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Navin and Seaford played like a family in the win over Floral Park

Tim Navin knew questions were circulating about Seaford boys lacrosse heading into the season.

“Everyone didn’t know Seaford, how they were going to come away from it last year, losing in the first round,” the senior forward said. “I knew all along that the boys would come together and be good. We are dangerous this year. We play as a family.”

This was a happy family in the fading sun over the Seaford lawn on Wednesday.

Navin and Peter Barone each delivered three goals and one assist. Jake Anzelone scored twice and dominated on the faceoff X. And the Nassau Class C/D champion Vikings defeated Floral Park 15-6.

That meant they finished the regular season undefeated in the conference at 12-0. They are 12-4 overall heading into the county Class C tournament, including three one-goal losses.

“The boys have worked hard and believed in themselves throughout and they certainly showed that today,” Seaford coach Brian Horner said.

“. . . We are young, but last year we were a young team gaining experience. A lot of these guys play year-round and a lot of them have been playing together for a long time.”

Wantagh, a Power League team participating in the C playoffs, handed the Vikings their only one-sided setback, 20-6.

Horner said there are “a lot of strong teams” and that “anything can happen in the playoffs.”

Anzelone, a standout senior defenseman at Navy who also has offensive and faceoff skills, set the tone by winning the opening faceoff and then scoring 12 seconds into the game.

“He’s huge because even when he doesn’t win the face-offs, he’s so good at turning the ball over and getting it back,” Horner said.

Navin then set up Barone for a score. Will Peterson and Brian Falk followed with goals and after a quarter it was 4-0.

At halftime it was 8-1.

Navin scored his three goals in the third, which ended 14-3.

Steven Baranoski scored two of his four goals in the fourth for Floral Park. The Knights finished the regular season at 13-3 overall and 9-3 in the conference.

“It’s unbelievable,” coach Matt Povolny said. “I don’t think we’ve had 13 wins since 2007. . . Last year we only had five wins, so the improvement was definitely there. Regardless of today’s outcome, we have made it to the play-offs and hope to secure a place in the top six and a bye to the second round.”