Nike/US Lacrosse Northeast Region Report
by Will Cleveland | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Bobby Burns, Smithtown East (N.Y.)
The freshman midfielder scored with 15 left in regulation after getting a feed from junior John Daniggelis to lift Smithtown East (11-2) to an improbable 11-10 win over previously top-ranked Smithtown West (12-1). West led 9-5 with 10 minutes remaining in the game. It was Burns' only goal of the game and just his ninth goal of the season. Burns, who has already committed to Penn State, caught the ball inside and finished off the pass from Daniggelis. Sophomore Gerald Arceri won 19 of 23 face-offs to keep East in the game. Arceri is also committed to Penn State.
Game of the Week
Marcellus (N.Y.) at Cazenovia (N.Y.), May 8
Two of the top Class C teams in Section III meet up for this first – and possibly not the last – time this season. The Lakers (12-0), the defending Class C state champs, have won 24 straight, while the Mustangs have won four straight since dropping an 11-10 decision to Pittsford (N.Y.). Dating back to 2008, the Mustangs have dropped nine straight games to the Lakers. Under first-year head coach Marc Cizenski, Marcellus (8-2) is quietly having a strong season, one that features wins over strong squads from Auburn (N.Y.), Skaneateles (N.Y.), and Westhill (N.Y.). Cizenski is a former All-American at both West Genesee (N.Y.) and Le Moyne. Sophomore Matt Hutchings leads a balanced offensive attack for the Mustangs with 26 goals and 12 assists. Junior PJ Brown, a Loyola commit, paces the Lakers with 34 goals and 20 assists, while sophomore Cole Willard, a Penn State commit, has 32 goals and 14 assists.
Northeast Region Top 10
1. Darien (Conn.), 9-0
Through a tumultuous month of April, the Blue Wave has emerged with a perfect record while many other teams have slipped up. A year after going 12-8, Darien is now 9-0. The Blue Wave went 3-0 last week with wins over St. Joseph-Trumbull (Conn.), Danbury (Conn.), and New Canaan (Conn.). Darien closed the week with an 11-10 overtime decision against the Rams (who have only lost to St. Anthony's (N.Y.), Greenwich (Conn.), and now Darien this season). John Reed scored 59 seconds into overtime to lift the Blue Wave. Peter Lindley finished with three goals and one assist and Phil Huffard stopped 10 shots for Darien. Darien faces a challenging slate this week with games against Trumbull (Conn.), Yorktown (N.Y.), and Greenwich.
2. Niskayuna (N.Y.), 11-1
Since dropping an 8-7 decision to Darien, the Silver Warriors have won seven straight, including a perfect 3-0 record last week. Niskayuna topped Burnt Hills (N.Y.), Colonie (N.Y.), and Columbia (N.Y.) last week, allowing just eight goals total in the three wins. Senior attackman Michael D'Amario totaled 13 goals and six assists in the three wins, including a seven-goal effort against Colonie. Twelve different players scored in the 19-2 win over Burnt Hills. Niskayuna plays at both Saratoga Springs (N.Y.) and Ballston Spa (N.Y.) this week.
3. Smithtown West (N.Y.), 12-1
Freshman Bobby Burns scored with 15 seconds left in regulation to send Smithtown East (N.Y.) to an 11-10 win over previously unbeaten and top-ranked Smithtown West. Ryan Keenan led West with three goals and one assist. West rebounded with a 15-3 win over Middle Country (N.Y.). Keenan surpassed a school record with 12 points on five goals and seven assists, eclipsing the record of 11 set by Rob Pannell in 2007. Smithtown West faces Northport (N.Y.) and Sachem East (N.Y.) this week.
4. Chaminade (N.Y.), 9-2
The previously top-ranked Flyers went 1-1 last week. They topped St. John the Baptist (N.Y.), 13-5, and fell to Greenwich (Conn.), 12-6. Carney Mahon registered three goals and one assist in the win over St. John the Baptist. Sean Cerrone tallied two goals in the Greenwich loss. The Flyers play at St. Anthony's (N.Y.) and Fairfield Prep (Conn.) this week.
