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Middle Country boys lacrosse

By Bill Landon

After narrowly winning their first two nonleague season openers against Mattituck 6-5 and Rocky Point 5-4, Middle Country opened their league season opener at home against Half Hollow Hills Tuesday, March 26, looking to make it three in a row. Hills served notice early on this would be no walk in the park peppering the scoreboard with four unanswered goals by the halftime break. 

It was Tyler Diaz’s third-quarter score that breathed new life into the Mad Dogs to trail 4-1, but that’s all the Middle Country offense could muster the rest of the way. Hills lit up the scoreboard in the final two quarters to slam the door for the 14-1 victory in the Division I contest.

Middle Country goalie Logan Hoenig didn’t have a moment’s rest during the final 12 minutes of play, as the junior netted 12 saves on the day.

The Mad Dogs look to get back to their winning ways Saturday morning when they host Patchogue-Medford at 10 a.m.

— Photos by Bill Landon

Middle Country stayed within striking distance through the first 24 minutes of play, but the Huntington Blue Devils slammed the door in the second half with seven unanswered goals to put the game away, 16-4, in a Division-I matchup May 10.

Huntington packed a one-two punch with Robbie Smith on attack scoring four goals and two assists along with teammate Liam Lennon who had three assists and four goals in the win. Huntington mid-fielder Aidan McNulty was in on four assists with two goals, and Chris Maichin scored twice.

Middle Country senior Justin Robbert had two goals for the Mad Dogs, and Colin Cleary and Charlie Cavalieri both scored.

The win lifts Huntington to 10-3 in league, 10-4 overall, with one game remaining before post season play begins.

The loss drops the Mad Dogs to 6-7.