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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Lynbrook tops Manhasset for county title
Owls get 15 saves from McDougal in 8-4 victory
Jeff Wilson/Herald
It was celebration pile time for the Owls on May 27 after they beat Manhasset, 8-4, for the Nassau Class B crown.

Brendan McDougal had all the answers and plenty of support.

Lynbrook's junior goaltender made 15 saves, many from point-blank range at key times, and the Owls got goals from six different players on the way to capturing their first Nassau County boys' lacrosse championship since 2003 with an 8-4 victory over Manhasset on Tuesday night in the Class B final at Hofstra.

Juniors Michael Toy and Gordon Purdie each had two goals and an assist, and senior Michael McVeigh contributed a goal and two assists for Lynbrook, which won its 13th consecutive game. Jack Miller scored twice for the Indians, who were blanked for the last 21 minutes of the first half as well as the first 16 minutes of the second half.

“We came in here with a lot of confidence,” said Purdie, who scored the eventual game-winning goal with 2:53 remaining in the third quarter. “It feels great. I love playing with these guys. I knew we could do something special.”

Two of McDougal's biggest saves came in the waning moments of the first half with Manhasset trying to take advantage of a man-up situation when he denied Charlie Malhame and Matt Gavin from close range to preserve a 3-1 lead. “Brendan accepted a tremendous challenge and played the best game of his career,” Lynbrook head coach Bill Leighley said. “Every time we needed a big stop, he came through.”


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