Long Island

Cossidente, Hughes spark Comsewogue

by James Crepea on
Fri, Apr 13, 2012 12:56 AM

Updated Fri, Apr 13, 2012 2:15 PM

With his team down a man, Matt Cossidente was stalling.

The Comsewogue midfielder zigged and zagged along the left side of the field, avoiding a pair of defenders as best he could. Cossidente eventually made a maneuver so sharp and skillful the two Eastport-South Manor players defending him fell over.

"I just kept running around," he said. "I put a little move on them and they both fell."
Cossidente darted to the cage and zipped a pass across to Thomas Hughes, who buried a shot for his third goal of the day with 4:54 to go in the first half.

"I really was really tired after that. I didn't even have any energy to shoot the ball," Cossidente said. "I just wanted to pass it off, give my teammate the goal . . . Tommy got open, I hit him and he scored."

Cossidente and Hughes each had four goals as host Comsewogue defeated Eastport-South Manor, 16-5, in Suffolk Division II boys lacrosse Thursday.

"He's got great stamina, he's a fast guy, able to draw doubles," Hughes said of Cossidente, Comsewogue's points leader (33). "I'm always right there following around to get open for the shot."

Justin Carlson (two goals, two assists) was one of six players to score in the first quarter for Comsewogue (6-0, 5-0). After the Warriors stole the ball at midfield Michael Lochren made a quick flip pass to Carlson, who made it 3-0 with less than three minutes left in the first quarter.

"Anytime you can get six goals right away against somebody you're in good shape," Comsewogue coach Pete Mitchell said. "As a coach that's a great job. That means everybody's touching the ball, everybody can go to the cage."

Tyler Aki (three goals) scored on a pass from Patrick Kenneally to cut the gap to 10-3 with 3:30 to go in the first half but ESM (6-1, 4-1) would not get any closer.

Comsewogue had five goals in the third quarter to make it 16-3. ESM, playing without midfielder Ryan Curley (hand), scored twice in the last two minutes.


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