CICERO, N.Y. – senior Korey Hendrickson dodged a defender and scored the game-winning goal – his fourth of the contest – 42 seconds into overtime to give the Farmingdale boys lacrosse team a 12-11 victory over Ithaca in the state Class A title game at Cicero-North Syracuse High School on Saturday.
The goal followed an overtime that was won by Ithaca, but turned over behind the Farmingdale cage 30 seconds into the period. Farmingdale (17-4) stormed ahead on the ensuing possession with a great clearing pass by senior Mike Palmer to a wide-open Sal Tuttle. The senior hit the pipe, but the ground ball was picked by senior Patrick Starke, who quickly passed it off to Hendrickson near the cage.
“Moving the ball right away,” said Hendrickson, was the key part of the game-winning play.
Hendrickson was named the Offensive MVP for the game.
Unlike their fast start in the , Farmingdale looked sluggish at the start. Ithaca dominated the first half, jumping out to a 4-1 lead 8:37 into the game.
However, Farmingdale would come back, scoring three games in a span of 4:46 in the second quarter to tiethe score at 6. The Dalers were heavily assisted by Palmer’s eight first half saves and senior Defensive MVP Joe Ostrander, who caused two turnovers and three grounds, which kept the score tied going into the locker room.
Farmingdale would take their first lead of the day 43 seconds into the second half, when senior Brian Prendergast, who had two goals and an assist, took the pass from Hendrickson to give the Dalers a 7-6 lead.
Ithaca senior midfielder Riley Lasda tied the game on four different occasions in thesecond half, the last being a tying goal with 42 seconds left in regulation to even the score at 11.
Lasda led the Little Red (18-2) with four goals, two assists and was 9-for-14 on faceoff wins. Senior midfielderJoe Bucci tallied four goals on 11 shots.
For the Dalers, it is the first boys lacrosse state championship in school history. It is also the first state title and 654th career victory in legendary Head Coach Bob Hartranft’s 43-year career, all with Farmingdale.
“Our mission was to win it for coach,” Hendrickson said. “He has been doing it [coaching] for solong, it was great time to get him one.”
Along with Farmingdale’s state championship, the Dalers have won 13 Nassau County championships and three Long Island titles. The Dalers become the first state Class A champion to come out of Nassau County (Section VIII) since Garden City defeated Fairport, 14-6, in 1986.Teams 1 2 3 4 OT F Farmingdale 3 3 3 2 1 12 Ithaca 5 1 3 2 0 11
Goals – F: Hendrickson 4, Perettine 4, Prendergast 2, Starke 2; I: R. Lasda 4, Bucci 4, Ciferri 1, Romantic 1, E. Lasda 1. Saves – F: Palmer 11; I: Yavitt 9.