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Wednesday, May 30, 2018: Islip, Cold Spring Harbor score late to win

   Leading off today: Mike Bienkowski scored with 5.6 seconds remaining in Tuesday's Section 11 boys Class C lacrosse title game, giving Islip a dramatic 6-5 victory over Mount Sinai, the state's top-ranked team.

   Bienkowski made his winning move beginning with just under 10 seconds to go, sprinting from behind the cage, spinning to his left and letting it fly.

   "We were trying to tire them out and lull them to sleep where if I dodge and someone isn't paying attention, they can cut," said Bienkowski, who had two goals and an assist. "It just worked out and we scored."

   Islip will face Cold Spring Harbor in the Long Island Class C championship game and NYSPHSAA quarterfinal on Saturday.

   Cold Spring Harbor's 10-9 victory over Wantagh was nearly as dramatic. Aris Goldschmidts scored his fifth goal of the game with :43.6 left in the Section 8 final.

   Kevin Winkoff picked up his fifth assist of the contest on the decisive goal for the three-time defending NYSPHSAA champions.

   "We were looking for Aris. He was hot all day," Winkoff said. "The whole team was calling for him to get it. He stepped in from 15 yards."

   Nick Teresky scored four goals for Wantagh, which built a 6-2 lead with 3:56 left in the third quarter before the Seahawks responded by scoring three goals in 2:43 to cut the deficit to one entering the fourth.

   The lead was 8-6 before CSH scored the next three to take the lead with 3:54 left. Wantagh's Thomas Van Bargen squared the game at 9-9 with 2:26 left.

   More L.I. lacrosse: Trevor Yeboah-Kodie and Kyle Steinbach scored three goals each as Garden City rolled past rival Garden City 15-5 for the Section 8 Class B championship.

   Manhasset had won the regular-season meeting by a 7-4 margin.

   "We figured out their zone," Trojans coach Steve Finnell said. "We think we have a lot of depth on offense and it showed tonight."

    • Goalie Mike Venezia turned aside 11 shots as Massapequa defeated Syosset 7-2 for the Section 8 Class A championship.

   Timmy Ley scored twice and Garrett Gibbons and Logan Tucker each contributed a goal and an assist.


   More boys lacrosse: John Jay Cross River won its first Section 1 title since 2010 by knocking off Section 1 Class B gold standard Yorktown 10-8.

   The Indians had ended an eight-year losing streak against the defending champs back on April 6.

   "They're the best program in the history of the section, so to beat them is really special," John Jay coach Tim Schurr said. "Their kids never give up and our kids today, they left it on the field."

   Indians goalkeeper Shahe Katchadurian made 13 saves and John Jay took charge early by scoring the only three goals of the first quarter.


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  •     • George Dunhill's overtime goal gave Pelham a 9-8 win over Rye in the Section 1 Class C title game.

       The Pelicans scored three times in the last 2:25 of regulation on their way to their first championship. Devin Alvarez-O'Rourke took a Grey Allen feed to tie the score with 1:38 to go.

        • Penfield avenged a regular-season loss by defeating Fairport 9-8 for the Section 5 Class A championship.

       Penfield scored three times in a span of 32 seconds in the first quarter on its way to a 4-1 lead and was ahead 9-5 before a furious Red Raiders rally.

       CHSAA title game: Will Kusnierek, Patrick Kavanagh and Jake Sexton had hat tricks as host Chaminade rolled past Buffalo St. Joe's 19-5 for its first state championship.

       Chaminade won 22 of 27 faceoffs, the majority taken by game MVP Tyler Sandoval.

       The Flyers outscored St. Joe's 7-0 in the third quarter and 11-1 in the second half.

       "As we started racking up more goals, the confidence level as a team went up,” Sandoval said.

       Seven in a row: Honeoye Falls-Lima captured its seventh straight Section 5 Class C crown with a 20-7 rout of Geneva.

       Senior midfielder Payton Reed and junior Eliza Wild each had four goals to lead the Cougars, whose 6-12 record was deceptive because the regular-season schedule consisted almost exclusively of Class A and B opponents.

       "We're a very good six-win lacrosse team. We had five or six games that could have gone either way,” coach Kevin O'Connell said.

       Geneva pulled to within 8-5 with 1:28 left in the half, but the Cougars countered with a pair of goals 11 seconds apart, then Jill Sullivan and Wild connected in the first 2:30 after the intermission.

       More girls lacrosse: Sophomore Katie Lederman netted the game-winner in overtime for her fourth goal of the night as Brighton edged Spencerport 10-9 in the Section 5 Class B final.

       "When we got to the end of regulation, I didn't really need to say anything as motivation," Brighton coach Rich Curtis said. "The girls already had their minds made up they were going to win."

        • Grace Britton and Olivia Penoyer each scored twice and Syracuse CBA played smothering defense during a 6-4 victory against West Genesee in the Section 3 Class A title game. It was CBA's third straight championship.

       CBA broke to a 5-0 lead in the first half en route to avenging a 9-5 loss during the regular season.

       More later: I'll post a second blog later Wednesday with highlights from baseball, softball and whatever else I run across.

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