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Friday, October 24, 2014
Lynbrook enjoys successful start
Jeff Wilson/Herald
Junior Owen Daly, left, handles the majority of draws for the Owls and is being counted on to provide some offense from the midfield.

Seeded second in Nassau Conference B-II boys’ lacrosse, Lynbrook enjoyed a fast start to 2014 with wins in each of its first three non-conference games out of the gate.

The Owls, who concluded last season with a loss to Long Beach in the quarterfinal round of the Class B playoffs, prepped for the opening of the conference schedule this week with victories over MacArthur, Oceanside and Farmingdale.

“We have work to do, but we’re more experienced in key spots on offense and have some young talent on defense,” Lynbrook coach Bill Leighley said. “We always play a lot of kids and want to be playing our best come playoff time.”

Despite blustery conditions in March, the Owls were hot. Their starting attack of Gordon Purdie (four), Joe Grossi (three) and Austin Fabel combined for eight goals against Farmingdale, six against Oceanside, and five against MacArthur. “All three can create from behind the cage,” Leighley said.

Grossi, a senior bound for Binghamton, has moved to attack after spending the past two seasons in the midfield. “We’re experimenting with him,” Leighley said. “Joe’s got a motor that never slows down. He puts constant pressure on the cage.”

Purdie, a junior, also earned All-County recognition in 2013 after scoring 30 goals and dishing out 12 assists. “Gordon’s a talented lacrosse player and he got better and better as last year went on,” Leighley said. “He’s starting to light it up this year already.”

Fabel, a first-year starter, brings blazing speed to the front line. Senior Frankey Cavassa and sophomore Zach LoCicero, who picked up his first varsity goal against Farmingdale, will also contribute on attack.

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