BOYS LACROSSE: Manhasset repeats as county champs, Port Washington falls just short

BOYS LACROSSE: Manhasset repeats as county champs, Port Washington falls just short
Port Washington's Alex Papagalis (7) was a key reason the Vikings advanced to the Class A county championship game for the second straight year. Photo credit: James Maguire/Skybox Images

Things were very much a repeat of 2022 this spring in the boys lacrosse season here in Nassau County, with two squads again rising above the rest.

The Manhasset boys team, fresh off its state championship win in Class C last year, looked poised to repeat that feat as of press time. The Indians rolled to a 15-1 regular season, then breezed through the Nassau County playoffs before encountering a very tough Wantagh squad in the Nassau championship game at Hofstra.

Manhasset, heavy favorites going in, was up only a goal at halftime and by one single score after three quarters, 8-7.

But led by Jack Peterson’s five goals and strong goalie play by Matthew Im, Manhasset pulled away in the fourth quarter and won yet another county title, its third straight, 15-9.

Then in the Long Island championship game, facing a different opponent this year in Shoreham-Wading River, Manhasset again pulled away for an 11-6 at Stony Brook University.

That sent Manhasset on to the state semifinals in Albany on June 7.

The Port Washington boys were also looking to repeat as county champs, after scoring a big win in Class A title game a year ago.

The Vikings advanced to the championship game but ran into a steamroller in Farmingdale, who won its first title in 12 years, beating Port Washington, 11-3.

Other area boys teams who did well included Roslyn, who qualified for the playoffs but lost a close 11-9 game in the quarterfinals, and North Shore, which also bowed out in the quarters.

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