Nike/US Lacrosse Northeast Region Report
by Mike Loveday | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Logan Greco, Smithtown West (Smithtown, N.Y.)
Greco is getting the honor this week, but the Bulls' defense was the real winner as they held defending Class B champion Garden City to one goal in a 6-1 victory in its second game of the year. Greco along with Kyle Mathie and J.J. Foley limited Garden City to just 18 shots (nine on goal) in the win. The defense held Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) to five goals in an 8-5 win earlier in the week.
Notable: Craig Berge, Massapequa (N.Y.); Ryan Keenan, Smithtown West (N.Y.); Christian Zawadzki, Smithtown West (N.Y.); Sean Cerrone, Chaminade (N.Y.).
Game of the Week
Massapequa (N.Y.) at Chaminade (N.Y.), March 26
A battle of Nike/US Lacrosse Top 10 teams could be a battle for a potential No. 1 ranking. The Flyers got the win in the meeting last year, 9-5, but the Chiefs return nine starters from a squad that reached the Long Island Class A championship game last season. Chaminade started its year with an impressive win over last year's No. 1 team Ward Melville (N.Y.). Massapequa opened with wins over Carey (N.Y.) and Kellenberg Memorial (N.Y.) so both teams had the chance to knock the rust (and snow) off before this meeting.
Northeast Region Top 10
1. Massapequa (N.Y.), 2-0
In two victories last week, Craig Berge had 10 points on five goals and five assists. The Chiefs next game is against Chaminade.
2. Chaminade (N.Y.), 1-0
Sean Cerrone scored three goals and added two assists as Chaminade defeated last year's No. 1, Ward Melville, 10-5 in its season opener.
3. Smithtown West (N.Y.), 2-0
Ryan Keenan and Christian Zawadzki each had two goals and an assist as the Bulls opened the year with a 6-1 win over defending Class B champion Garden City.
4. Garden City (N.Y.), 1-1
The Trojans went 1-1 to start the year with a win over Syosset and a loss to Smithtown West. Dale Stasco scored the only goal in a 6-1 loss to Smithtown West.
5. St. Anthony's (N.Y.), 0-1
Brendan Homire scored two goals and Jack Concannon made six saves, but it was not enough as the Friars lost 14-5 to Loyola-Blakefield on Friday night.
6. Delbarton (N.J.), 0-0
The Green Wave returns six starters from last year's 17-1 team. The season starts on March 26 against Seton Hall Prep (N.J.), which is the team that ended Delbarton's title hopes last year.
7. Fordham Prep (N.Y.), 3-0
The Rams went to Florida as part of the Jesuit Classic and went 3-0, which included a win over Gonzaga (D.C.) to earn a spot in this week's Top 10.
8. Darien (Conn.), 0-0
Coming off a down year, Darien should benefit from rebuilding, with 12 players who saw starting time and 33 players overall returning
9. Ward Melville (N.Y.), 0-1
Patrick Roarty had two goals and two assists and Danny Bucaro had two goals and one assist in the loss to Chaminade.
10. Manhasset (N.Y.), 0-0
The Indians were picked by coaches as the top team in Nassau County's Class B and boast five players already committed to Division I programs.
Of the upsets that occurred on Long Island this week, Rocky Point (N.Y.) may have been the biggest surprise. The Eagles finished 6-10 last season, but have started 2014 with a 2-0 record. They jumped out to a 6-3 halftime lead and held on in the second half to defeat Smithtown East (N.Y.) 8-7. Jordan Fertig had two goals and an assist and Justin Reh had two goals in the win... Fordham Prep (N.Y.) caused a stir in the Nike/US Lacrosse Top 25 with a 7-6 win over Gonzaga (D.C.). The Rams went 3-0 in the Jesuit Classic, which was held in Florida. ... Bishop Guertin (N.H.) is the defending four-time New Hampshire Division I state champion and return 10 starters, which will make the favorite to get one for the thumb in 2014. Games against St. Joseph Metuchen (Metuchen, N.J.), LaSalle Academy (Providence, R.I.) and Duxbury (Duxbury, Mass.) will be good games to help determine where the Cardinals fit within the region. ... Xaverian Brothers (Mass.) enter 2014 on a seven game winning streak that resulted in the Division I state championship. Seven starters return, which could make them a favorite to repeat this season.
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