Nike/LM HS Northeast Report: Manhasset Vaults Ahead
In the de facto round-robin tournament in Nassau County Class B girls' lacrosse last week, defending state champion Manhasset (N.Y.) reigned supreme.
The week started with three undefeated teams in Manhasset (N.Y.), Garden City (N.Y.), and Wantagh (N.Y.). And when the week ended, the Indians stood as the only undefeated team in Section VIII and the frontrunner to repeat as state champs.
"It's great for the kids," Manhasset coach Danielle Gallagher said. "It's definitely an accomplishment for the kids. We try to take it one game at a time, but they've definitely been looking forward to this week. You knew they were going to be tough games. Who knows what could have happened if there were five minutes more in either game."
The Indians topped Wantagh, 12-10. Then two days later, Manhasset secured a 10-9 win over perennial powerhouse Garden City.
Versatile midfielder Erin Barry netted the winner in each game for the Indians. She totaled seven goals in the two wins.
Nike/LM Northeast Girls' Top 10
1. Manhasset (N.Y.), 14-0
Skaneateles (N.Y.) demonstrated just how deep and explosive of a team it has with an 11-9 win at Class A West Genesee (N.Y.) last week. It was an impressive win for the defending Class C state champs, especially coming on the heels of an 11-8 loss to Class A Christian Brothers Academy (N.Y.). The Lakers also have losses to Manhasset (N.Y.) and Garden City (N.Y.) in early April. Kyla Sears netted three of her game-high five goals in the second half to help the Lakers rally from a three-goal halftime deficit in the win over West Genesee.
Victor (N.Y.) drops out of the regional rankings after suffering a surprising 9-8 loss to a 7-5 Irondequoit (N.Y.) team. Victor is still the team to beat in Section V Class B, but the Blue Devils still face big tests this week with games against Honeoye Falls-Lima (N.Y.), Webster Thomas (N.Y.), and Palmyra-Macedon (N.Y.).
Barry scored with 9:16 left to stake the Indians to an 11-9 lead and then added another goal with 32 seconds left to ice the win over the Warriors.
"In the Wantagh game, I definitely don't think we played our best," Gallagher said. "We definitely got in a position where we were not comfortable, but we've had a couple of situations like that this year and the kids have dug out of it. That's a testament to them and their will to give it everything they've got."
Barry followed up her Wantagh heroics with the overtime winner to lift the Indians over the Trojans. Barry scored with 1:11 left in overtime off a feed from Kellen D'Alleva as the Indians secured their second straight one-goal win over Garden City.
D'Alleva finished with five goals and five assists, and Lindsey Ronbeck added seven goals and one assist in the wins for Manhasset. Madison Foglio stopped a combined 14 shots for the Indians.
"Our team defense has been really strong all year," Gallagher said. "When teams score on us, they're earning them."
Girls' Player(s) of the Week
Samantha McKenna and Meredith Strott, Christian Brothers Academy (N.Y.)
The sophomore attackers each finished with three goals to power the Brothers to an impressive 11-8 win over defending Class C state champion Skaneateles last week. CBA was the runner-up in Class B last season. The Brothers were pushed up to Class A this season and will likely face West Genesee (N.Y.) in the Section III tournament at some point.
Also notable: Taylor VanThof (Livonia, N.Y.), Jourdan Roemer (Irondequoit, N.Y.), Katie Cronin (Darien, Conn.).
Girls' Games to Watch
Manhasset (N.Y.) at Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.), Tuesday
The Seahawks (10-4) have the opportunity to end the regular season on a high note as they welcome Northeast top-ranked Manhasset (14-0) to town on Tuesday. Cold Spring Harbor lost in last year's state title game to Skaneateles, and Manhasset topped Cold Spring Harbor, 19-13, in a regular-season game last season. It should be a quality way to end the regular season as each team prepares to defend its Nassau County (Section VIII) titles.
Watertown (N.Y.) at South Jefferson (N.Y.), Wednesday
The Spartans (9-3) are riding high, coming off a 20-10 win over Irondequoit (N.Y.). South Jefferson is arguably the second best Class C team in Central New York behind defending state champ Skaneateles (N.Y.). South Jefferson has won five straight since suffering an 11-10 loss to undefeated Watertown (12-0) on April 15. This should be another quality late-season matchup.
