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Friday, September 19, 2014
Mixed playoff results for Hewlett
Ron Manfredi/Herald
Hewlett's Logan Calman, left, checked Garden City's Justin Guterding during the first quarter of a Class B quarterfinal playoff game on May 16.

Garden City’s engine was running on all cylinders against Hewlett in a Nassau Class B boys’ lacrosse playoff quarterfinal at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium on May 16. The defending county champion Trojans got five goals and four assists from Justin Guterding and let off the gas in the second half of a 12-3 victory.

“I’ve see them play eight times this season, and this is the sharpest they’ve played,” Hewlett coach Adam Hopkins said of Garden City, which advanced to meet Long Beach in the semifinals.

“Any mistakes you make against a team like this can’t lead to goals,” he added. “We can’t say it’s not disappointing, but we have to think back at all the good things we accomplished this season.”

The Bulldogs, who finished 9-8 overall and knocked off Jericho in the first round of the playoffs, got goals from senior Mark Schweitzer and juniors Jimmy Anderson and Kevin Fuchs. “We broke the game down as much as we could,” Hopkins said. “We approached it as 48 individual one-minute battles.”

Hewlett trailed just 2-1 after nine minutes and enjoyed a slim shot advantage. Guterding opened the scoring at the 4:22 mark following a giveaway, and found the net 37 seconds later for a 2-0 lead. Anderson cut the margin in half with an unassisted goal at 7:20, but goals by James Sullivan and Guterding reopened the cushion to four by quarter’s end.

In the second quarter, Guterding picked up where he left off. He bounced a shot just under the crossbar from 10 yards out to make it 5-1. After Fuchs scored unassisted, Garden City closed the half with five straight goals to lead 10-2 at intermission.

“Guterding was really on,” Hopkins said. “When a player of his caliber is on his ‘A’ game, it makes things that much tougher.”

Senior goalie Justin Isaacs made nine saves, giving him 22 in two playoff games. He was stellar against Jericho, Hopkins said, which came to Hewlett with an impressive offense and was held to just three goals through three quarters in an 8-6 defeat. Senior Zach Richman and junior Gianluca Vardaro both had a hat trick to lead the Bulldogs.

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