5. Greenwich (Conn.), 10-1
It was a fantastic week for the Cardinals. Greenwich opened the week with a 16-3 win over Stamford (Conn.). Greenwich snapped a four-game losing streak to rival New Canaan (Conn.) with an 11-8 win. Two of those losses came in the postseason. Luke Finneran registered two goals and four assists in the win. Finneran then tallied four goals and one assist to lead the Cardinals to a 12-6 win over Chaminade (N.Y.), which defeated the Cardinals easily the past two seasons. The Cardinals host Bronxville (N.Y.) and play at Darien (Conn.) this week.
6. Garden City (N.Y.) 10-2
The Trojans had a very quiet week. Garden City posted a 15-1 win over Division (N.Y.) in its only game of the week. Luke McDaid led the Trojans with four assists, while JP Basile and Cody George each added two goals and one assist. The Trojans play at Jericho (N.Y.) this week to close out the regular season.
7. Ridgefield (Conn.), 8-2
Since a four-overtime loss to Greenwich, the Tigers have won seven straight. Ridgefield went 3-0 last week with wins over Staples-Westport (Conn.), Yorktown (N.Y.), and Danbury (Conn.). Junior attackman Ryan Dunn scored three goals and senior Brendan Winne recoreded 10 saves in the Yorktown win. The Tigers dropped a 9-2 decision to Summit (N.J.) on Monday. Summit is 15-1 now. The Tigers face Westhill (Conn.) and John Jay-Cross River (N.Y.) this week.
8. Yorktown (N.Y.), 9-3
Yorktown (N.Y.) went 1-1 last week, dropping a 7-4 decision to Ridgefield (Conn.) and securing a 12-10 win over Lakeland/Panas (N.Y.). Connor Vercruysse had two goals and one assist against Ridgefield in game that was tied 3-3 at halftime. Vercruysse finished with four goals and one assist to help Yorktown rebound against L/P. The Cornhuskers host top-ranked Darien (Conn.) on Thursday.
9. Massapequa (N.Y.), 11-2
The Chiefs, who have won nine straight, cruised to a 2-0 week, posting wins over Plainview JRK (N.Y.), 15-4, and Hickville (N.Y.), 12-4. Jim Byrns totaled seven goals and two assists and Craig Berge added nine assists for the Chiefs. Massapequa closes out the regular season with games against Calhoun (N.Y.) and MacArthur-Levittown (N.Y.).
10. Pittsford (N.Y.), 11-0
The Panthers improved to 11-0 with wins over Irondequoit (N.Y.) and McQuaid (N.Y.). Pittsford topped the Eagles, 15-3, and followed that with an 8-6 win over the Knights. Pittsford faces a very challenging slate this week with games against the other top two teams in the Monroe County (Rochester area) league. The Panthers play at Fairport (N.Y.) and Victor (N.Y.).
A year after going 6-10, Rocky Point (N.Y.) has established itself as one of the best teams in Suffolk County. The Eagles are 11-1 and have impressive wins over Smithtown East (N.Y.) and Huntington (N.Y.) already to their credit this season. Senior attackman Justin Reh, an Albany recruit, had two goals and five assists to power the Eagles to a 17-6 win over Hampton Bays (N.Y.) last week. The Eagles face Eastport/South Manor (N.Y.) and Sayville (N.Y.) this week.
Trailing 9-5 with 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Smithtown East (N.Y.) rallied for an improbable 11-10 win over previously top-ranked Smithtown West (N.Y.). Freshman Bobby Burns scored with 15 seconds left to cap the comeback. Billy McEnroe recorded 11 saves, the last of which came on a low shot as time expired. McEnroe stopped eight shots as East shut out Sachem East (N.Y.) in the first half en route to a 13-2 win. East plays at Bay Shore (N.Y.) and hosts Middle Country (N.Y.) this week.
2014 Northeast Region Report Archive
- February 25 - Preseason Top 10/Player of the Year Watch List
- March 25
- April 1
- April 8
- April 15
- April 22
- April 29
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