-3 halftime lead, the Littlenecks say the Long Island Lighthouse storm back to close the gap to one goal with time running out.
A save by goalie Kevin Lally on a point black shot at the whistle preseved the win. Machael Falzarano and Jackson Patrican provided inspired defense, while Shaun O'Hare again led the scoring with two goals (including the game winner) and an assist.
After some drama at the command tent (two Long Island coaches fighting for a second shot at the 'Necks), a tie-breaker decided it owuld be the Lighthouse.
Now everyone knows it's difficult to beat a tough team twice. But the 'Necks' new found confidence left all of them counting down the minutes to game time.
When it arrived, the Top Gun Littlenecks exploded to a 7-3 halftime lead. And they never looked back. The final: Littlenecks 11, Lighthouse 7. This time the diminutive Tyler Bogart (4 goals) joined Shaun O'Hare (3 goals, 1 assist) as the scoring leaders. Foster LeBoeuf (Beverly), Nick DeSisto (Canton), and Jory Makin (Wenham) each added a goal with Nick putting up an assist as well.
Does this performance in a major lacrosse hotbed mean our mission is accomplished? Not yet. But are these Littlenecks well on their way? Absolutely!
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