COMMACK, New York, April 30
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
Michael Ambrosino and Mike Paccione combined for 10 points to help give the Commack Cougars their second win in a row on Monday with a 12-9 non-league triumph over West Babylon (1-8).
For Ambrosino and Paccione – two of Commack’s point leaders along with Kevin Snyder – the duo played a part in all but two of the Cougars’ goals against West Babylon.
Ambrosino, an attacker, scored 3 goals and added 2 assists for the Cougars (4-5) to bring his season points total to 39 as of press time on Tuesday. The senior has now scored at least one goal in five of Commack’s last six games – and he’s recorded at least a point in all but one game this season.
Paccione, another attacker, scored 2 goals and added 3 assists against West Babylon. The sophomore is second only to Snyder on Commack’s list of scoring leaders with 21 this season – Snyder has 23.
The duo of goaltenders Sean McNierney and Alexander Targe minded the cage for Commack and recorded 15 saves.
For the Cougars, the win came in non-league play but marked their second-straight victory. They previously edged William Floyd on Saturday by a score of 14-12 in a League I showdown.
Ambrosino once again played a major part in that win with 4 goals and 4 assists, but Thomas Dugan, a junior middie, and Bobby Abshire, a freshman middie, backed up the senior with 3 points each. McNierney and Targe once again minded the net with a combination of 11 saves.
With that win, Commack kept itself in the mix of teams in League I and, in turn, poised for a 2015 Section XI Division I playoff spot. The league altered its playoff qualifications this year so that any team with a record of .500 or better advances to the postseason. With three games left to play as of Tuesday, the Cougars needed two more wins to clinch.
The campaign began on Wednesday with a visit from Longwood (2-6). Depending on that result, the Cougars could clinch with a win next week over Patchogue-Medford (1-7), which is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on May 6 at Commack High School; or a win over Ward Melville (6-2), which is scheduled for 10 a.m. on May 9 at Ward Melville High School.
Originally published: Long Islander News: The Record
(Thursday, April 30, 2015; A30)