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Nike/US Lacrosse Northeast Region Report

by Will Cleveland | LaxMagazine.com

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Player of the Week 

Jake Sproule, Penfield (N.Y.)

After a season-opening 12-7 loss to Webster Thomas (N.Y.), the Patriots came back with a defensive masterpiece against perennial power West Genesee (N.Y.). The Wildcats (0-1) led 3-0 at halftime, but did not score in the second half or either of the two overtimes. The Patriots scored three goals in a three-minute span in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime. Jake Sproule sparked that comeback. The senior midfielder, who is headed to Division III powerhouse Cortland, won 6 of 8 faceoffs and finished with two goals. His second goal came with 1:27 left in the second overtime to lift the Patriots. Sproule won the face-off, scooped up the ground ball, and finished.

Also notable: Ryan Keenan, Smithtown West (N.Y.); Sean Cerrone, Chaminade (N.Y.); Cody George, Garden City (N.Y.)

Game of the Week

Fordham Prep (N.Y.) at Chaminade (N.Y.), April 1

In a match-up of two Top 10 teams, the Rams travel to take on the Flyers on Tuesday. Villanova commit Sean Cerone, a senior midfielder, leads the surging Flyers with seven goals and two assists in two games. Senior midfielder Sam Bonafede (Princeton) has three goals and an assist for Chaminade. Senior Matt Isnardi has solidified the goaltending situation for the Flyers, combining to make 19 saves in the two wins. He is committed to Army. Fordham Prep is riding high after opening the season with three wins at the Jesuit Lacrosse Classic, including a 7-6 win over D.C. powerhouse Gonzaga (D.C.). Chaminade opens its 2013 season with an 8-0 win over the Rams.

Northeast Region Top 10

1. Smithtown West (N.Y.), 4-0
Smithtown West earned a 13-6 win over Half Hollow Hills West (N.Y.) and 14-7 victory over Connetquot (N.Y.) to cap a perfect week. Christian Zawadzki totaled eight goals and one assist in the two wins. Ryan Keenan added six goals and nine assists to help keep Smithtown West undefeated.

2. Chaminade (N.Y.), 2-0
After defeating last season's No. 1 Ward Melville 10-5 to open the season, Chaminade earned a 7-4 victory over last week's No. 1 Massapequa. Sean Cerrone continued his early season brilliance with four goals. Cerrone, a senior midfielder, has signed to play at Villanova. Matthew Insardi stopped 10 shots for the win and Thomas O'Connell added one goal and one assist.

3. Garden City (N.Y.), 2-1
Cody George scored four goals, including the winner with 2:39 left in the third overtime, to lift Garden City to a dramatic 6-5 win over Massapequa, the previous week's No. 1 team and the defending Class A Nassau champion. Kieran Byrnes, who finished with three assists, assisted on the game-winner.

4. Manhasset (N.Y.), 1-0
The Indians opened the season with an 11-8 win over Syosset (N.Y.). Henry Griffith finished with five goals and two assists and Tyler Dunn added four goals for Manhasset. John Paul Young recorded 11 saves for the win.

5. Darien (Conn.), 0-0
The Blue Wave look to rebound this season after a down year, but Darien should benefit from a strong returning core of 33 players, including 12 who started at some point last season.

6. Massapequa (N.Y.), 2-2
The Chiefs, who were ranked No. 1 last week, dropped close decisions to Chaminade and Garden City. The Chiefs look to rebound on Wednesday when they host Oceanside (N.Y.).

7. Fordham Prep (N.Y.), 3-0
Coming off their first ever 3-0 showing at the Jesuit Lacrosse Classic, the Rams must now prepare for a showdown with top-ranked Chaminade on Tuesday.

8. Ward Melville (N.Y.), 2-1
The defending Class A state champions rebounded from a season-opening loss to now top-ranked Chaminade with wins over Sachem East (N.Y.) and Bay Shore (N.Y.). The Patriots beat Sachem East, 14-8, and defeated Bay Shore, 13-5. Jake McCulloch finished with six goals and four assists and Danny Bucaro added six goals and five assists in the two wins for the Patriots.

9. Niskayuna (N.Y.), 0-0
The Warriors start their season Tuesday with a game against Saratoga Springs (N.Y.).

10. Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.), 1-0
Despite losing Jordan Evans (Syracuse) to graduation, the Red Rams showed they still have plenty of offensive fire power in a 21-3 season-opening win over Chittenango (N.Y.). Senior Griffin Feiner, who is headed to Hartford, finished with three goals as 12 different J-D players scored.

Notes

The defending Class C state champion, Cazenovia Central (N.Y.), lost both Connor Cannizzaro (Maryland) and Ryan Cook to graduation on the attack. But the Lakers seemed poised for another postseason run as they opened the season with a 16-8 win over traditional power Syracuse Christian Brothers Academy (N.Y.). Sophomore Cole Williard finished with five goals and two assists for Cazenovia.

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Carthage (N.Y.) used a decisive 12-goal run to deliver coach Kirk Ventiquattro his 400th career win. Carthage defeated Salmon River (N.Y.), 15-3, to open the season. It was also the 400th win in program history as Ventiquattro is the only coach in program history. He is now 400-101 in 26 years.

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The Rochester-area game between West Genesee and Penfield on Saturday was about more than lacrosse. The two teams used the game as a fundraiser for West Genesee modified coach Joe Adams, who is battling brain cancer. Adams was a college teammate of Penfield varsity coach John Schembri at SUNY Cortland. And while the Patriots earned a hard-fought 4-3 double-overtime victory, Schembri was more proud of the fact that his team helped raise more than $800 for Adams' medical expenses. You can donate to Adams' medical fund here.

Check back to LaxMagazine.com every Tuesday throughout the high school season for updates to the Nike/US Lacrosse Regional Boys' Top 10 rankings and the Nike/US Lacrosse National Boys' Top 25.

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