Forsberg's 6 goals power Glenn to 'C' title

Posted Friday, June 04, 2010 by Ray Nelson

Forsberg's 6 goals power Glenn to 'C' title

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Tom Forsberg scored six goals to lead top-seeded Glenn to an 11-6 win over No. 2 Bayport-Blue Point in the Suffolk Class C championship.

goalie Ryan Hughes (11)

Photo credit: Photo by Joseph D. Sullivan | Bayport goalie Ryan Hughes (11) stops Glenn's Matthew Forsberg's (8) point blank shot in the first half. John Glenn defeated Bayport-Blue Point 11-6. (June 3, 2010)

In the final minute, Tom Forsberg held his stick - with the bright orange head and lime- green shooting strings flashy enough for all to see - high in the air, still calling for the ball.

But his job was long done. Forsberg, a sophomore midfielder, scored six goals to lead top-seeded Glenn to an 11-6 win over No. 2 Bayport-Blue Point last night in the Suffolk Class C championship game at Stony Brook's LaValle Stadium.

It was Glenn's first boys lacrosse county title in three straight finals appearances, a sweet feeling for its seniors, who were part of the school's first varsity season four years ago.

"Third time's the charm, as they always say," said Forsberg, who has been on the team since the eighth grade. "I think we all deserved to win."

The Knights (11-6) play Nassau champion Manhasset (17-0) in the Long Island Class C final at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hofstra. BBP, which made its first county final, finishes 14-4.

Forsberg scored five goals during the second and third quarters. He scored his first from close range off a set pick play to tie it at 3 with 4:30 before halftime. Nick Meinsen then scored unassisted and Forsberg scooped a pass off the turf to the goalie's left and fired one in for a 5-3 lead. That score became the first of four straight goals scored by the lefthanded Forsberg, who converted to midfield from attack midway through the season. Glenn led 8-4 with 53 seconds left in the third.

"Without him, we don't win like we do," Glenn coach Kevin Lavey said. "They did a great job guarding Matt Gannon [21 goals, 45 assists this season] but Tommy stepped up, picked up the slack and put the ball in the back of the net."

Said senior Matthew Forsberg, Tom's older brother, who scored two goals: "It makes me feel so good that he can continue, and hopefully come back for another county championship."