Garden City Wins 122nd Woodstick Classic

Varsity high school boys lacrosse team beats long-time rival Manhasset, 9-3.

The No. 1 nationally ranked Garden City Trojans continued their season-long dominance with a sparkling 9-3 victory over the Manhasset Indians Saturday night to keep their record spotless at 13-0.

It wasn't just a match-up of two powerhouse lacrosse programs though. Saturday evening's game was the 122nd playing of the Woodstick Classic, the nation's longest contininously played high school rivalry.

The annual tradition brings together the two lacrosse-crazy communities of Garden City and Manhasset to celebrate the sport, beginning with a youth boys clinic in the morning and then an alumni all-star charity game in the afternoon featuring Major League Lacrosse player Tim "Monster" Goettelman.

Manhasset won the alumni game for the second year in row, but the night belonged to Coach Steve Finnell's boys, who just seemed to have too much fire power for the Indians to handle. 

Jumping out to a quick lead with three goals in the first period followed up with three more unanswered goals in second for a 6-0 halftime lead, the Trojans were in control.

There was a moment in the half though when it looked like Garden City's goalie, Dan Marino, might not have been able to finish out the game. Manhasset defender Bobby Duvnjak made a strong run at the cage and collided with Marino. Marino was helped off the field, checked out by the training staff but had his right ankle taped so he could return for the second half. 

Garden City was led by Justin Guterding's two goals and two assists, Rob Savage chipping in with two goals and an assist and Patric Berkery scoring two goals.  Also hitting the net for a goal apiece were Liam Kennedy, Ryan Norton and Cody George.

The defense stood tall with goalie Dan Marino making seven saves and stalwart defenders Eddie Blatz and Eugene Berkery keeping the lanes clear and picking up the loose ground balls.

The Classic, and the many activities surrounding the High School field on Saturday, was hosted by The Garden City Men's Association. The day also took on a Patriotic theme as the TMA worked with the Wounded Warrior Project and the Folds of Honor to enhance the day. Goettelman's charity, "Monster's Kids," also raised funds for Cohen Children's Hospital.

Look for more photos from the Classic later this week on Patch.


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