Nike/US Lacrosse Northeast Region Report
by Tom Peace | LaxMagazine.com
Top PerformersTom Zenker, Chaminade (N.Y.)
Zenker is having a nice season for the Flyers. In the last four wins for Chaminade, the attackman posted four three-goal games. Zenker has a total of 27 points scored and 24 goals this season. Zenker, who is committed to Duke, should provide the Flyers with firepower heading into the postseason.
Tyler Powers, Duxbury (Mass.)
Powers scored the game-winning goal in the Dragons four overtime win over Lincoln-Sudbury on May 9. The Duxbury junior had a three-goal game in the 8-7 win over the Warriors.
Cody Radziewicz, Christian Brothers Academy (N.Y.)
Assists aren't sexy in the game of lacrosse, though they are very important in compiling wins and Radziewicz has a total of 41 this season. The CBA senior averages 3.2 assists a game, which would explain why he is third in points (88) in Central New York. Radziewicz is committed to Cornell.
Games to Watch
Chaminade (N.Y.) vs. Delbarton (N.J.) – May 18
Chaminade needs to finish out the season strong if the Flyers want to remain in the top half of the Northeast Top 10. Handing the top team out of New Jersey their first loss of the year would help cement that. Delbarton is undefeated at 14-0. The Flyers beat the Green Wave last season 5-3. It will be exciting to see the Chaminade offense go up against Will Reynolds (Princeton) and the tough Delbarton defense.
Duxbury (Mass.) vs. Bishop Guertin (N.H.) – May 22
This northeast showdown between two defending state champions is an appropriate way to finish out the regular season in New England. Duxbury (13-4) is starting to play its best lacrosse of the season. Bishop Guertin (11-3) is taking care of business in New Hampshire. Both teams have D-I talent on both sides of the field. For Duxbury there is C.J. LoConte (Army), Jay Walsh (Fairfield), and Drew Dowling (Drexel). For Bishop Guertin there is faceoff specialist Blake Boudreau (Marist), and juniors Connor Donahue (Denver), and Domenic St. Laurent (Massachusetts).
1. Ward Melville (N.Y.), 16-0
The Patriots keep steamrolling and finished out the regular season as the top team in the Northeast. In Ward Melville's final four games the Patriots have scored 15 or more goals in each win. Ward Melville now gets set for Suffolk County tournament play.
2. Niskayuna (N.Y.), 14-0
The Warriors defeated a Jamesville-DeWitt 10-9 on May 4 to claim the No. 2 spot this week. Niskayuna has two games left before league tournament play.
3. Chaminade (N.Y.), 13-1
The Flyers jump back into the Top 3 after wins over Bergen Catholic (N.J.), Greenwich (Conn.), and completing the regular season sweep against St. Anthony's, winning 7-5.
4. Fayetteville-Manilus (N.Y.), 15-0
The Hornets earned a spot this week in the Top 5 after having an impressive season in Section 3 conference play. Kevin Lux tallied 100 points (56 goals, 44 assists) this season. Lux is averaging 6.7 goals a game for the Hornets.
5. Garden City (N.Y.), 13-3
The Trojans are back. And despite two hiccups in April against Manhasset (N.Y.) and Ward Melville, Garden City has turned up the tempo in May. Wins over previously ranked Long Beach (N.Y.) and Shoreham-Wading River (N.Y.) merit a Top 5 ranking.
6. St. Anthony's (N.Y.), 10-3
The Friars suffered a 7-5 loss to arch-rival Chaminade on May 9, though two days later St. Anthony's turned around and beat Yorktown (N.Y.) 13-12 in overtime. Dylan Molloy had a six-point game in the win scoring four goals and two assists.
7. Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.), 15-1
The Rams took one on the chin against Niskayuna, losing 10-9, in what may be a preview of the state championship game. JD didn't dwell on the loss and continued to mow teams down. As for the weekly Jordan Evans point total update, the senior attackman is now at 132 points on the season.
8. Yorktown (N.Y.), 13-2
The Cornhuskers take a drop this week after the 13-12 overtime loss to St. Anthony's. Yorktown still deserves to be in the Top 10 picture after a four-point win over Chaminade and knocking Ridgefield (Conn.) out with an 11-8 victory.
9. Ithaca (N.Y.), 14-1
The Little Red make it back into the Northeast rankings after rattling off four-straight wins since losing to Timon St. Jude (N.Y.) on April 27. Ithaca wraps up the season this week against Corning (N.Y.) before conference tournament play.
10. Duxbury (Mass.), 13-5
The Dragons played what may be the game of the 2013 season; as Duxbury defeated a red hot Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.) team 8-7 in four overtimes on May 9.
News and Notes
The Game of the Year?
The Duxbury and Lincoln Sudbury game will be in people's minds for a long time. The players will be telling their grandkids about this game. There is something about four overtimes that brings the best out from both teams, even when the players are out of gas.
Junior Tyler Powers scored the game-winning goal with 17 seconds remaining in the fourth overtime — the span of time since the last goal in the fourth quarter was 63 minutes and 47 seconds.
This game is not only big for both programs, but it's another step for Massachusetts high school lacrosse in becoming a part of the Hotbed landscape. The social media attention on this game during the overtime periods had everyone following on the edge of their seats.
In the end these games show how battle tested Duxbury is. The Dragons play one of the toughest schedules in the United States. So this type of game just makes Duxbury stronger heading into postseason play.
The job head coach Chris Sweet, who is approaching 300 career wins, has done with this program is huge. When people outside of the state think of Massachusetts lacrosse, Duxbury is always one of the first programs they discuss.
It's a Rams world in Rhode Island
Lasalle Academy (R.I.) is currently undefeated with a 9-0 record on the season and the Rams are running through teams in the Ocean State.
The Rams are averaging close to 18 goals a game.
The main reasons for the high scores are Brady O'Donnell, Peter DeSimone, Mike Catarina, and Joe Manown, who are providing the firepower.
In the past three games O'Donnell has compiled 21 points.
LaSalle Academy has three remaining games to finish out the 2013 regular season. All three teams have winning records, including a 10-3 East Lyme (Conn.) squad.
Note: The Nike/US Lacrosse Regional rankings will not necessarily reflect the same order as the Nike/US Lacrosse National Top 25 poll, which is voted on by US Lacrosse area representatives and Lacrosse Magazine contributors, who compile the regional rankings.