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Posted Monday, April 21, 2014 by Jim Konen

Hauppauge Eagles soar over Middle Country in boys lacrosse matchup


 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Eagles' Justin Zelen heads across the field to set up a play at the cage. Photo by Desirée Keegan

 
April 16, 2014 | 03:06 PM
The Hauppauge Eagles boys lacrosse team put up a resilient performance against the Middle Country Mad Dogs in a Division I matchup Friday evening, where visiting Hauppauge packed on the punches toward a 14-5 victory.

"We have a bunch of guys injured right now — we have three starters sitting out — so the guys that filled their spots really stepped up," Hauppauge head coach James Konen said. "And I thought we moved the ball really well."

Hauppauge junior attack Danny Murphy was stellar for the Eagles, coming out firing on all cylinders and contributing to more than half of the final score, netting four goals and backing four more with assists.

"I think I had a good day but I owe it all to my teammates for all of their assists and they finished the balls that I assisted, so it's all because of them," Murphy said.

The Eagles' offense was domineering, scoring four goals in the first quarter to the Mad Dogs' one, and scoring four more in the second while their opposition recorded none.

"I have no words for this game," Middle County junior attack Zach Harned said. "We didn't execute as we would have liked. We had many looks, but we threw it right to the goalie's stick — we should've finished a lot more of them."

While Middle Country was able to finally break through Hauppauge's defense and score three goals in the third, the Eagles put up another four to maintain a strong 12-4 lead.

 
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Above, Billy Kopsky passes the ball across the field. Photo by Desirée Keegan
 
"We've got to work harder — pull it together," senior midfielder Dylan Harned, Zach Harned's older brother, said. "We're not always in the right spots or doing the right things, we make mistakes, but we'll work hard every day and get this going the right way."

The senior midfielder said his team needs to work on ground balls, making the right passes and not throwing the ball away. He also said the team's defense needs to work on communicating.

His younger brother thinks the team needs to work on its momentum, because he doesn't want the team to go defeated the entire season, as they're still looking for their first win with an 0-8 overall record (0-6 in Division I).

"We get down on ourselves and we stay down," Zach Harned said. "If we fall down we've got to get back up stronger."

He scored two unassisted goals in the loss, while his older brother, as well as senior midfielder Brendan Canevari, each added a goal. Senior goalkeeper Andrew Heinlein made seven saves for his team while sophomore goalkeeper Christian Brody made two.

For the Eagles though, the team doesn't have much to improve upon with a 6-1 overall record and 5-1 mark in Division I play.

"We'd like to be division champs," Konen said. "We have to be in the top six and I know we're close. I think we're going in the right direction."

The team's only loss was to powerhouse Ward Melville, the reigning state champions and nationally ranked team, so the head coach said they're all in high spirits, having a lot of fun an enjoying their success thus far.

Six other players contributed to Hauppauge's win, including junior attack Kyle Silverstein, who scored a hat trick and added an assist. Junior goalkeepers Alex Donnarumma and Jonathan Castro made 10 and five saves, respectively.

"We started a little slow but once we moved the ball we did what we wanted to do," Hauppauge's Murphy said, as the team scored its first goal almost four minutes into the game, and their second didn't come until more than five minutes later.

The junior attack was happy with his team's ball movement though, adding that's something they've been working on.

"Almost all of our goals were assisted and we take pride in that," he said.

Murphy said his team has it in them to beat Ward Melville, adding that if they work on clearing, which has been an issue, they can be stiff competition.

"For me the sky's the limit," Murphy said. "I think we definitely could beat Ward Melville if we see them in the playoffs. I think we could go to counties, definitely even win it. There's no limit for this team."

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