Men’s Lacrosse: Chaminade Defeats Massapequa, 8-5

MASSAPEQUA, NY — Senior attackers Pat Kavanagh and Jake Sexton each netted two goals and goalie Andrew Bonafede recorded six saves to lead Chaminade past Massapequa, 8-5, in high school boys lacrosse at Massapequa on Wednesday.

Massapequa attackers Eamon Hall and Colin Gleason scored two goals apiece, while Michael Venezia made 14 saves.

“Offensively our stick skills weren’t there,” said Massapequa head coach Tim Radomski.  “Stick protection, stick protection, stick protection.”

Chaminade outscored Massapequa, 6-1, in the first half and scored another two goals at the start of the third.  Massapequa went on a 4-0 run to complete the game, scoring three goals in the final nine minutes.

“We challenged them at halftime, and made it a better game in the second half,” said Radomski.  “We’ve gotta play four quarters lacrosse, we can’t just play two against a team like Chaminade.”

After the game, a Massapequa assistant coach was fired-up when he addressed the players. According to Radomski the coach said things are going to change after today, and that the players can’t be satisfied with this loss even though it was a non-league game.

Radomski also said Massapequa struggled to follow its “four-second rule” throughout the game. The four-second rule Radomski referred to means that the players must pass the ball within four seconds. “We have to move the ball a lot faster than we showed today,” he added.

Chaminade, ranked number one on Long Island by Newsday, is now 4-0.  Massapequa, ranked third on that same list, is 2-1.

In their previous CSAA matchup, Chaminade defeated Iona 10-2, putting them at 3-0 in league play.

Massapequa won their last non-league matchup against Manhasset 7-6.  They’re yet to play a league game this season.

After the loss, Coach Radomski was still encouraged by his team’s effort. 

“They battled back in the second half, and that’s all we ask them to do,” he said.  “Play hard, and fight the fight.”

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