With an air of nonchalance and a gait that's more glide than sprint, Jake Froccaro was in control. The Port Washington senior scored six goals and added an assist and rarely did it appear that he was moving at full speed.
"It's something I've always done. I pick my spots and I like to change speeds on my dodge," Froccaro said after leading the host Vikings to a 13-8 victory over Farmingdale Tuesday in a Nassau Conference I-A game. "I read and react."
So if, for instance, he senses that the player defending him is shielding the goalie, Frocarro will fire a no-look shot, as he did late in the first quarter to tie it at 3.
"I let my defender be the screen and I lulled the goalie to sleep," the Princeton-bound Froccaro said.
If he is running left and sensing the goalie will guard the left pipe, Froccaro will launch a laser to the upper right corner, as he did in the second quarter to provide a 4-3 lead.
If he takes a pass at midfield and casually glides from left to right, seemingly looking for a cutter but actually looking for the net, Froccaro will blast a low hard one, as he did to create a 10-6 advantage early in the fourth quarter.
"It's a mind game between the shooter and the goalie," he said.
And even when he's not actually looking to score but rather kill the clock, as he was later in the final period with the Vikings ahead 11-8, Froccaro is dangerous.
"Coach said to run some clock, but no one picked me up," he said of his only assist on a backdoor cut. "I made the pass to Jon [Obadia] and he made a great finish."
Froccaro's performance allowed Port Washington to beat defending state Class A champion Farmingdale for the first time in his four-year varsity career.
"Jake has a very high lacrosse IQ," Port Washington's first-year coach Tom Rooney said. "He sizes up his defender and sees the way he's being played before he makes his move. He's never in a rush."
His shots, however, were a blur.