By Connor Beach
The Cold Spring Harbor High School boys lacrosse team took Monday its first step towards returning to its fourth consecutive New York State boys lacrosse championship game appearance.
The Seahawks brushed aside the Mustangs of Mineola High School in a lopsided quarterfinal matchup, coming away with a 16-3 victory.
The highflying Seahawks put on a show for the home fans as 10 different players added their name to the scoresheet for Cold Spring Harbor.
The Seahawks got off to an unstoppable start with its high-powered attack scoring seven unanswered goals in the first quarter.
Cold Spring Harbor added an eighth at the start of the second quarter before Mineola got on the scoreboard.
The quick ball movement and crisp passing of Cold Spring Harbor was too much for the Mustangs to handle, and the Seahawks were able to create goals both in transition and during settled six-on-six play.
Led by senior attackmen Kevin Winkoff, who scored four goals in the game, and Aris Goldschmidts, who recorded two goals and an assist, Cold Spring added another five goals to take a 13-1 lead into the locker room at halftime.
With victory all but assured, a more subdued Seahawks team took the field in the second half looking to keep Mineola off the board while staying fresh for what they expect will be a deep playoff run.
The Seahawks’ defense, led by senior long stick midfielder JT Roselle, who scored a goal in the contest, shut out the Mustangs in the third quarter to take a commanding 14-1 lead into the final quarter.
Starting senior goalie Chris Porzelt recorded three saves and shared time in the cage with John Genovese and Brent Greenberg.
Both teams scored twice in the fourth quarter.
A host of Seahawks made their way onto the score sheet, including junior midfielder Danny Striano and Felix McLymont who each scored twice. Seniors Teddy Bentley and Jack Phelan, Will Giarraputo, Skylar Wenger and Pete Licciardi each scored a goal to round out the scoring for Cold Spring Harbor.
The Seahawks are set to travel to Hofstra University this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. to take on fourth-seeded Floral Park in the Nassau Class C semifinals.