By Connor Beach
The Cold Spring Harbor boys lacrosse team was on the winning end of a fiercely contested cross-town rivalry game last week against the visiting Huntington Blue Devils.
The Seahawks have had the upper hand in recent years against the Blue Devils, but the matchup almost always produces an exciting game. While the non-league game may not count towards either team’s respective standings, the rivalry factor means both sets of players want to win.
Cold Spring Harbor have won four straight Nassau Class C titles, and won the state championship from 2015-2017. The Seahawks were looking to use a win against Huntington as a momentum builder going into the second half of the season.
The Blue Devils refused to be pushed aside early.
Huntington goalie Aedan McDonald and the rest of the Blue Devils defense had a stellar first quarter. They shut out the always goal-hungry Seahawks and took a 1-0 lead into the second quarter. That was the last time Huntington would lead in the game.
The Seahawks managed a couple of shutout quarters of their own in the second and third, while putting five past McDonald, who had eight saves in the game.
It was Cold Spring Harbor net minder Pete Leonard’s turn to impress. He racked up a total of seven saves in the game.
Cold Spring Harbor took a 3-1 lead into the locker room and added two more in the third quarter. With less than a minute to play in the third, the Seahawks had a 5-1 advantage.
The Blue Devils tried to battle back in the fourth quarter. They made it 5-2, but with around six minutes to play the Seahawks scored two unanswered to put the game out of reach. Cold Spring Harbor scored their sixth goal, then won the ensuing faceoff and scored again to make it 7-2. The Seahawks made it 8-3 with just under four minutes to play to secure the victory.
Senior Danny Striano scored a hat trick to lead the line for the Seahawks, while his brother Richie Striano scored twice. Alex Moynihan had the hot hand when it came to feeding for Cold Spring Harbor with three assist.
Peter Licciardi and Brady Strough each netted a goal for the Seahawks, while Caden Hawkinson rounded out the score sheet with an assist.
Huntington’s Jack Krisch, Luke Luckow and Robbie Smith each managed a goal against the stout Cold Spring Harbor defense. Jordan McCoy assisted on two goals for the Blue Devils.
The Seahawks travel to Wantagh at 7 p.m., April 29 for their next matchup, and the Blue Devils are set to play Lindenhurst at 10 a.m., April 25 during spring break.