On April 17, the William Floyd boys lacrosse team took on one of the best programs in the country and for three quarters, kept pace with powerhouse West Islip before falling 14-8.
The Lions—who are the second-ranked team in the country, according to the national coaches rankings on laxpower.com, and are defending state champions—rode a 7-1 first quarter advantage to the victory over the Colonials. But Floyd head coach Vic Guadagnino said he was pleased with what he saw from his team for the remainder of the game. Floyd was outscored 4-2 in the second quarter but had a 5-3 advantage in the second half.
“They came out and dominated us in the first quarter, but we kind of woke up in the second quarter and realized that we’re a pretty good team this year,” he said. “We played evenly with them. If we could do that from the beginning of the game, everything would be different. From the second quarter on, I think it was the best we’ve ever played.”
Guadagnino gave credit to his defense and goalie Joe Fiorucci in particular for playing well. Fiorucci made 17 saves on the day.
On offense, Ricky Kruger led Floyd with three goals, a career-high, while Luke Miller, Steven Schaedler, John Amato, Steven Murphy and Ryan Payton each scored once. Murphy also tallied three assists.
Prior to the loss to West Islip, Floyd had won three straight games, getting past West Babylon 7-3 on April 15, beating Lindenhurst 10-9 at home on April 11 and cruising past Sachem North 16-2 in Sachem on April 9.
Payton scored three goals to lead Floyd against West Babylon, while a goal by Schaedler with 8:09 remaining against Lindenhurst gave his team a 10-7 lead en route to the win. Murphy scored three goals in that game and had two assists while Schaedler and Amato scored twice. Fiorucci made 20 saves in that contest.
Against Sachem North, a 12-1 halftime lead carried Floyd to the win. Murphy had six goals and a pair of assists while Amato had three goals and four assists.
Floyd competed against Sachem North and Lindenhurst without head coach Guadagnino and assistant coach Gene Gersbeck, who were serving a one-week suspension.
Guadagnino said he was pleased with the way his team dealt with the situation and kept focused on the task at hand.
“I thought the kids showed a lot of heart and did a great job keeping the season going in the right direction,” he said. “They did a fantastic job against a very good Lindenhurst team.”
Floyd is now 4-2 in Division I, 5-3 overall and has earned its winning record by beating several tough teams.
“I think we’re in a good spot,” Guadagnino said. “We’ve played well with a difficult schedule.”
The Colonials are aiming for a return to the Class AA playoffs and should have an easy time getting there, needing only to finish in the top 13 in the division. The Colonials were in fifth place after the loss to undefeated West Islip. Last season, Floyd finished 11th and lost in the quarterfinals to Smithtown West. This time around, the Colonials are hoping to finish as high as possible in the rankings to secure a home playoff game and have a better chance of sticking around for longer in the postseason.
“We’re looking to be in the top six and get that home game,” Guadagnino said. “We’re really like to get to those semifinals.”
Floyd was scheduled to host East Islip (3-3) on Wednesday, April 23, and will host Locust Valley—a Nassau County team—in a non-league game today at 1:30 p.m. The Colonials will visit Smithtown East (4-2) on Tuesday at 4:15 p.m.