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Nike/US Lacrosse Northeast Region Report

by Will Cleveland | LaxMagazine.com

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Player of the Week 

Luke Palmadesso, Yorktown (N.Y.)

The senior midfielder/face-off specialist had a fantastic game to help the Cornhuskers knock off previously unbeaten and top-ranked Chaminade, 5-3, last week. He won all 11 face-offs he took and also had a goal and an assist for Yorktown (N.Y.), which improved to 9-2. He now has 17 goals and 15 assists in 11 games for the Huskers. Palmadesso, who is headed to Villanova, won 153 of 195 draws last season and also scooped up 105 ground balls for Yorktown.

Also Notable: Mike D'Amario, Niskayuna (N.Y.), Jim Byrns, Massapequa (N.Y.), Danny Dolan, Garden City (N.Y.).

Game of the Week

Bishop Timon/St. Jude (N.Y.) at St. Joseph's Collegiate (N.Y.), May 1

All three losses this season for the Tigers have come to national (or international) powerhouse programs – Culver Academy (Ind.), Boys' Latin (Md.), and Hill Academy (Ontario, Canada). Timon is arguably the strongest program in the greater Buffalo region and after dispatching rival Canisius (N.Y.), 22-6, last week, the Tigers will re-kindle a rivalry with St. Joe's. The Marauders are 5-2 with their losses coming against Corning (N.Y.) and Pittsford (N.Y.) this season. The Tigers and Marauders split their regular season matchups last season with St. Joe's winning 13-12 in overtime in the first meeting and Timon securing a 15-2 win in the second. The Tigers cruised to an 18-8 win to earn the Monsignor Martin (Buffalo-area private school) title over St. Joe's to end the season.

Northeast Region Top 10

1. Smithtown West (N.Y), 11-0
The Bulls remained undefeated by going 2-0 last week, posting an 8-2 win over Ward Melville (N.Y.) and a 9-3 win over Hauppauge (N.Y.). Ryan Keenan totaled six goals and an assist and Matt Smidt stopped 22 shots in the two wins. Smithtown West faces rival Smithtown East (N.Y.) (9-2) and Middle Country (N.Y.) (1-10) this week.

2. Darien (Conn.), 6-0
The Blue Wave cruised to a pair of wins over Fairfield-Warde (Conn.), 12-5, and Wilton (Conn.), 17-6, last week. Wilton ended Darien's season in the state quarterfinals last year. Kyle Cornell scored four goals and Jack Kniffen had two goals and two assists in the Fairfield-Warde win. Peter Lindley finished with four goals and two assists, and Harry Gillespie added a goal and four assists in the Wilton win. Darien faces St. Joseph-Trumbull (Conn), Danbury (Conn.), and New Canaan (Conn.) this week.

3. Chaminade (N.Y.), 8-1
Senior Sean Cerrone scored with two seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Flyers to an 8-7 win over St. Anthony's (N.Y.). Cerrone and Brendan Kearns each scored twice. Yorktown (N.Y.) stifled Chaminade later in the week, escaping with a 5-3 win. Chaminade faces St. John the Baptist (N.Y.) and Greenwich (Conn.) this week.

4. Niskayuna (N.Y.), 8-1
The Silver Warriors went 2-0 last week. Niskayuna started the week with a 17-7 win over Shenendehowa (N.Y.) and closed the week with an impressive 9-6 win over Duxbury (Mass.). Lucas Quinn netted three goals, and Mike D'Amario, who has 37 goals and 15 assists in nine games this season, and Jon Prendergrast each had two goals in the Duxbury win. The Silver Warriors face Albany-area foes Burnt Hills (N.Y.), Colonie Central (N.Y.), and Columbia (N.Y.) this week.

5. Massapequa (N.Y.), 9-2
Since dropping a 6-5 triple-overtime decision to Garden City (N.Y.), the Chiefs have won seven straight. Massapequa defeated Syosset (N.Y.), 18-6, and East Meadow (N.Y.), 15-5, last week. Jim Byrns totaled 10 goals and two assists and Ian Kirby added seven goals and four assists in the two wins for Massapequa. Massapequa will meet Plainview JFK (N.Y.) and Hicksville (N.Y.) this week.

6. Garden City (N.Y.), 9-2
The Trojans rebounded from a loss to Ridgefield (Conn.) with wins over South Side (N.Y.) and Long Beach (N.Y.). Garden City topped South Side, 6-1, and Long Beach, 7-4. Danny Dolan registered 25 saves in the two wins for Garden City, which faces Division-Levittown (N.Y.) and Manhasset (N.Y.) this week.

7. Yorktown (N.Y.), 9-2
The Cornhuskers have only dropped games to Ward Melville (N.Y.) and McDonogh (Md.) this season. Yorktown moves into the regional rankings after a stellar 2-0 week that included a 16-6 win over Mahopac (N.Y.) and a 5-3 win over previously top-ranked and unbeaten Chaminade (N.Y.). Nick DelBene scored a season-high five goals against Mahopac. Rutgers recruit Connor Vercruysse scored a game-high four goals and Austin Graham recorded 11 saves in the Chaminade win. Yorktown has matchups with Ridgefield (Conn.) and Lakeland-Panas (N.Y.) this week. Games with Darien (Conn.) and St. Anthony's (N.Y.) loom next week.

8. Ridgefield (Conn.), 5-1
Fresh off a 7-5 win over Garden City (N.Y.), the Tigers were unchallenged last week. Ridgefield posted a 20-7 win over Wilton (Conn.), the defending Class M state champion, and a 20-3 win over Stamford (Conn.). Simon Mathias finished with four goals and four assists and Nick Esemplare scored four goals in the Wilton win. The Tigers have a busy upcoming week with games against Staples-Westport (Conn.), Yorktown (N.Y.), and Danbury (Conn.).

9. Pittsford (N.Y.), 9-0
With impressive wins over St. Joseph's Collegiate (N.Y.), Duxbury (Mass.), and Marcellus (N.Y.) already to their credit, the Panthers move into the regional rankings after going 3-0 during their spring break. The Panthers are coached by former Irondequoit and University of Maryland All-American Andrew Whipple. Pittsford defeated Corning (N.Y.), 11-10, in overtime last week. The Panthers followed that with an 11-3 win over Rush-Henrietta (N.Y.) and a 12-6 win over Orchard Park (N.Y.). Jon Perotto, who finished with four goals, scored the game-winner in overtime off a feed from Stephen Quinzi (Georgetown) against Corning. Pittsford faces Irondequoit (N.Y.), Hilton (N.Y.), and McQuaid (N.Y.) this week.

10. Greenwich (Conn.), 7-1
The Cardinals went 2-1 last week. They topped Staples-Westport (Conn.), 5-3, lost to unranked Fairfield Prep (Conn.), 12-11, and toppled Lakeland/Panas (N.Y.), 9-8. Tommy Rogan recorded 12 saves in the Staples-Westport win. Fairfield Prep (5-2) has only lost to Duxbury (Mass.) and Delbarton (N.J.) this year. The Jesuits scored six-straight goals in the second half to seize control. Decker Curran led the Cardinals with four goals in the Fairfield Prep loss.

Notes

Peter Fiorini became the fifth Section III (Syracuse area) coach to reach 400 career wins last week as his Baldwinsville (N.Y.) team secured a 14-7 win over Cicero-North Syracuse. Fiorini, 58, has already announced he is retiring at the end of the season. He has been the head coach at Baldwinsville since 1979.

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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