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Posted Friday, May 02, 2014 by Jim Konen

Smithtown West lacrosse beats Hauppauge, still undefeated

Smithtown West's Ryan Keenan, with the ball, heads around a Hauppauge player. Photo by Bill Landon

April 30, 2014 | 03:10 PM
The unbeaten Smithtown West Bulls looked to continue their winning ways Friday afternoon, but had their hands full with Hauppauge, when the Eagles tied the game at three goals each early in the third quarter. Smithtown West showed why they're undefeated, and their defense shut the door while the offense added six unanswered goals to win 9-3.

Smithtown West's senior defender Nick Albanese went the distance, scoring first at the 7:05 mark for a 1-0 lead. Three minutes later, the Eagles answered back when senior midfielder C.J. Ciserano's shot found its mark to tie the score.

In the final minute of the quarter Smithtown West's senior attack Ryan Keenan scored unassisted to retake the lead 2-1.

Hauppauge clearly controlled the time of possession early in the game, but had difficulty finding clear lanes to the cage.

Smithtown West's senior midfielder Christian Zawadzki flicked one to Keenan on the cut, who unleashed a shot to take a 3-1 lead with 8:35 left in the half.

Smithtown West's Nick Albanese tries to stop Hauppauge's Justin Zelen from making a play. Photo by Bill Landon
Two minutes later, Hauppauge junior attack Kyle Silverstein scored off a feed from junior attack Danny Murphy, to draw within a point, 3-2.

With time running out, Hauppauge swarmed the net — firing shot after shot — desperately trying to tie the game before the half, only to have Smithtown West's senior goalie Matt Smidt come up with save after save to end the half leading 3-2.

"We had our chances and we played so hard — no regrets — we played our tails off today," Hauppauge head coach Jim Konen said. "I felt like their goalie stole a bunch from us today."

Hauppauge's senior midfielder Justin Zelen made it a new game with just over two minutes left in the third to tie the game 3-3.

"Year to year they're just a great program and we knew what we were coming into," said Zelen, a four-year varsity player. "We just fell a little short today."

The Bulls ramped up their defense for the final 12 minutes of play, and prevented Hauppauge from scoring again.

"When it was 3-3 we knew our defense had to step it up in the second half, and we were able to do that," Keenan said. "It was a great effort by our defense in the second half to hold them scoreless."

Keenan's shot found the back of the cage for his hat trick to take the lead for good. A minute later, Keenan fed senior attack Matt Holdberg, who buried his shot to take a 5-3 lead.

Smithtown West freshman attack Jimmy Caddigan scored his first goal of the game off an assist from senior defenseman Kyle Mathie, to stretch their lead, 6-3.

Holdberg and Caddigan each added another goal with less than four minutes remaining.

"They came in and played us hard in the first half," Caddigan said. "In the second half we stepped it up, especially our defense, and that was the difference."

With 31 seconds left, Zawadzki found the back of the cage for his second goal, to put the game away 9-3.

"For us, being the smallest big school in the league, facing Smithtown West, the No. 3 team in the country, we'll hold our heads high," Konen said.

With the win, Smithtown West improved to 11-0 overall with an 9-0 mark in Division I play, while Hauppauge fell to 7-4 overall with a 5-4 division record.

"There's no doubt about it, you know you're going to get everyone's A game and we have to get up for every single game," Smithtown West head coach Bob Moltisanti said. "They did a nice job, they're well coached and we got what we expected, a very good game from Hauppauge."

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