Garden City Trojans 2013 Boys Varsity Lacrosse team photos
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The Garden City Trojans 2013 Boys varsity lacrosse team photo, individual photos, captains, seniors, juniors, sophomores, freshman and other group photos taken on May 18th 2013 at Garden City High School. The team won the New York State Championship after defeating Jamesville DeWitt by a score of 13-8.
Following is an article written by Jake White: The scene on Seventh Street last Saturday night was something out of small town America. Close your eyes and it was “It’s A Wonderful Life” or “Hoosiers.” Hundreds of men, women and children lined the street to welcome home the bus carrying Garden City High’s boys lacrosse team, fresh from its 13-8 triumph over Jamesville- DeWitt in the New York State Class B Championship at St. John Fisher College in Rochester. The seven hour bus ride was worth every minute as the crowd cheered and chanted and kids treated the high schoolers as returning heroes.
It was the second straight state crown for the Trojans (19-3) and the sixth all-time, but this one had a special feeling. As Head Coach Steve Finnell said, “This was the team people said couldn’t, wouldn’t, shouldn’t make it back to the finals. But here we are.” A year ago the undefeated GC team was so good that they were virtually expected to go all the way. This year with a veteran defense but a rebuilt offense, expectations were different. After ten games the team was 7-3, although the losses were to top teams. Then, just as the Long Island Champion Trojan football team did last fall, they simply refused to lose. Twelve straight victories followed, including wins over Long Beach, Shoreham-Wading River, Manhasset and Miller Place, then last week a thrilling 10-9 win over previously undefeated Niskayuna (20-1) in the semifinals and the big win over J-D (20- 2), the highest scoring team in the state.
“This feels amazing. Our team chemistry just kept getting better and better,” said junior Cody George, who scored five goals in the final and was voted Offensive M.V.P. Defensive M.V.P. went to midfielder James Sullivan who won 18 of 25 faceoffs to provide GC with the best defense of all - possession. Sullivan made a big contributuion to the offense, too, as the Trojans broke open a 3-3 halftime tie with eight third quarter goals. Seven came in a row as George (4), Jack Worstell (2), Lucas Clay and Eddie Blatz hit the net, three of them coming off assists by Justin Guterding. Because Sullivan won every faceoff, Jamesville-DeWitt didn’t have the ball for seven minutes.
Keeping the ball away from J-D was the way to go. The Syracuse area school featured two attackman with remarkable numbers. Jordan Evans had 180 points (80 goals, 100 assists) and Griffin Feiner had 95 goals. The Trojan defense held them to just a goal apiece. “Guarding Evans was a two man job,” said Finnell. “We have two great defensemen in Ed Blatz and Scott D’Antonio and they did the job.” When J-D did get off shots, goalie Dan Dolan came up big with seven saves. GC trailed 2-0 after one quarter and the partisan (okay, hostile) crowd was looking for another blowout. They got one, but it was the team in maroon that got to celebrate.
In the semifinals at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, Garden City and Niskayuna played what may have been the most exciting game of the playoffs. The Trojans surprised the Warriors by scoring the first five goals, the first two by George five seconds apart. It was 5- 0 after a quarter but Niskayuna came back in the second period with five straight. From that point, the teams traded blows in what amounted to a championship fight between heavyweights. GC trailed 7-6 and 9-8 before Justin Guterding scored the tying goal on a pass from George with 4:14 left.
With about three minutes remaining, the Trojans got possession. Assistant coach Joe Jacovina had come up with a very interesting stat: Niskayuna had not scored less than 10 goals in a game and Garden City had not allowed more than nine. Now it was 9-9 and something had to give. After a timeout with 11 seconds on the clock, Guterding passed to George, but Cody was covered. He quickly got the ball out to junior Dale Stasco who fired a rocket into the top of the cage with two seconds left to send Garden City back to the final. They couldn’t, they wouldn’t, but they did.
“This second championship is the culmination of a plan. We gave them the toughest schedule we could make and we worked very hard to develop team cohesion that would match our talent. We wanted to play good defense and maximize our possession time,” said Coach Finnell. “These players showed a great work ethic and outstanding character. They got better and better.”
LAX NOTES: Justin Guterding and Ed Blatz were selected as All- Americans. Scott D’Antonio, Cody George, Dan Dolan, James Sullivan and Brian Badgett joined them as All- County. Tom Wright and Kyle Skramko were Honorable Mention and junior Tim McDonough was All- Conference. ..Coach Finnell had special praise for Brian Badgett and Tim McDonagh whose defensive play often goes unheralded ......Jack Worstell played his best lacrosse in the last two games with four goals and two assists..... GC’s only losses were to National Champion Ward Melville, PA Champ LaSalle and rival Manhassetand they avenged that one in the county final. Loyola-Blakefield MD won the MIAA (Baltimore) title after losing to Garden City, 6-5.....Previous Garden City state champions were 1986, 1994, 1997, 2000 and 2012......Praise for the Garden City coaching staff was a theme at the states. In addition to Steve Finnell, the staff includes Dave Ettinger, Joe Jacovina, Bryan “Mugsy” Walker and GC alum, All-American defenseman Mickey Blum.