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Farmingdale punches return ticket to the Class A boys lacrosse finals

ALBANY — Who’s ready to roll it back?

Farmingdale booked its date with destiny by defeating Section I’s Mamaroneck 9-8 in the Class A semifinals on Wednesday at the University at Albany. The Dalers return home for their second consecutive state championship appearance after falling short against Baldwinsville a year ago. They face Section V’s McQuaid Jesuit at Hofstra on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Senior midfielder Sal Posillico may have only run the 200 miles between Albany and Farmingdale High School on Bob Ford Field. The senior midfielder scored the first goal of each half and added an assist with two caused turnovers.

“The hustle is between me, Jake Mangio and Josh Kama,” Posillico said. “We’re all two-way guys who can get on and off the field and do whatever it takes to win. That’s all we care about: winning.”

“(Posillico is) the best utility guy on the island,” senior goalie Jimmy Caputo said. “And it’s not even close.”

Mamaroneck tested Farmingdale’s mettle, especially in the third quarter when it scored three unanswered goals to cut the lead to one.

Farmingdale showed off its quality as junior Dean Kott scored two goals in response to clinical finishing off brilliant feeds from sophomore Cuinn Sunde and senior captain Brendan O’Keefe.

Caputo made a great stop with less than two minutes remaining for his twelfth save, falling on the ball before it could tie the score. Caputo also made a spectacular one-on-one save in the first quarter after a Dalers turnover.

“I lost control a little bit, but I saw it,” Caputo said. “And it didn’t go into the net.”

Sophomore defenseman Michael Galgano then put the game on the ice with a great defensive play, ripping off a Mamaroneck pass before finishing the final 15 seconds of the game.

Senior defenseman Jaxon Parisi continued his strong postseason form, providing a physical presence for the defense while facilitating the transition offense as an outlet for Caputo in the cage. Sunde added a goal and two assists.

The Dalers (17-5) have one more hurdle on their way to winning their first state title since 2011 and the second in program history. Both Posillico and Caputo know it won’t be an easy task for McQuaid Jesuit, but Posillico takes comfort in knowing he and his seniors are ready for a make-or-break championship.

“I feel honored to play my last game ever and know that this is my last game ever,” Posillico said. “The underclassmen, I can’t thank them enough for everything they did to help us get there.”

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