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June 7, 2010

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National High School Boys' Notebook: West Islip Rolls on Big-Game Experience

by Jeff Seidel | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online

North Carolina-bound Nicky Galasso led West Islip to its seventh consecutive Suffolk County (N.Y.) title. The Lions meets Farmingdale on Tuesday for the Long Island championship.

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The West Islip Lions just keep on rolling.

They won the Suffolk County finals against Ward Melville on Thursday night, pulling away in the second half for a 16-9 victory. This was the second time they beat Ward Melville this season.

The victory improved the Lions’ record to 18-1 on the season, and they move to the next round, taking on the Farmingdale, which beat Massapequa for the Nassau County crown, on Tuesday at Hofstra in the state tournament.

This is the seventh consecutive county title for West Islip, and coach Scott Craig said last week that the number of kids he’s got with big game experience is a plus.

“I think it helps because of a few key kids on the team have been there a number of times,” he said. “I think…there’s a different type of pressure because everyone expects us to win.”

In addition, there’s a history with Ward Melville. This was the sixth straight year that the Lions have beaten Ward Melville in the finals.

That’s why Craig wanted his team to not think much about what happened earlier this season in an easy victory. Ward Melville was missing several players at the time because of disciplinary reasons.

“You’ve got to make sure you’re coming in with the same type of emotional level,” Craig said. “You’re playing for a county title and the right to go on to the state tournament.”

Coming into this game, All-Americans Nicky Galasso and Andrew Hodgson (both of whom play midfield and attack) led the offense. Galasso had 110 points on 54 goals and 56 assists. Hodgson helped with 77 points on 37 goals and 40 assists.

Galasso had four goals and four assists in this game in the win over Ward Melville. Hodgson added three goals and two assists. The Lions broke open a close game with a five-goal third period.

MID-ATLANTIC

Hereford’s boys continued their impressive streak this season by winning a third consecutive Maryland state title.

The Bulls beat a stubborn River Hill team in the Class 3A-2A state title game, 13-9, recently at UMBC, and Rustin Bryant led the way with a spectacular performance.

Hereford finished with a 20-1 record and earned its sixth state championship with this victory. The Bulls have developed into a solid, well-balanced program, one that’s confident in its abilities.

In fact, the team’s only loss came to Fallston back in March on a cold, windy night. Coach Brian King wasn’t too upset after that game, even though a win against their previous post-season rivals would have been nice.

“We’ll be fine,” King said then. “Let’s see what happens later.”

He was right on the money. The Bulls never lost another game. They rolled into the playoffs and never blinked.

But Bryant led the way in the championship game. He scored seven goals to help the Bulls beat out a tough River Hill team. That set a state record for Bryant, who will play his college lacrosse at Maryland.

WEST

Timberline did it again in Idaho.

For the second straight year, Timberline won the Idaho state title. The Wolves rolled to a 13-6 victory over Lake City, according to westsidelax.com.

This was the second consecutive year the two teams met in the final. Cody Cantrell and Nick Cox paced the Timberline offense by scoring four goals apiece.

Nash Cantrell helped with three goals as the Wolves finished the season with a 16-6 record.

Lake City (10-5) now has fallen in the state title game for three years in a row. Jesse Hansen led the way with four goals in the loss.

NORTHEAST

The quarterfinal rounds of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference began over the weekend with games in three divisions. In Division L, the showdowns were Staples-Simsbury, Fairfield Prep-Greenwich, Chesire-Newtown and Glastonbury-Xavier. Division M’s four games were New Fairfield-Avon, Conard-Guilford, Darien-Wilton, and New Canaan-Daniel Hand. In Division S, Ledyard-Northwest Catholic, Somers-St. Joseph, Weston-Old Lyme, Ellington-Stonington were the matchups.

Divison M might be the top flight. Darien, the defending division champ beat Wilton, 10-9, and will meet New Canaan, which knocked off Hand 10-5 and is in search of its first state title since 2003.

New Fairfield, a 14-3 winner over Avon, and Conard, a 9-5 winner over Guilford, will meet in the other semifinal.

For a full recap of other divisions, check out this writeup by MaxPreps.

SOUTH

Two players from the South region were picked for the fifth annual Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic set for Saturday, July 3 at Towson (Md.) University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium, according to ESPNRise.

T.J. Kemp and Jordan Smith are both headed to North Carolina in the fall – and both will be playing in this game.

Kemp is a midfielder from Chattanooga who played for McCallie. Smith is a defenseman who played at Forsyth Country Day and hails from Winston Salem.

The boys’ game takes place that night at 8 p.m. The girls play before that at 5:30 p.m.

North Carolina is tops in the country with eight recruits from this year’s graduating class being selected as high school All-Americans.


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