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Final Score – Smithtown East 16, Commack 9
Senior attack Keith Ditta scored 4 goals in the first half as the sixth-seeded Smithtown East Bulls (12-5) reach the Suffolk Class A Quarterfinals with a 16-9 win over the 11th seeded Commack Cougars (7-10) at Smithtown High School East in St. James, NY. Smithtown East got off to a roaring start, scoring the game’s first 4 goals and dominated the possession and shots. However, Commack would come back, led by Towson-bound senior attack Blake Behlen, and cut the lead to 5-4 late in the second half. However, Ditta would score two goals in the final 56 seconds to lift the Bulls to a 7-4 halftime lead and they would not look back.
Keith Ditta led Smithtown East with 6 goals and 1 assist, while faceoff specialist Chris Arceri dominated at the faceoff circle, winning 15 of 23 faceoffs and scored 1 goal. Commack was led by Behlen, who tallied 2 goals and 3 assists.
Smithtown East will play third-seeded Northport in the Suffolk Class A Quarterfinals on Friday, May 17th at Northport.
Shots – Commack 28, Smithtown East 43
Shots on Goal – Commack 17, Smithtown East 24
Saves – Commack 8, Smithtown East 8
Faceoffs – Commack 10, Smithtown East 16
Ground Balls – Commack 16, Smithtown East 32
Turnovers – Commack 12, Smithtown East 12
Clears – Commack 14/15, Smithtown East 15/16
Extra-Man Opportunities – Commack 1/2, Smithtown East 4/4