Their big moment was delayed but the wait was well worth it for the Garden City boys lacrosse players and coaches.
Just 21 hours after Tuesday night’s scheduled Nassau County Class B boys lacrosse championship between Garden City and Wantagh was postponed by lightning, the Trojans (19-0) showed why they are the nation’s number one ranked team with a dominating 14-1 win against the third-seeded Warriors (15-4).
The championship game win at Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium is Garden City’s seventh straight Nassau County title and sends the Trojans to the Long Island Class B finals this Saturday. The excitement of winning a county title never gets old for Garden City head coach Steve Finnell.
"It's an unbelievable feeling," he said.
"We took the right shots at the right time," said Garden City senior attackman Liam Kennedy, who led Trojan scoring with three goals and one assist. "To hold a team like [Wantagh] to one goal, I give our defense a ton of credit."
Garden City's high powered offense was led by Kennedy as well as three goals from Justin Guterding and two tallies by Ryan Norton, Cody George and Rob Savage.
Wantagh was hanging with Garden City for most of the first quarter, trailing only 1-0, until late goals by Rob Savage with 14 seconds left and James Sullivan off the faceoff five seconds later gave the Trojans a 3-0 lead.
The Trojans were then off and running, jumping out to a 7-0 lead at halftime and increasing their lead to 13-0 lead before Wantagh's Matt Balzano scored with 4:37 left in the game to avoid the shutout.
Garden City will face the winner of Wednesday night's Suffolk County Class B title game between Comsewogue and Sayville for the chance at a Long Island championship this Saturday back at Hofstra starting at 6 p.m.
Check back later for postgame reaction and additional photos.