Nike/US Lacrosse Northeast Region Report
by Will Cleveland | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Phil Huffard, Goalie, Darien (Conn.)
Huffard, a third-year varsity starter who has committed to the admissions process at Yale, has been a rock for the now the top-ranked Blue Wave all season. He just put together one of his best weeks of the season, backstopping Darien to a pair of wins of ranked opponents. In a 12-6 win over St. Anthony's (N.Y.), Huffard stopped 14 shots. And in the 5-4 win over Ridgefield (Conn.), Huffard saved his best for last. He stuffed a point-blank shot by Simon Mathias with 7.7 seconds remaining in regulation to clinch the win. He finished with seven saves.
Also Notable: Carney Mahon (Chaminade); Ryan Keenan (Smithtown West); Adam DiMillo (Bishop Timon/St. Jude); Connor Fields (Bishop Timon/St. Jude); Tommy Heidt (Greenwich).
Game of the Week
No. 5 Farmingdale (N.Y.) vs. No. 1 Massapequa (N.Y.), May 21, Section VIII (Nassau County) Class A Tournament semifinals at Hofstra
Since dropping two straight games in late March to Garden City (N.Y.) and Chaminade (N.Y.), the Chiefs won 12 in a row. Massapequa has won each of its last eight games by at least eight goals. The Chiefs topped the Dalers (11-5), 12-6, on April 11. In that regular season meeting, the Chiefs seized control with a five-goal first quarter. Paul Dilena had four goals and one assist and Ian Kirby added three goals and two assists in the win. Tom Kennedy paced the Dalers with two goals and one assist. The Chiefs have won four straight against the Dalers. Farmingdale's last win came in the 2011 sectional championship game. That Farmingdale team went onto win the Class A state championship. Sixth-seeded Hicksville (N.Y.) and second-seeded Syosset (N.Y.) will match up in the other Class A semifinal.
Northeast Region Top 10
1. Darien (Conn.), 15-0
The Blue Wave strengthened their stranglehold on the top spot with another impressive week, posting a 12-6 win against St. Anthony's (N.Y.) and a 5-4 win over Ridgefield (Conn.). Goalie Phil Huffard stopped 14 shots and Peter Lindley and Colin Minicus each added three goals and two assists in the win over the Friars. Huffard made a number of clutch saves to clinch the win over Ridgefield. Darien closes the regular season at Westhill (Conn.).
2. Niskayuna (N.Y.), 15-1
The Silver Warriors closed their regular season slate with a pair of wins over Shenendehowa (N.Y.) and Burnt Hills (N.Y.). Niskayuna escaped with a 12-10 win over Shenendehowa and then blanked Burnt Hills, 22-0. Michael D'Amario totaled 10 goals and five assists in the two wins. Niskayuna opens defense of its Section II (Albany region) Class A title against LaSalle Institute (N.Y.) on Tuesday.
3. Ridgefield (Conn.). 12-3
The Tigers went 2-1 last week, defeating Trumbull (Conn.) and Brien McMahon-Norwalk (Conn.) by a combined score of 40-3. Darien tripped up the Tigers, 5-4, to close out the week. Dylan Maher scored twice and Brendan Winne stopped eight shots in the Darien loss. The Tigers finish up their regular season at Norwalk (Conn.) on Tuesday.
4. Greenwich (Conn.), 13-2
The Cardinals rebounded from their 10-4 loss to Darien with a pair of wins over Brien McMahon-Norwalk (Conn.) and a shutout of Trinity Catholic (Conn.). Greenwich wraps up its regular season on Tuesday at Trumbull (Conn.).
5. Smithtown West (N.Y.), 15-1
The Bulls finished the regular season with a 9-6 win over Bay Shore (N.Y.). West claimed its first Suffolk County Division I title. Ryan Keenan had two goals and six assists in the win. West begins play in the Section XI (Suffolk County) Class A Tournament this week.
6. St. Anthony's (N.Y.), 13-4
The Friars went 1-1 last week, dropping a 12-6 decision to top-ranked Darien (Conn.) and posting a 10-6 win over Kellenberg (N.Y.) Brendan Homire had three goals and one assist in the Kellenberg win.
7. Garden City (N.Y.), 15-2
The Trojans posted a 10-3 win over Wantagh (N.Y.) in their first game of the Section VIII Class B Tournament. Luke McDaid finished with three goals and one assist and Kieran Byrnes added two goals and two assists for Garden City. The top-seeded Trojans will meet No. 4 Manhasset in the sectional semifinals on Wednesday.
8. Fairport (N.Y.), 14-2
Out of a jumbled mass of teams in Section V (Rochester area), The Red Raiders have established themselves as the top team with sectional tournaments beginning this week. Fairport, which resumé already includes wins over Pittsford (N.Y.), West Genesee (N.Y.), and Penfield, closed the regular season with wins over Rush-Henrietta (N.Y.) and Victor (N.Y.). Dan McAvoy and Justin Kesselring each finished with three goals and two assists for Fairport, which had six different goal-scorers in an 11-7 win over Victor (13-3). Joey Scalise stopped 15 shots for the win. Fairport received a first-round bye in the Class A tournament and will play in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
9. Massapequa (N.Y.), 14-2
The Chiefs cruised in their postseason opener, posting a 15-4 win over Calhoun (N.Y.) in the first round of the Section VIII (Nassau County) Class A Tournament. Jim Byrns finished with three goals and two assists in the win. The top-seeded Chiefs will square off with fifth-seeded Farmingdale (N.Y.) in the sectional semifinals on Wednesday at Hofstra.
10. Chaminade (N.Y.), 12-3
After dropping two straight earlier this month, the Flyers have rebounded with three straight wins. Most impressively, the Flyers knocked off New Jersey powerhouse Delbarton, 9-8, on Saturday. Delbarton is 15-3. Carney Mahon scored with 1:40 left in the second overtime to lift Chaminade. James Roberts, who has scored just six goals all season, tied the game at 8-8 with 30 seconds left in regulation. Mahon finished with two goals and two assists. A showdown with rival St. Anthony's (N.Y.) looms on Friday. The Flyers and Friars have split their two regular-season matches this season with each team posting an 8-7 win.
News and Notes
Cazenovia (N.Y.), the defending Class C state champ, closed its regular season at 16-0. Despite losing All-American Connor Cannizzaro (Maryland), the Lakers have thrived this season and have now won 28 straight games. Cazenovia opens the Section III (Syracuse area) Tournament against Tully (N.Y.) on Tuesday. Jamesville-DeWitt (14-2) claimed the top seed in Class B, while Fayetteville-Manlius (13-3) is the top seed in the Class A field in Section III. West Genesee (11-5), which is riding a three-game losing streak, is the second seed in Class A.
2014 Northeast Region Report Archive
- February 25 - Preseason Top 10/Player of the Year Watch List
- March 25
- April 1
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