By Connor Beach
The Cold Spring Harbor Seahawks needed every ounce of experience they’ve gained across their past three state-championship-winning seasons, and just about every second of game time, to come away Tuesday with the program’s fourth consecutive Nassau Class C boys lacrosse championship.
Facing off against Wantagh, Cold Spring Harbor found itself in a fourth-quarter 9-9 tie with 43 seconds left.
Despite the tense situation, head coach Dennis Bonn said he had faith.
“I felt confident at 9-9,” Bonn said, after the two teams endured three quarters of back-and-forth action, including trading leads in the final minutes of the fourth.
“We were lucky to have the ball at the end, and we happen to take a great shot and we scored,” Bonn added.
The hero for Cold Spring Harbor was senior attackman Aris Goldschmidts, whose five goals included the last-second one that put the Seahawks ahead, 10-9.
Fellow senior attackman Kevin Winkoff was credited with the assist on the final goal – one of his five helpers on the day. He also scored one goal.
Prior to the last-second dramatics, top-seeded Cold Spring Harbor needed to fight back from an early, 6-2 deficit.
Second-seeded Wantagh stymied Cold Spring Harbor’s usually-high flying offense and came away with a 1-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Cold Spring Harbor answered in the second when senior long stick midfielder JT Roselle collected a groundball and took it to the cage himself for a goal.
However, Wantagh ultimately went into halftime with a 3-2 lead.
The Warriors were the better of the two teams out of the locker room, scoring three unanswered goals to take a 6-2 lead in the third.
Bonn said he was a bit nervous at that point in the game, but gave “credit to my kids… they just don’t know how to lose.”
Senior Teddy Bentley, who had a goal and two assists in the game, provided the spark for Cold Spring Harbor, and the Seahawks were able to pull the game within one.
When the dust settled in the fourth quarter, Seahawks goalies senior Chris Porzelt and John Genovese ended up with four saves each.
Along with Goldschmidts, junior midfielder Danny Striano, Winkoff and senior attackman Alex Moynihan each scored in the fourth.
Cold Spring Harbor (16-1) will now advance to the Long Island championship game against Suffolk’s Class C champion, Islip. The two teams are slated to meet Saturday, 5:30 p.m. at Hofstra University. There will be a $7 admission fee.