Nike/US Lacrosse Northeast Region Report
by Tom Peace | LaxMagazine.com
Top PerformersChristian Mazzone, Ward Melville (N.Y.)
The senior midfielder came up big, tallying four assists and two goals in the Patriots 14-6 win over Smithtown East (N.Y.) in the Suffolk Class A semifinal. The Rutgers commit has 73 points this season including 46 goals.
Nick Marrocco, Duxbury (Mass.)
Marrocco made 15 saves in the Dragons 12-9 win over Bishop Guertin (N.H.) on May 22. The junior netminder will be remembered as the Duxbury goalie that kept the Dragons alive in the four overtime win over Lincoln-Sudbury. Marrocco is committed to Georgetown University.
James Byrnes, Massapequa (N.Y.)
Byrnes is the Long Island leader in goals and is third in points. On May 14 Byrnes scored six goals and had two assists to help lead Massapequa to a 16-10 quarterfinal win over East Meadow (N.Y.).
Games to Watch
Niskayuna (N.Y.) vs. Yorktown (N.Y.), New York state playoffs (first round) — May 29
The Silver Warriors and the Cornhuskers enter this first-round game coming off championship wins in their Sections. Both are ranked in the Top 10 and both have talent. Yorktown beat Chaminade earlier this season, knocking the Flyers from the No. 1 spot. Niskayuna defeated Jamesville-DeWitt earlier this season to knock the Red Rams out of the Top 5.
CIAC Division L Semifinal — June 5
If both parties take care of business in the early rounds, Ridgefield (Conn.) and Fairfield Prep (Conn.) could meet for the CIAC semifinal in early June. Ridgefield (15-3) has been consistent all season with wins over John Jay-Cross River (N.Y.) and Somers (N.Y.). The Tigers though, did lose to Greenwich (Conn.) 6-5 in the FCIAC semifinal. Fairfield Prep (14-4) is coming off a third-straight SCC title victory, beating Guilford (Conn.) 13-6.
1. Ward Melville (N.Y.), 18-0
The Patriots advanced to the Suffolk Class A finals to face Smithtown West (N.Y.) on May 29. Ward Melville thrashed Smithtown East (N.Y.) 14-6 in the semifinal. Danny Bucaro had four goals.
2. Niskayuna (N.Y.), 19-0
Niskayuna beat Ballston Spa (N.Y.) 20-4 to clinch the New York Section 2 Class B championship. Michael D'Amario led Niskayuna with six goals and three assists. The Silver Warriors advance to take on Yorktown (N.Y.) in the state tournament on Wednesday.
3. Chaminade (N.Y.), 15-2
The Flyers clinched their first CHSAA Class AAA title since 2008 with a 7-5 win over St. Anthony's on May 23. Brian Pratt had three goals to lead Chaminade.
4. Fayetteville-Manlius (N.Y.), 17-0
The Hornets survived a scare by Liverpool (N.Y.) on May 24 in the Class A Section III semifinals, but eked out a 10-9 win. Kevin Lux had a four-point game. Fayetteville-Manlius faces West Genesee (N.Y.) for the Championship on Tuesday.
5. Garden City (N.Y.), 15-3
The Trojans are still sitting in the Top 5 this week after beating Long Beach (N.Y.) 13-3 in the Class B semifinal on May 21. Senior attackman Justin Guterding stepped up with seven points for Garden City. The Trojans advance to the championship game where they play Manhasset (N.Y.).
6. Smithtown West (N.Y.), 16-2
The Bulls entered the Top 10 this week after defeating Northport (N.Y.) 12-6 in the Suffolk Class A semifinals. Junior Ryan Keenan led Smithtown West with seven points (four goals, three assists) in the win. The Bulls face Ward Melville in the Class A Championship on Wednesday.
7. Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.), 17-1
Jamesville-DeWitt beat Carthage (N.Y.) 23-9 on May 25 to claim the Section 3 Class B championship. Jordan Evans (Syracuse) had a monster game, scoring four goals and five assists for the Red Rams.
8. Yorktown (N.Y.), 17-2
Yorktown beat John Jay (N.Y.) 17-3 to win the Section 1 Class B Championship. The Cornhuskers meet Section II champions Niskayuna in first round of the New York State tournament on May 29.
9. New Canaan (Conn.), 17-2
The Rams beat Greenwich (Conn.) 8-5 on May 24 to win the FCIAC title for the second year in a row. The win propels New Canaan into the rankings this week. Junior attackman and Harry Stanton was named game MVP with two scores.
10. Duxbury (Mass.), 16-5
Duxbury beat Bishop Guertin (N.H.) 12-9 to finish the regular season. With the victory head coach Chris Sweet now has 300 wins at Duxbury. The Dragons received a first-round bye in the MIAA Division I playoffs and plays the winner of the B.C. High/Peabody game.
News and Notes
End of an era
On May 21 Smithtown East beat West Islip (N.Y.) 12-4 in the Suffolk Class A playoffs. The loss means West Islip will not be going to the Class A championship for the first time in 11 years. The Lions won the last nine county titles and five of the last seven state championships.
West Islip has produced 28 All–Americans during their run, including Duke goalie Kyle Turri (2011), and Syracuse's Nick Galasso, who holds the Long Island all-time scoring record with 500 points.
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.