June 11, 2013

Nike/US Lacrosse Northeast Region Report

by Tom Peace | LaxMagazine.com

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Top Performers

Cody George, Garden City (N.Y.)

George led the Trojans in scoring in both the New York Class B semifinal and championship game with a total of 11 points. The junior midfielder finished the season with 49 points and was second on the team with 36 goals.

Ryan Cook, Cazenovia Central (N.Y.)

Cook had a five-goal performance to help guide the Lakers to the New York Class C championship. The senior attackman had an even better senior season, totaling 111 points and scored 4.4 goals per game for the Lakers. Cook is committed to Hartford.

Game to Watch

Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.) vs. Xaverian Brothers (Mass.) — Mass Division I Final June 12

All season the Warriors have been aiming for a chance to be ranked in the USL Northeast Top 10, and now they are heading into the biggest game of their season as a ranked team. Can Lincoln-Sudbury (18-2) take care of business and win the Division I title and be in the final ranking? We shall see. Xaverian Brothers (15-6) and Lincoln-Sudbury faced each other back in early April and the Warriors were victorious, winning 10-5.

1. Ward Melville (N.Y.), 22-0

Season Complete: The Patriots finish out the 2013 season as the top team in the Northeast Top 10. Ward Melville cemented its position by winning the New York Class A State title with a 16-4 win over West Genesee (N.Y.). Brendan Hegarty scored four goals and had one assist for the Pats. It's Ward Melville's first state title since 2000, and head coach Mike Hoppey said afterward that he's retiring as the Patriots' leader, going out on top with a state title.

2. Chaminade (N.Y.), 15-2

Season Complete: 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.

3. Garden City (N.Y.), 19-3

Season Complete: The Trojans had a great second half to their season with 12-straight wins since April 27. Garden City was dominant in the postseason, winning the Long Island Class B championship and then beating Niskayuna (N.Y.) 10-9 in the state semifinal and Jamesville-Dewitt 13-8 to claim a second-straight Class B state title. Justin Guterding finished his high school career scoring five points in the title win.

4. Niskayuna (N.Y.), 21-1

Season Complete: Niskayuna falls from the No. 2 spot, but remains a Top 5 team to close out the season. The Warriors suffered their first loss of the season in the state semifinal, losing 10-9 to Garden City. Luke Goldstock had a five-goal game for the Warriors in the loss.

5. Cazenovia Central (N.Y.), 22-2

Season Complete: The Lakers beat Bronxville 13-11 to win the New York Class C state championship. The win propels Cazenovia Central into the Top 5 of the Northeast rankings. It's the Lakers' second state title in three years. Ryan Cook led Cazenovia with five goals.

6. Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.), 20-2

Season Complete: The Rams could not contain the firepower from Garden City in the New York Class B championship game, as DeWitt fell 13-8. Jordan Evans finishes a remarkable senior season with 180 points, which tops the leaderboard in the state.

7. Shoreham Wading River (N.Y.), 18-2

Brendan Hegarty scored four goals and had one assist for Ward Melville in its 16-4 state title game win over West Genesee.
© Greg Wall

Season Complete: Shoreham managed to climb back into the Northeast rankings this week after clinching their second consecutive Class C Long Island Championship, though the Wildcats were outlasted in overtime, 14-13, by Bronxville (N.Y.) in the NY Class C state semifinal. Tim Rotanz had four assists in the loss. Both of SWR's losses this season were in overtime.

8. Yorktown (N.Y.), 17-3

Season Complete: The Cornhuskers improved this season from a year ago when they finished 16-5. Yorktown had some highlight wins this season over Chaminade (No. 1 at the time), and previously ranked Darien (Conn.) and Ridgefield (Conn.). The Cornhuskers also captured their 36th sectional title in program history when they defeated John Jay 17-3 on May 24.

9. Fairfield Prep (Conn.), 18-4

Season Complete: The Jesuits finished the 2013 season in the Northeast Top 10 rankings after going unbeaten against in-state opposition. Fairfield Prep capped a winning season with a 14-8 win over Staples (Conn.) to clinch their second straight Division L Championship. Tim Edmonds and Burke Smith came through for the Jesuits, each scoring three goals in the win.

10. Lincoln Sudbury (Mass.) 18-2

The Warriors enter the rankings this week representing Massachusetts after Duxbury (Mass.) was eliminated in early rounds of the Division 1 East playoffs by BC High (Mass.). Lincoln-Sudbury defeated Acton-Boxboro (Mass.) 13-4 on June 8. The Warriors will now face Xaverian Brothers (Mass.) on June 12 for the Division 1 East title.

News and Notes

Patriots' Day

Ward Melville concludes its 2013 season atop of the national polls after going 22-0.

The Patriots only scored fewer than 11 goals once this season and that was a 7-3 win over No. 3 Garden City.

Ward Melville averaged 14.27 goals a game. The Patriots had an 95.35 strength of schedule, which is top-50 in the country, according to LaxPower.com.

Bishop Guertin wins it all

Bishop Guertin (N.H.) defeated Pinkerton (N.H.) 13-6 on June 6 to capture the Cardinals' fourth straight New Hampshire State championship.

The Cardinals scored five unanswered goals in the third quarter to take a 10-5 lead.

Connor Donahue had a huge game, netting three and three assists for BG. Goalie Paul Callahan made 11 saves for the Cardinals in the win.

Note: The Nike/US Lacrosse Regional rankings will not necessarily reflect the same order as the Nike/US Lacrosse National Boys' Top 25, which is voted on by US Lacrosse area representatives and Lacrosse Magazine contributors, who compile the regional rankings.


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