Newsday: Turri, Braddish lift West Islip

Posted Thursday, April 21, 2011 by Ray Nelson

Turri, Braddish lift West Islip

West Islip goalkeeper Kyle Turri after his team's

Photo credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke | West Islip goalkeeper Kyle Turri after his team's 8 - 7 win over Chaminade in the Long Island high school boys lacrosse game. (April 16, 2011)



Cold day, hot goalie.

In a showcase non-league game that took the temperature of two of the finest high school lacrosse programs anywhere, West Islip outlasted visiting Chaminade, 8-7, Saturday as Kyle Turri made 12 saves and middie Conor Braddish scored three second-half goals.

The Lions (6-0) have won 27 straight games, dating to last season's opener and have won the last two state Class A championships. The Flyers (6-1), who entered the game ranked No. 3 nationally and No. 1 in the tri-state area, lost for the first time.

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"Kyle was outstanding. Every time he's put in a big setting, he rises to the occasion," West Islip coach Scott Craig said of the Duke-bound senior. "His focus, whenever he's challenged, is outstanding."

Turri was challenged frequently in the first three quarters, when Chaminade, which won 15 of 18 faceoffs, and had a territorial advantage but still trailed 4-3. It was the kind of day when the offenses and most of the spectators were blanketed.

"Our goalie made some big saves to keep us in the game," Braddish said. "This was a huge test."

Turri aced it, snatching shots out of the air or smothering the ones at his feet. "We know their defense is good, so I had to make those early saves until our offense got in rhythm," the redheaded Turri said. "I like it better when we show our offense a little more."

That occurred in the fourth quarter. After Matt Kavanagh, a terrific game with four goals and two assists, tied it at 4 for Chaminade, Jon Reese won three straight faceoffs for West Islip. Two of those led to unassisted goals by Braddish. "Whoever gets the favorable matchup, that's who we look for," Braddish said. "When I got the short stick on me, I was able to take advantage."

Drew Federico scored on a jump shot off a nice feed from Nick Aponte and Mike Sagl launched a rocket after another Federico feed that made it 8-4 with 3:14 left.

Chaminade, however, made it a very interesting final minute. Impressive sophomore Ryan Lukacovic scored an unassisted goal with 41.7 seconds left. The Flyers won the next two faceoffs and turned them into goals by Kavanagh and Shane Thornton to cut it to 8-7 with 9.9 seconds left. After a timeout, West Islip took a defensive approach to the final faceoff and the ball rolled around harmlessly near midfield as the clock ran out.

"We started to relax a little bit at the end," Turri admitted.

For most of the game, however, Turri was a stone cold stopper.