Colin Minicus helped No. 3 Darien earn a big win over Yorktown last week to earn Player of the Week honors (photo via Darien Athletic Foundation)
Nike/LM Northeast Boys' Top 10
Boys' Player of the Week
Colin Minicus, Darien (Conn.)
The junior attackman recorded six points on three goals and three assists to help the Blue Wave secure a 15-3 win over Yorktown (N.Y.) in the sixth Tom Lener Memorial Game. The win also featured a breakout performance form Darien's Jake Kirby (three goals, one assist).
Also notable: Colby Barker (Pittsford, N.Y.), TD Ierlan (Victor, N.Y.), Rocco Sutherland (Northport, N.Y.), Jake Richardson (Connetquot, N.Y.).
1. Massapequa (N.Y.), 14-0
2. Syosset (N.Y.), 13-1
3. Darien (N.Y.), 9-0
4. Chaminade (N.Y.), 11-2
5. Ward Melville (N.Y.), 11-2
6. Pittsford (N.Y.), 13-0
7. Northport (N.Y.), 12-1
8. Smithtown East (N.Y.), 12-1
9. St. Anthony's (N.Y.), 9-3
10. West Genesee (N.Y.), 11-1
Ward Melville (N.Y.) secured one of its best wins this season, topping Chaminade (N.Y.), 7-5. Owen McAvoy and Corey Aviles each netted two goals for the Patriots, while D.J. Kellerman stopped 13 shots for the win. Since dropping a 7-6 decision to Northport (N.Y.) on April 22, Ward Melville has won four in a row and has positioned itself as the team to beat in Section XI Class A. Ward Melville still faces a tough matchup with Ridgefield (Conn.) to start this week. Then the Patriots close the season with home games against William Floyd (N.Y.) and Commack (N.Y.).
West Genesee (N.Y.) took the biggest tumble in this week's regional rankings as the Wildcats dropped a 9-5 decision to Cazenovia (N.Y.). With the win, the Lakers cemented themselves as the top team in Central New York. Cole Willard, Alex Hunt and PJ Brown each netted two goals for the Lakers, who held the Wildcats scoreless in the third quarter to secure the win.
Boys' Games to Watch
Victor (N.Y.) at Pittsford (N.Y.), Thursday
This is the best matchup of the season in Section V (Rochester area). Both teams will most likely enter this game undefeated and are unquestionably the two teams best -positioned to make deep postseason runs. Pittsford's resume already includes impressive wins over Duxbury (Mass.) and Webster Thomas (N.Y.). The Panthers' lineup includes the Barker brothers, Colby and Brandon, who will both suit up for Ohio State. Victor might be the deepest team in Rochester, as Jamie Trimboli (Syracuse) leads the way.
Darien (Conn.) at New Canaan (Conn.), Saturday
In a matchup of two of Connecticut's top teams, the Blue Wave will travel to New Canaan (7-2). Darien is riding a 32-game winning streak into the week. The Rams, meanwhile, have positioned themselves as the top team in Connecticut Class M, as they boast wins over Ridgewood (N.J.) and Wilton (Conn.).
High School Highlights: Connetquot 10, Sachem North 6
The Bedford (N.H). boys' lacrosse team won its 69th straight game last week, posting a 9-3 win over Lexington (Mass.). Dakota Clark finished with two goals and one assist, and Sean Tierney recorded 11 saves in the win.
The streak now stands as the fifth longest all time. Bedford started the streak on April 13, 2012.
Cody Solmosy recorded a monster game, finishing with four goals and eight assists, to power Sachem East (N.Y.) to a 28-1 win over Brentwood (N.Y.) last month.
Goalie Matt DeLuca had a valiant effort in a loss to top-ranked Massapequa (N.Y.). The Farmingdale goalie finished with 21 saves in an 11-6 loss to Massapequa.
It was a great week for Johnson City (N.Y.) attackman Shane Majewski. He finished with six goals and one assist in an 18-1 win over Chenango Valley (N.Y.). Majewski, a senior who is headed to Robert Morris, now has over 300 career goals and 444 career points to set the Section IV (Binghamton/Ithaca area) career record, surpassing former Corning East (N.Y.) standout Casey Donegan.
Nike/LM HS Northeast Report Archive
- April 28: Long Island Reunion
- April 21: Showdown Looms
- April 14: Garden City's Hot Hand
- April 7: Manhasset Flexes Muscles
- March 31: 'Pequa Takes Early Showdown
- Preseason Top 10 and Players to Watch
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