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June 10, 2014

Nike/US Lacrosse Northeast Region Report

by Will Cleveland | LaxMagazine.com

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Player of the Week 

Ian Kirby, Massapequa (N.Y.)

Kirby totaled seven goals and three assists over two games to lead the Chiefs to their first Class A state title. Kirby had four goals and two assists in a 23-9 win over Niskayuna in the semifinals. He tallied three goals and one assist in a 16-2 win over Fayetteville-Manlius in the state championship. All of his points in the state championship came in a 4 minute, 20 second stretch in the third quarter. Kirby, a Towson commit, had 45 goals and 32 assists this season.

Also Notable: Luke Palmadesso, Yorktown (N.Y.); Griffin Johnson, Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.); Henry Grass, Bronxville (N.Y.).

Game of the Week

Ridgefield (Conn.) vs. Greenwich (Conn.), Class L state semifinals, June 11

It will be an all-FCIAC semifinal when Ridgefield and Greenwich square off for the third time this season. Each of the previous two meetings, including one in the FCIAC semifinals, has gone to Greenwich. The Tigers posted an 8-7 quadruple-overtime victory on April 15. Greenwich topped Ridgefield, 8-7, in overtime in the FCIAC semifinal meeting on May 27. So with a five overtimes and just two goals separating them, this one should come down to the very end and it could be another instant classic. Kyle Foote netted the overtime winner in the FCIAC semifinal matchup. He finished with four goals in that game. Decker Curran scored with 26.8 seconds left in the fourth OT to lift the Cardinals in the regular-season meeting. Staples (Conn.) and Amity (Conn.) meet in the early semifinal.

Northeast Region Top 10

1. Darien (Conn.), 21-0

Top-seeded Darien rolled into the Class M state semifinals with a 19-5 win over eighth-seeded Notre Dame West Haven (Conn.) in the quarterfinals. Jack Kniffin and Peter Lindley each netted four goals in the win. Darien posted a 21-2 win over Stratford (Conn.) in the first round. The Blue Wave meets No. 13 Daniel Hand in the state semifinals on Wednesday.

2. Chaminade (N.Y.), 13-3

The season is over for the Flyers. They won the CHSAA AAA title over St. Anthony's on May 22. Sean Cerrone led the team with 48 points on 34 goals and 14 assists this year.

3. Greenwich (Conn.), 18-3

Luke Finneran finished with four goals and Will Perry added two goals and two assists to power Greenwich to a 9-8 win over Fairfield Prep (Conn.) in the Class L state quarterfinals. The Cardinals posted a 12-4 win over Fairfield-Ludlowe (Conn.) in the first round of the state playoffs. Greenwich meets rival Ridgefield (Conn.) in the state semifinals.

4. Massapequa (N.Y.), 19-2

The Chiefs claimed their first state championship and cemented their claim as the top team in New York public play. Massapequa topped Fayetteville-Manlius (N.Y.), 16-2, in the Class A state final. The Chiefs advanced to the final with an impressive 23-9 win over Niskayuna (N.Y.) in the semifinals. Ian Kirby totaled three goals and one assist and Nick Yevoli added three goals as the Chiefs held F-M scoreless for the final three quarters.

5. St. Anthony's (N.Y.), 13-5

The Friars finished the year as CHSAA AAA runners-up after falling 13-6 to Chaminade. Joe Licciardi led the team with 41 points on 32 goals and nine assists.

6. Yorktown (N.Y.), 18-5

The Cornhuskers catapult into the regional rankings after winning the Class B state championship last weekend. Yorktown posted a 9-6 win over Lynbrook (N.Y.) in the state semifinals and then outlasted Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.), 10-9, in the state championship game. It was the first state championship in 11 years for the Cornhuskers. Yorktown now owns seven state titles. Tournament MVP Luke Palmadesso won 19 of 23 faceoffs for Yorktown. Nicky Bonitatibus, Connor Vercruysse, and Nick Del Bene each scored twice in the win.

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

The Red Rams lost in the Class B state championship game for the second straight year as they fell 10-9 to Yorktown. Senior Griffin Feiner scored with 49 seconds left to pull J-D to within 10-9. Feiner, who averaged four goals a game, was limited to one. Sophomore Grayson Burns netted four goals for the Red Rams. J-D advanced to the state championship game with a 17-13 win over Victor (N.Y.). Victor led 11-6 midway through the third quarter. Griffin Johnson led the Red Rams with three goals and five assists.

8. Niskayuna (N.Y.), 19-2

The Silver Warriors season ended with a 23-9 loss to eventual Class A champ Massapequa in the semifinals. Michael D'Amario finished the year with 82 goals and 38 asssists and led the team in points and goals.

9. Ridgefield (Conn.), 16-4

The Cardinals posted an 8-5 win over Xavier (Conn.) in the first round of the Class L state playoffs. Ridgefield followed that with a 9-4 win over Fairfield-Warde (Conn.) in the quarterfinals. Will Bonaparte finished with three goals and one assist in the quarterfinal win.

10. Bronxville (N.Y.), 18-6

The Broncos were 10-6 before closing the season with eight straight wins that culminated in the Class C state championship. Bronxville met Cazenovia in the state championship for the second straight year. But unlike last year when the Broncos suffered a 13-11 loss, they scored five goals in the final nine minutes to secure a 13-10 win. The Broncos earned their first state title. Henry Grass finished with two goals and five assists and Michael Crawford and Matt Behrens each added three goals and one assists for the Broncos, who advanced to the state final with a 13-7 win over Babylon (N.Y.).

News and Notes

Bishop Guertin (18-2) and Pinkerton Academy (17-3) meet for the New Hampshire Division I state title on Wednesday night. The two teams squared off in last season's state title game. Bishop Guertin won that championship game and has won the past four state crowns. The Cardinals upended the Astros, 14-11, in the regular season. BG's two losses this season are to Duxbury (Mass.) and LaSalle Academy (R.I.).

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Top-seeded Bedford (20-0) will seeks it third straight New Hampshire Division II state title after defeating Bow (N.H.) for the second straight year in the semifinals. This time, the Bulldogs won cruised to a 15-4 win. Bedford, which has won 60 straight games, meets third-seeded Goffstown (N.H.) in the championship game for the second straight season. Bedford won 16-2 last year.

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Trevor Cross recorded 12 saves and Cole Willard had three goals and one assist as Cazenovia (N.Y.) dropped a 13-10 decision to Bronxville in the Class C state championship game. Derek White scored with 10:35 remaining to give the Lakers a 10-8 lead. The loss snapped Cazenovia's 34-game winning streak. Cazenovia, which was seeking its second straight state crown and third in four years, advanced to the final with an 8-6 win over Penn Yan (N.Y.). The Lakers defeated the Mustangs in last season's state semifinals.

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Fayetteville-Manlius (N.Y.) capped their season with their first appearance in the regional rankings. F-M posted a 10-9 overtime win in the state semifinals over Fairport (N.Y.). Massapequa dropped F-M, 16-2, to win the Class A state championship. The Hornets were in the state final for the first time since 1993. Senior Jack Wilson scored six goals, including the winner with 11 seconds left in overtime, in the Fairport win.

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