Nike/US Lacrosse Northeast Region Report
by Tom Peace | LaxMagazine.com
Ryan Keenan, Smithtown West (N.Y.)
The attackman is off to a terrific junior season for Smithtown West. Keenan has 22 points including a three-goal, eight-assist performance against West Babylon (N.Y.) on March 25. Keenan set a career-high in assists in one game and tied school record for most points in a game with a 11 (shared with Rob Pannell). Smithtown West is off to a 3-0 start and Keenan looks to keep the Bulls in the win column.
Jay Darpeau, Westford Academy (Mass.)
The junior attackman looks to have a big season for the Grey Ghosts. Westford Academy opened its season on March 28 and Drapeau, who is Loyola-bound, had a huge game with four goals and three assists in a 11-6 win over Billerica (Mass.). In 2012 Drapeau scored 136 points (102 goals and 33 assists).
Blake Boudreau, Bishop Guertin (N.H.)
Boudreau has a quick pinch and pull on the faceoff draw and often beelines straight for the cage after a faceoff win to score a goal. Boudreau helped guide Bishop Guertin to its third-straight state title in 2012. The Marist-bound faceoff guy was 12 of 18 in the title game where Bishop Guertin beat Hanover 10-5. Boudreau had a 78 percent winning percentage and was named a 2012 US Lacrosse All-American and the Coaches' Poll All-State Team.
Games to Watch
Mercer Island (Wash.) at Duxbury (Mass.) – April 2
Back in 2011 Mercer Island pulled off the unthinkable, beating Duxbury 7-6 in overtime. The teams meet for the first time since that game and Duxbury will be primed and ready. The Dragons are coming off a shutout performance against North Quincy, 23-0, to open the season. The Islanders are through the first half of their season and are 6-1. Key players to keep an eye on are C.J. Loconte (Army) and Shane Sully for the Dragons and Chase York (Loyola), Peter Mahony, and Hayden Reisman for Mercer Island.
Sachem North (N.Y.) at West Islip (N.Y.) – April 3
This will be the Lions first game after a tough 9-4 loss to Chaminade. Sachem North (2-1) won't be a cake-walk as the Flaming Arrows are coming off two impressive wins over North Babylon (N.Y.) and Hauppauge (N.Y.). Freshman Tom Haun had four goals in the 18-8 win over North Babylon. Plus, Sachem North gave Maryland's Archbishop Spalding a run for their money to open the season. Sachem North currently sits atop the Suffolk DI rankings. The Lions should have a healthier Nick Aponte back and Ryan Wieczorek looks to get West Islip back into the win column.
1. Chaminade (N.Y.), 3-0
Tom Zenker has been Chaminade's stud so far this season. The senior middie had back-to-back hat tricks in wins over West Islip (N.Y.) and Fordham Prep (N.Y.). The Flyers face Connecticut powerhouse Fairfield Prep this week.
2. St. Anthony's (N.Y.), 3-0
The Friars only gave up six points in both of their wins to open the 2013 season. Matt Kroener delivered big in both wins with a combined seven points.
3. Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.), 2-0
Senior attackman Jordan Evans started the season with a bang for the Red Rams - netting 10 goals and one assist in a 20-7 win over Homer. The Syracuse-bound Evans also had 10 assists and four goals in a 20-3 win over Whiteboro. In two games Evans has 25 points on 14 goals and 11 assists.
4. Smithtown West (N.Y.), 3-0
Behind the great start by Ryan Keenan the Bulls jump up the rankings this week. Keenan totaled 22 points in Smithtown West's three wins.
5. Ithaca (N.Y.), 1-0
The Little Red opened the 2013 season with a 15-8 win over Vestal (N.Y.). Next up for Ithaca is Union-Endicott on Wednesday, April 3.
6. Garden City (N.Y.), 2-1
The Trojans suffered their first loss in 24 games, losing to La Salle College High School (Pa.) 7-4 on March 30. Garden City needs to get back into the win column this week when the Trojans play Carey (N.Y.) before meeting No. 10 Duxbury (Mass.) at Harvard Stadium on April 6.
7. West Islip (N.Y.), 1-1
The Lions fell 9-4 to No. 1 Chaminade over the weekend. West Islip looks to bounce back this week against Sachem North. Mike Moynihan scored three goals in the loss to Chaminade.
8. Niskayuna (N.Y.), 0-0
The Silver Warriors open the 2013 season this week against Shenendehowa (N.Y.) and Burnt Hills (N.Y.).
9. Darien (Conn.), 0-0
The Blue Wave reasserted itself in Connecticut with its seventh state title in eight years last season. Darien lost a number of key players, including consensus No. 1 recruit Case Matheis, but Peter Lindley (UMass) is back to help cushion the blow.
10. Duxbury (Mass.), 1-0
The Dragons opened the 2013 season with a convincing 23-0 win over North Quincy (Mass.). CJ LoConte had four goals and assist. Next up for Duxbury is northwest powerhouse in Mercer Island (Wash.) on Tuesday.
News and Notes
An end to a streak
No. 4 Garden City sustained its first loss since 2011, losing to La Salle College High School (Pa.) 7-4 on March 30. The loss snaps a 24-game winning streak for the Trojans who were unable to generate any points in the fourth quarter.
Garden City is expected to bounce back and remain a force in the Northeast region. The Trojans' winning streak spanned 664 days and 94 weeks. Garden City faced some of the toughest teams in the country along the way. The Trojans beat St. Paul's (Md.) and Loyola-Blakefield (Md.), Duxbury (Mass.) and Conestoga (Pa.). Plus outlasting in-state foes in Manhasset, Ward Melville, and Irondequoit.
Lacrosse booming in Vermont
The majority of the student-athletes in Vermont play three sports, and at Champlain Valley Union, lacrosse is quickly becoming the primary sport. In a state that is hockey and football driven, lacrosse is starting to be a sport kids want to play.
"The game just keeps growing. And as the kids keep looking more and more for out of season opportunities it will continue to keep getting strong," coach David Trevithick said. "The talent is getting better and it shows in the parity we have around the state right now."
The Crusaders are coming off a 13-6 season and look to use last year's semifinal loss to Essex Junction as fuel to get to the next level in 2013. Champlain Valley was a fairly young team a year ago and the Crusaders will still be young in certain areas, but the team has certainly grown up since last year's semifinal loss.
"I think the loss really showed the younger guys on the team what it takes to win playoff games," Trevithick said. "We really relied on the play of some sophomores, especially on the offensive end. We have only lost one other semifinal game in the last seven years and I know that wasn't lost on the guys. It was great opportunity to learn what grit is all about."
Sophomore Elliot Mitchell ad junior Nevin Diparlo will be looked upon to keep the attack running strong after losing the starting unit from last year to graduation. At midfield sophomore Hoyt McCuin and juniors Alex Bulla and Steel Dubrul will keep the ball moving through the neutral zone. Senior captain Warren Grunvald and junior Cam Harris will lock down the defensive end.
Trevithick has to get this group running on all cylinders quick as practice began last week and the Crusaders open their season against Hanover (N.H.) on April 8.
"I think with such a young team it really is about emphasizing learning the game and the nuances that go with it," Trevithick said. "With young guys you naturally get the energy and drive and I think focusing on the IQ part will allow these guys to really be competitive every game and reach our potential."