Nike/US Lacrosse Northeast Region Report
by Tom Peace | LaxMagazine.com
Top PerformersShelby Fredericks, Babylon (N.Y.)
Fredericks finished the 2013 season with 116 points. That total is top-10 throughout Long Island. Her 61 goals and 55 assists are also top 10 on the Island. The junior midfielder is committed to Northwestern.
Brooke Troy, Westwood (Mass.)
The sophomore led Westwood with four goals in the 16-4 win in the Mass state quarterfinals over Walpole (Mass.). Besides being a great lacrosse player, Troy is an avid skier. Troy made the 2012-13 Boston Globe Skiing All-Scholastics and was a top ranked skier in the Mass Bay Ski League East.
Lauren Steidl, Cape Elizabeth (Maine)
Steidl led the Capers with seven goals as Cape Elizabeth beat Yarmouth 14-12 on May 30. The win advanced the Capers to the West Class B Semifinals. Steidl is a 2012 US Lacrosse All-American. The senior attacker is committed to Princeton.
Games to Watch
CIAC Division L State Final — June 8
Glastonbury (Conn.) is the No. 1 seed and Darien (Conn.) is No. 2 in the Division L state tournament. Both have reached the final four and if both take care of business, will meet for the final on June 8. Glastonbury (17-1) has won seven straight. Darien (19-1) has been perfect since early April.
New York State championships — June 8
June 8 will decide much of the Northeast Top 10 and the national Top 25. Mt. Sinai, Manhasset and Farmingdale all reached their respective semifinals and are the favorites to win the Class C, B and A titles, but if this season has taught any lessons, it's that on paper means very little once the whistle blows. Wins or losses by any of the currently ranked teams will have wide-ranging impacts on the Northeast and national rankings.
1. St. Anthony's (N.Y.), 17-1
Season Complete: The Friars finish the season on top with a 16-6 win over St. Johns the Baptist (N.Y.) for the CHSAA Class AA title. Kasey Behr led the team with three goals and Maggie Bill had two goals and two assist in the championship game. St. Anthony's had impressive wins over St. Stephen's & Agnes (Va.) and Notre Dame Academy (Mass.) this season.
2. Westwood (Mass.), 21-0
The Wolverines are rolling with an undefeated record heading into the month of June. The new No. 2 team in the Northeast recently defeated Walpole in the South sectional quarterfinals 16-4. Senior Ela Hazar, who is committed to national champion North Carolina, had three goals and two assists for Westwood.
3. Mt. Sinai (N.Y.), 18-0
The Mustangs won the Long Island Class C championship with a 12-7 victory over North Shore on June 2. Sydney Pirreca, Shayna Pirreca and Danielle DellaRocca each scored three goals in the win. Mt. Sinai defeated Shoreham-Wading River 7-3 to claim the Suffolk County Class C title earlier in the week. Caroline Fitzgerald and Kasey Mitchell each had two goals in the victory. The Mustangs remain undefeated and move into the Top 3 this week.
4. Manhasset (N.Y.), 16-3
Natalie Stefan scored four goals and Julia Glynn had three goals and an assist to lead Manhasset to the Long Island Class B championship on June 2. Sara Phillips powered the Indians to a Nassau County Class B Championship over Garden City, with three goals and an assist as Manhasset won 14-8 on May 30.
5. Garden City (N.Y.), 17-2
Season Complete: The Trojans lost to Manhasset in the Nassau County Class B championship 14-8. The loss snaps an eight-year hold on the title. GC's Tara DeAngelo had three goals in the defeat.
6. Darien (Conn.), 19-1
The Blue Wave have been perfect since early April. Darien won and repeated as the FCIAC champion with a 12-10 win over New Canaan on May 25. Jenna Fritts had seven points in the game and was named MVP. The Blue Wave has made it to the CIAC L Division state semifinal where they face Hall-West Hartford (Conn.) on June 4.
7. Christian Brothers (N.Y.) 17-2
CBA enters the Top 10 after defeating Watertown (N.Y.) 23-4 for their third-straight sectional championship on May 28. Maria Romeo had a four-goal game for CBA. And then on June 1, The Brothers beat Vestal 21-2 to advance to the Class B State Final Four. Romeo and Rachal Peria each had four goals apiece.
8. Farmingdale (N.Y.) 13-3
The Dalers are back in the Top 10 this week after first defeating Massapequa 11-9 in the Nassau County Class A Championship on May 30 then defeating Bay Shore (N.Y.) 12-11 in the Long Island Class A championship. Nadine Hadnagy scored four goals and added two assists and Olivia Kirk made 10 saves to lead Farmingdale over Bay Shore. Amanda Turturro lead the way with four goals and two assists in the win over Massapequa. It's Farmingdale's eighth-straight Nassau County Class A girls lacrosse championship.
9. Bay Shore (N.Y.), 18-2
Season Complete: The Marauders won the Suffolk Class A championship after defeating Ward Melville 16-8 on May 31. Midfielder Cynthia DelCore (USC) led the team with seven goals. Bay Shore's season ended with a 12-11 loss to Farmingdale in the Long Island Class A championship on June 2. DelCore and Kyra Harney each scored three goals in the loss.
10. Eastport-South Manor (N.Y.), 15-5
Season Complete: The Sharks won nine straight games, including the Suffolk County Class B championship until its loss to Manhasset in the Long Island Class B championship. ESM claimed the Suffolk title with a 10-6 win over Sayville (N.Y.). Kristin Anderson had four goals and Marissa Gurello punched in three goals and assist for the Sharks. An 11-7 loss to Manhasset in the Long Island title game ended their season. Dakota Mason scored three goals in the loss.
News and Notes
The dominant Friars
St. Anthony's worked hard to reach the top of the Northeast Top 10 this season.
The Friars ranked in the Top 20 in the Laxpower.com strength of schedule rankings.
A team that never shied away from anybody this season defeated four teams in the Nike/US Lacrosse National Top 25. The wins over St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) and Garden City (N.Y.) cemented the Friars in the No. 2 spot of the national rankings.
St. Anthony's averaged 14.17 goals a game and allowed only an average of 7.78.
Maggie Bill finished the season with 83 points, Isabella Mangan had 50 and Kasey Behr netted 38. Bill was among the Top 20 on Long Island with 65 goals.
Note: The Nike/US Lacrosse Regional rankings will not necessarily reflect the same order as the Nike/US Lacrosse National Top 25 poll, which is voted on by US Lacrosse area representatives and Lacrosse Magazine contributors. LM contributors compile the regional rankings.