The William Floyd boys lacrosse team took a slide in the Division I standings following a 7-4 loss at Smithtown East on Tuesday. The loss to the lower-ranked team hurt the Colonials (5-3, 7-4) in the division power rankings, dropping them from fifth place to ninth. The top 13 teams in the division make the playoffs, although Floyd head coach Vic Guadagnino has said that his team is aiming to finish high enough in the standings to garner a home playoff berth.
Smithtown East was ranked higher than the Colonials in the preseason and was expected to be one of the powerhouse teams, but had recently dropped lower in the standings than the Colonials. Guadagnino said that his team simply had a rough day and that a number of other factors may have contributed to the loss.
“They played hard and intense the whole game, and we were flat from the start,” he said. “We were never able to pick it up. On Monday, we were inside for practice, and that may have thrown us off our routine.”
Guadagnino added that a long bus ride to the game was made even longer when the driver accidentally took the team to Smithtown West. The detour caused the Colonials to arrive late for the game.
“We had to rush our warmup,” Guadagnino said. “It was just a bad day all around.”
Floyd fell behind, 3-0, to start the game, and had just one goal at halftime.
“We never could get that little spark going,” Guadagnino added.
The loss came on the heels of two very impressive wins from last week, a 15-5 victory over Locust Valley in a non-league game at home on April 25 and a dominant 17-2 home win against East Islip on April 23. Guadagnino said he was very happy and also surprised at his team’s ability to dominate East Islip, a usually tough team which his Colonials have battled in close games in recent seasons.
“That was surprising,” Guadagnino said. “They’re a physical team and they’re usually a playoff team every year. It’s always been a very close game. This has never happened before. It was a positive surprise and I thought we played very well.”
Guadagnino saw more of the same from his team against Locust Valley.
“We were intense and both games were at home with beautiful weather, and we played great,” he said. “It was a very good week.”
Guadagnino said that in both wins, he was impressed with his team’s play on faceoffs, and added that an inability to do well in that department was a big factor in the loss to Smithtown East.
He gave credit in particular to Ricky Kruger, Nicky Sidaras, DJ Allen and Andrew Jeremiah.
In the win against East Islip, Ryan Payton had a career-high five goals, while Steve Murphy, Andrew Incantalup, Darrell Moore and Sidaras each scored twice. Luigi Fatizzo, Rich Williams, John Amato and Allen each scored once. Murphy led the team with four assists, while Luke Miller, Steven Shaedler and Incantalupo each tallied an assist.
Against Locust Valley, Miller had three goals and two assists, while Williams, Amato, Murphy, Payton and Incantalupo each scored twice. Shaedler and Kruger each scored once while Shaedler had two assists and Sidaras and Bill Keane recorded one assist each. Joe Fiorucci and Xavier Williams split time in goal, each making seven saves.
Guadagnino was happy to see balanced scoring in both wins.
“It was a great sign that a lot of kids were contributing,” he said. “In both games, every kid played.”
The Colonials were scheduled to begin a stretch of three-straight homes games yesterday, in a match against Longwood. They’ll host undefeated division leader Ward Melville on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. before hosting Sachem East next Friday at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Avenue Sports Complex. Floyd will face Northport, Patchogue-Medford and Half Hollow Hills West to close out the regular season.
Currently, Ward Melville and fourth-place Hills West are the only higher-ranked teams remaining on Floyd’s schedule. An upset of either team would certainly give the Colonials a boost in the standings, while getting past the other opponents will be tantamount to holding on to as high a playoff seed as possible. Guadagnino isn’t intimidated by mighty Ward Melville, which recently knocked off West Islip—the top-ranked team in the country at the time.
“I think we match up very well against them,” Guadagnino said of Ward Melville. “I think we are bigger, faster and stronger than they are. It’s nice to have that athletic attribute. They’re certainly a very skilled team, but I think we are a more athletic team than they are. Hopefully that will be an advantage for us.”
The William Floyd girls lacrosse team picked up two impressive wins last week, thanks in large part to the scoring prowess of standout Jackie Ardolino. She tallied seven goals and had two assists in a 13-10 win against Walt Whitman on the road on April 28, and also had seven goals in a 17-6 win against Middle Country at home on April 22. Floyd is now 10th in Division I with a 5-3 record, 8-3 overall.
In the win against Whitman, Kaleigh Locke had a pair of goals and two assists, while Erin Conn had a goal and two assists. Jackie Anderson had a goal and one assist, while Marissa Hurley and Samantha Ferrara each scored once. Chelsea Sidaras made 12 saves for Floyd.
Against Middle Country, Octavia Williams had four goals, Anderson scored three times, Locke scored twice and Ferrara added a goal.
Floyd will host West Babylon today at 4:30 p.m. and will visit Connetquot on Tuesday for a 4 p.m. game.