Kammer’s last-second save leads to Cold Spring Harbor winning the D semifinals

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ALBANY – The lead was one for Cold Spring Harbor as the clock ticked under 10 seconds in this Class D semifinal, and then it looked like it wasn’t there. Nick Reich came from behind to score from the right door for Pleasantville with a score of 6.6.

But wait. The officials met and waved goodbye. Reich was governed at the crease. There was also a flag for a Seahawks push: man down, one more shot for the Panthers.

The defense made things difficult for them and a shot went straight to Matty Kammer’s stick, who made an easy save just before time expired.

“So relieving,” said the freshman goalie, who had three saves. “That’s one of the toughest pressures I’ve ever experienced in my life. Our guys ended up doing really well.”

These lacrosse boys are heading to the state finals to try and get a three-peat. Cold Spring Harbor held on for a 6-5 victory at the University at Albany’s Fallon Field on Wednesday after senior midfielder Ryan McGloin scored the tiebreaker goal with 2:17 remaining.

“To get a three-peat would mean the world to all the seniors and all the players on this team,” said McGloin, who had two goals and one assist. “It would be great.”

This match was a repeat of last year’s semi-final. The Seahawks (13-6) will play Section III’s Marcellus at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hofstra in a rematch of last year’s final.

“I believed in them,” Seahawks coach Dennis Bonn said. “. . . Now for the third year in a row we are playing on the last day of the year, looking for the seventh possible (state) championship.”

McGloin gave them the win with an unassisted goal.

“He is the epitome of a two-way street,” Bonn said.

Then came the thrilling final seconds.

“I didn’t think I stepped into the crease,” Reich said. “I was pushed. Everything seemed fine. I thought it was a good cause.

“There is no worse feeling in the world than right now.”

The Seahawks led 4-1 after a McGloin goal with 3:43 left in the second quarter. The Panthers (18-3) cut the score to 4-3 at halftime.

Roy Testa made it 5-3 early in the third. Pleasantville tied the score at 5 on Reich’s goal with 0.5 left in the quarter.

“Coach Bonn said before the game, ‘The team that makes the fewest mistakes will come out with the win today,’” McGloin said. “And we did that.”