Ryan Feit stared down one of Nassau’s most prolific offenses Tuesday night and never blinked.
The junior goalie and his teammates held Massapequa without a goal over a 15:42 span of the second half. That’s an eternity in lacrosse terms.
But in the heat of the Nassau Class A boys lacrosse championship game? It was unforgettable; legendary even. Massapequa’s Dan Muller finally broke the drought on a diving goal with 19 seconds left, but by that point Syosset had erased a four-goal deficit and held the lead.
to bring home the county championship for the first time since the program won back-to-back titles in 2007-08.
“The most memorable moment of the last few days was just being able to get that championship trophy with my fellow captains and coach and really being able to let it sink in both on and off the field that we are Nassau County champs,” Feit said. “Being able to walk through the halls of school getting congratulations from everybody has been an amazing feeling.”
Feit, a co-captain and four-year member of the varsity, has been a key component in the latest run. In fact, the Braves have won nine straight games – including three in the playoffs – since , in an April showdown for first place.
Tuesday's win more than made up for the regular season loss.
An even bigger when Syosset (14-4) faces (18-1) for the Long Island Class A championship. The game is on the turf at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium (Tickets $7).
West Islip, which was a year ago, has won four state titles since 2006. That's not fazing these Braves.
“We prepare as if it is any other team," Feit said. "They are going to be a real tough test, but we are going to prepare exactly as we did for Massapequa.”
Feit orally committed to NCAA Division I lacrosse power Johns Hopkins as a sophomore. He's got the pedigree to be on one of lacrosse's biggest stages.
The stage is set for one of the most significant moments in program history. But win or lose, the journey has been just as important.
“I am most proud of the fact that every single game our team has gotten better," Feit said. "We have not taken any steps back this season and that is an amazing feat for a team to keep improving every single day.”