One thing Long Beach has going for it is a hot goaltender. Weiss, who transferred to Long Beach from Holy Trinity, made 14 saves in an 8-6 first-round win over Division and was even better against Lynbrook. “He was great,” Kaspar said. “He made some big saves from in close. We need to do a better job defensively in front of him.”
Forkin, who popped in six goals against Division, opened the scoring 4:40 into the game when he beat Karaczynski with a high shot from the doorstep. He then assisted on junior Mike Breglia’s goal 61 seconds later that made it 2-0. Junior Joe Grossi and Murphy answered for the Owls, who pulled even late in the first quarter.
Sophomore Matt Varian and Murphy traded second-quarter goals, and it was 3-3 at the half. Long Beach regained a two-goal cushion early in the third quarter when Varian followed Ayzenberg’s tiebreaking goal with a man-up tally just 26 seconds later. Lynbrook was back within one after senior Nick LoCicero set up sophomore Gordon Purdie, but Forkin’s man-down breakaway goal off a turnover 1:02 into the fourth sent the Marines on their way back to the semis.