Wantagh and are only separated by 1.6 miles but on the boys lacrosse field they have been much father apart so far in 2012.
When the neighborhood rivals met for their annual non-league meeting Thursday morning at , the Warriors (5-1) showed why they one of the top teams in Class B by jumping out to a 14-0 lead en route to a 18-6 victory against Seaford (2-4). The Warriors had six players register two goals including Brandon Watson, Sean Tomlinson, Brian von Bargen, Kyle Cain, Stephen Beckwith, Greg Fuimefreddo and Matthew Balzano. Mike Fitzpatrick also dominated on faceoffs winning the first 12 draws of the game.
“When we are clicking on all cylinders we are hard to beat,” said Wantagh head coach Gary Reh. "We're just really playing well these days."
The victory Thursday was Wantagh’s fifth in six games so far in the young season. The only blemish was a hard-fought 13-8 loss at Class A power Massapequa Tuesday in which nine Warrior shots hit the post.
Coach Reh credits the leadership of Wantagh senior captains Joe Giardina, VonBargen, Balzano and Matt Kauffmann as a major reason why the Warriors are off to a fast start.
“They are great leaders for the younger kids,” said Reh of his senior captains. "They are doing a great job."
Seaford from last year’s team that lost an in the Nassau County Class C semifinals to Friends Academy and has dropped four of six games to open 2012. When asked after Thursday’s game what the key will be for the Vikings to compete in Conference C, head coach Mike Corcoran said, “effort.”
Seaford is next in action at home against North Shore this Monday starting at 4:45 p.m. Wantagh will travel to Comsewouge for a non-league game Saturday at 4 p.m.