California dreaming: Dalers down Mountain View
Remember that 0-2 start Farmingdale’s boys lacrosse team got off to?
Well look into the rear-view mirror and watch it sail off into the distance.
Farmingdale, the defending New York State Class ‘A’ boys lacrosse champions, built off the strength of hat tricks from both Travis Wahl and Joe Woodland to capture its fourth straight win by downing California’s Mountain View High School, 13-4.
It was a special evening at Farmingdale’s Allen Park as Mountain View High School’s boys lacrosse team – a team in only its fourth year of existence -- traveled 2,978 miles cross-country to play in a two-game Long Island series and wanted to get a sense of how Long Island plays its lacrosse.
“It’s great playing a team out from the west coast,” Woodland said of playing the Bay Area-squad. “There’s no rivalry there, but it’s just a good game to get together and hone each others skills.”
Wahl echoed the feelings of his teammate.
“It’s an honor to play for a program to be considered (a model Long Island team,)” Wahl said. “It’s great for them to come out and it was a great experience.”
Once the uniqueness of the special non-league contest wore off, it was down to business.
The tilt had a feeling like it was going to be a low-scoring affair as both teams remained scoreless for most of the first quarter in an effort to size each other up and get situation with both squads style of play.
That’s just what Farmingdale wanted, it seemed. Because next thing Mountain View knew they were looking at a 4-0 deficit.
Wahl helped Farmingdale get going quickly. With the Dalers already up a goal nine minutes in, Wahl uncorked a laser beam from ten yards out to give his team a 2-0 lead with 3:11 left in the first quarter. Forty-six seconds later, Vinny Calandra streaked down the center of the field and fired a shot that Mountain View goaltender Pierce Philp couldn’t hold on to and squeaked across the goal line for a three-goal lead.
Just before the buzzer sounded to end the first quarter, long-pole defenseman Tyler Ward got into the act by taking a pass form behind the net and bouncing one past Philp for a 4-0 lead with 0.7 ticks left on the clock.
As the second quarter got under way, it would be Mountain View striking first this time as Austin Silver got the Spartans on the board, bouncing one in from 15 yards away to cut the deficit to 4-1.
Wahl would get that four-goal lead right back with his second of the game just over three minutes later, bouncing one in from 15 yards out past Phelps for a 5-1 lead. He would get his hat trick in a huge four-goal, third quarter for the Dalers.
“We made a lot of changes for this game, it seemed like it worked well,” Wahl said. “I thought we all played a great game.”
Unlike Wahl, who got off to an early start in the first quarter, Woodland would start his night off in the third frame, scoring two goals in two and a half minutes. The latter came off a pretty play in which he and Wahl connected on an unsettled two-on-one rush for the quick-stick goal.
Woodland would complete the hat-trick with the outcome all but decided midway through the fourth quarter on a man-up situation as the Dalers would find themselves on the winning end of its fourth straight.
For Woodland however, the work doesn’t stop.
“We still have a lot of work to do, but we are getting better day-by-day. Hopefully we’ll keep getting better to reach the playoffs.”