Oceanside looking for signature win


Oceanside boys’ lacrosse is off to a great start on the season with a 9-1 record in Nassau Conference A. Last week, the Sailors won both of their league games convincingly, defeating Uniondale, 15-2, and Freeport, 12-2.
The area in which they are looking to improve is in non-league games, where they face much of the stiffer competition that could meet next month in a playoff atmosphere.
So far, Oceanside has dropped both of its non-conference games and last week suffered a loss to Long Beach 8-4. 
First-year Sailors coach Mike Santisteban isn’t content with the record just 11 games into the season. “We need a big win, the program really needs a big win,” Santisteban said.
 Going 2-1 in the week helps Oceanside’s standing as it sits 9-3 overall, but yet it failed to capture the signature win against Long Beach that it was looking for.

The first opportunity of action the Sailors saw last week was against a familiar foe in Uniondale that they were able to put together an offensive clinic that the Knights on their heels the entire game. 
The highlight of the game April 16 was the even distribution by the team on full display, having 10 different scorers in the contest. In total six different players found the back of the net at least twice to help unlock the offense. Junior Andrew Dato led the way with two goals and one assist, junior Jake Dimuzio, sophomore Luke Miller, sophomore Jack Passuello, senior Brian Kraemer and senior Matthew Weininger all added two goals as well.  
Sophomore Ethan Famularo added three assists to facilitate the offense and was in full control of the pace and putting his team in positions to succeed. “When he’s in the game, somehow someway he just finds himself getting points, he finds himself near the offensive scoring zone,” Santisteban said. “Whether it is an assist or goal we are very pleased with that.” 
In the April 18 loss to Long Beach, the Sailors were led by Kraemer who scored three goals. Sophomore Brady Nardone added the only other Oceanside tally. It was the type of game Santisteban would like to see the Sailors find a way to get over the top.
“We just didn’t make enough big plays and are still figuring some things out,” he said. 
In last Friday’s victory against Freeport, Dato once again was the standout performer netting four goals and Kraemer scored two goals. “He’s a young key piece of the offense and he’s still trying to find his rhythm,” Santisteban said of Dato, who has 17 goals. 
Senior Michael Madden added seven assists against Freeport and has been one of the offensive catalysts with 10 goals and a team-leading 24 assists. Like Dato, Kraemer and Nardone also have 17 goals.
The Sailors, who are getting solid goaltending from juniors Declan Costello (47 saves) and Sam Feldbaum (30), will look to refocus themselves for a big non-league matchup against Lynbrook this Saturday at home at 11 a.m.