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Rebman's goal gives Baldwin win over Farmingdale

Posted Thursday, May 28, 2009 by Tim Byrnes

Even before he got the ball in shooting position, Kyle Rebman had picked out a spot.

"I was having a tough time shooting all night," Baldwin's junior attack said. "He's a good goalie. I didn't even think about it once I got the ball. I was going for his off [right] hip."

After the hip came the hop. Actually it was a leap. Rebman took a pass from Dominique Alexander and beat T.J. DiCarlo with a low rocket from the right side with 2:03 to give No. 5 Baldwin a gritty 7-6 victory over No. 1 Farmingdale last night in the Nassau boys lacrosse Class A semifinal at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium.

Rebman's goal gave Baldwin its first trip to the county final in school history.

Max Malinowski scored four straight goals for the Bruins (13-5), who play the winner of tonight's game between Hicksville and Syosset for the Nassau A title Wednesday.

The game-winner came 12 seconds after a Baldwin timeout. "They had a guy on Dominique and then a zone behind him," Bruins coach Rich Garguilo said. "We were looking to free up a cutter. Dominique to Kyle has been our combination all year."

Rebman, who had a hat trick, didn't immediately see the result of his handiwork. "I was screened for a second after the shot," Rebman said. "This is an unbelievable feeling. We knew we needed to take advantage of our opportunities and give our defense a break."

That's because the Bruins were on defense for most of the second half as Farmingdale (13-5) overcame a 5-3 halftime deficit with long possessions and a distinct territorial advantage. When Joe Celano tied it at 6 for the Dalers with his third of the game on a neat spinning move, it looked like Baldwin was about to wilt. Instead, its stout defense, led by football stalwarts Joe Ednie and Luke Nolan, stood tall against still more Farmingdale pressure.

"When you hear me yell 'Island, Island' it means we're in man to man," Garguilo said. "We're not sliding."

They didn't slip up, either. Farmingdale's Joe Essig won a crucial faceoff and the Dalers gained possession and called timeout with 1:23 left. Ednie and his long stick were matched against Celano. The Farmingdale middie kept cradling and moving on the perimeter, looking for an open man or an open shot. Through a steady mist that made the Hofstra turf a little slippery, Ednie stuck with Celano like a shadow. Celano, unable to penetrate, was forced to give up the ball and eventually the Dalers turned it over with 9.5 seconds left.

"They've been on the varsity since the ninth grade," Garguilo said of Ednie and Nolan. "Those are our top guys and I trust them."

He has also placed trust in a freshman goalie, Brett Dadiego, who made 17 saves.

"Last year at this time, he was taking finals in the middle school," Garguilo said.

Last night he and his teammates were passing quite a different test.

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