Cougars Rattle Off Four Straight For Playoffs

COMMACK, New York, May 14

BY: Andrew Wroblewski

After suffering a tough loss to Bay Shore on April 22, the Cougars of Commack’s boys lacrosse team found themselves in troubling situation. With four games left to play in the League I season, the boys needed to win three games in order to secure a 2015 playoff spot.

Michael Gomes, left,  a junior for Commack, is on the attack for the Cougars in a game against Brentwood.
Michael Gomes, left, a junior for Commack, is on the attack for the Cougars in a game against Brentwood.

First came a trip to William Floyd; the Cougars prevailed 14-12. Then Longwood; a Commack win, 10-4. Finally, the boys welcomed Patchogue-Medford on May 6 with an opportunity to clinch the program’s first postseason berth in, at least, its last four seasons.

Kevin Snyder, a sophomore middie, led Commack with a game-high 4 goals as the Cougars triumphed 11-6, securing their spot in playoff play.

Commack (6-6) came out firing in the first half as they outscored the Raiders 5-1. With the lead in hand, goaltenders Alex Targe and Sean McNierney combined to make 9 saves.

On offense, Snyder was aided by Mike Ambrosino’s 3 goals. Elsewhere, Tom Dugan, Joe Elarde and Steven Hildebrandt combined for 6 points while Tom Mangeri and Mike Paccione each contributed 1 point of their own.

Successfully winning when they had to, the Cougars now prepare for the 2015 Division I playoffs, which are tentatively set to begin on Friday.

Finishing in a tie for seventh with Middle Country in League I’s final standings, the Cougars will most likely be on the road for their first playoff game when Section XI ultimately releases the 2015 bracket; check in online at http://www.sectionxi.org.

Wherever the Cougars do ultimately land, however, it’s clear that its top contributors from the regular season will play a crucial role in a sustained run through the playoffs.

Ambrosino, a senior attacker, finished League I play tied with Snyder as the Cougars’ leading points producers; both finished with 30 points. Ambrosino, however, accrued his 30 points on 15 goals and 15 assists – he led the team in assists – while Snyder produced 21 goals and 9 assists – he led the team in goals.

Elsewhere, Paccione had a productive sophomore season as an attacker who contributed 21 points this League I season; he scored 16 goals and recorded 5 assists. Mangeri managed 18 points with 14 goals and 4 assists; Elarde had 16 points with 9 goals and 7 assists.

Originally published: Long Islander News: The Record
(Thursday, May 14, 2015;  A31)

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