Posted Friday, June 08, 2007 by .
This time, West Islip didn't wait until the third quarter. And that was critical, because this time, the third quarter didn't go the way it normally does for the Lions.
Rather than making a tight game a blowout in the third as per its norm, West Islip held on for a much closer-than-expected 12-7 win over Yorktown in a state Class A boys lacrosse semifinal Thursday night at Hofstra.
"I don't think we played that smart of a game," West Islip coach Scott Craig said. "We didn't control the situations we should have controlled."
West Islip (21-1) will play West Genesee for the state championship at 4 p.m. Saturday at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.
West Islip defeated West Genesee, 7-6, to win last year's state championship. West Genesse had won four straight championships prior to last season, including a 12-6 win over West Islip in 2004.
In the insidelacrosse.com national poll, West Islip is ranked third and West Genesse is fourth.
Nicky Galasso had four goals and three assists and Justin Turri added two goals and three assists for West Islip. Ed Plompen had two goals.
West Islip opened the game on a 4-0 run with two goals by Turri and a goal and two assists by Galasso.
After Yorktown narrowed the deficit to 4-2 with two goals in a 46-second span, West Islip called timeout and then scored three of the next four goals to take a 7-3 lead on Vinny Galasso's transition goal off his faceoff win with eight seconds left in the half.
Yorktown outplayed West Islip in the third quarter, scoring the first three goals to get within 7-6 with 5:51 left in the third quarter.
West Islip responded with two straight goals to go up 9-6 a minute into the fourth quarter, and then scored three more goals to take a 12-7 lead with 4:30 left.
The relative closeness of the game was surprising.
Though Yorktown (13-10) is a traditional Section I power, it had a difficult season.
It lost to all three Long Island teams it played, including a five-goal loss to Ward Melville.
In contrast, West Islip defeated Ward Melville in the regular season and the playoffs by six and seven goals, respectively.
Nonetheless, West Islip advanced and is one game away from a second straight state title.