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Nike/US Lacrosse Northeast Region Report

by Will Cleveland | LaxMagazine.com

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Player of the Week 

John Boutureira, Iona Prep (N.Y.)

The senior midfielder had a career week to propel the Gaels into the regional rankings. Entering last week, Boutureira had nine goals and two assists in six games. He exploded for 10 goals and two assists in two games last week for Iona Prep. Boutureira, who is committed to Division III Stevens Tech (N.J.), finished with a career-high five goals to help the Gaels knock off Fordham Prep, 11-7. He followed that with five goals and two assists as the Gaels fell just short in a 14-13 loss to top-ranked Chaminade (N.Y.).

Also Notable: Adam Fields, Bishop Timon-St. Jude (N.Y.), Phil Huffard, Darien (Conn.), Sean Cerrone, Chaminade (N.Y.).

Game of the Week

Chaminade (N.Y.) at St. Anthony's (N.Y.), April 24

The Flyers have now won seven straight dating back to last season, while the Friars are surging thanks to five straight wins that followed an 0-2 start. The two teams met three times last season and the Flyers won each one. Chaminade defeated St. Anthony's 10-6 midway through the regular season. James Roberts, a Lafayette recruit, finished with three goals. Chaminade earned a 7-5 win over the Friars later in the regular season as Kris Clarke, currently at Hofstra, won 13 of 15 faceoffs. The Flyers then defeated the Friars, 7-5, in the CHSAA Class AAA championship game played at Hofstra. Current Virginia standout Ryan Lukacovic finished with one goal and four assists to power the Flyers to their first CHSAA Class AAA title since 2008. St. Anthony's had won the previous four championships.

Northeast Region Top 10

1. Chaminade (N.Y.), 6-0
The Flyers stay on top of the regional rankings thanks to a thrilling 14-13 win over Iona Prep (N.Y.). Villanova-bound Sean Cerrone scored with 6.3 seconds remaining to help Chaminade complete the rally from an 8-3 halftime deficit. Carney Mahon tied the game at 13-13 with 2:20 left for the Flyers. Cerrone finished with four goals and two assists and Jack Brennan added four goals and one assist.

2. Smithtown West (N.Y.), 9-0
The Bulls had a quiet week, posting a 7-2 win over Walt Whitman (N.Y.). Christian Zawadzki and Sean Adler each tallied two goals for the Bulls. Ryan Keenan added one goal and two assists for Smithtown West. Matt Smidt, who is headed to Ohio State, stopped seven shots in the win. The Bulls host both Ward Melville (N.Y.) and Hauppauge (N.Y.) this week. A showdown with Smithtown East (N.Y.) looms on April 30.

3. Darien (Conn.) 4-0
Coming off an uncharacteristic 12-8 season, the Blue Wave have opened the 2014 season with four straight wins. Darien went 2-0 last week in knocking off Fairfield-Ludlowe (Conn.), 14-2, and Manhasset (N.Y.), 7-4. Senior goalie Phil Huffard (Yale commit) helped the Blue Wave shut out the Indians in the second half. Attackman Peter Lindley scored three of his four goals in the first half. Darien hosts Fairfield-Warde and Wilton (Conn.) this week.

4. Greenwich (Conn.), 5-0
Greenwich is now 5-0 after going 3-0 last week. That includes an 8-7 quadruple overtime win over Ridgefield (Conn.) on April 15. Decker Curran scored with 26.8 seconds left in the fourth overtime to lift the Cardinals. Curran and Luke Finneran each finished with two goals and two assists for Greenwich.

5. Massapequa (N.Y.) 7-2
Like many of the teams in the regional rankings, it was a quiet week for the Chiefs. Massapequa defeated Wantagh (N.Y.), 12-1, in its only game of the week. Jim Byrns finished with three goals and two assists and Craig Berge added one goal and three assists for the Chiefs. Massapequa hosts Syosset (N.Y.) and travels to East Meadow (N.Y.) this week.

6. Garden City (N.Y.), 7-2
The Trojans had an up-and-down week as they defeated St. Paul's (Md.) of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association, 13-6, and then dropped a 7-5 decision to unranked Ridgefield (Conn.). Cody George finished with five goals and two assists and Kieran Byrnes added three goals and two assists in the St. Paul's win, which was played at Princeton. JP Basile led the Trojans with one goal and two assists in the Ridgefield loss. Garden City faces South Side (N.Y.) and Long Beach (N.Y.) this week.

7. Ridgefield (Conn.), 3-1
Ridgefield is off to a 3-1 start. That includes a 7-5 win over Garden City (N.Y.) last Saturday. Garden City was ranked No. 10 in last week's Nike/US Lacrosse Top 25 and is the two-time defending Class B state champion. Senior midfielder Dylan Maher scored twice in the final seven minutes to lift the Cardinals. Ridgefield led 3-0 at halftime and 5-4 after three quarters. The Trojans tied the game early in the fourth quarter. Ridgefield goalie Brendan Winne made eight saves in the victory. Ridgefield will be tested quite a bit in the rest of the regular season with games against Yorktown (N.Y.) and Darien (Conn.).

8. Niskayuna (N.Y.), 6-1
The Silver Warriors, who have won eight Section II Class A titles in the last nine years, bounced back from their first loss of the season with a pair of decisive wins over Bethlehem (N.Y.), 17-1, and Somers (N.Y.), 14-6. Mike D'Amario totaled six goals and three assists and Aidan O'Brien added three goals and four assists in the Bethlehem win. Niskayuna faces Shenendehowa (N.Y.) and Duxbury (Mass.) this week.

9. St. Anthony's (N.Y.), 5-2
Winners of five in a row after an 0-2 start, the Friars took a one-goal victory over a tough Haverford (Pa.) team on the road this week. After taking on New Jersey's Don Bosco Prep on Tuesday, they take on region No. 1 and rival Chaminade this week. 

10. Bishop Timon-St. Jude (N.Y.), 4-2
The Tigers (Buffalo, N.Y.) have faced the top two teams in the country in the last two weeks. A week after losing 16-3 to No. 2 Culver (Ind.), Timon traveled to Baltimore for a showdown with No. 1-ranked Boys' Latin. The Lakers escaped with a 16-13 win. Seniors Adam Fields (Albany) finished with seven points (six goals, one assist) and Adam Dimillo added two goals and an assist for the Tigers. The Tigers play at rival Canisius (N.Y.) this week.

Notes

Penn Yan (N.Y.) decided to turn independent a few years back, leaving the Finger Lakes league in the process. As a Class C school, the Mustangs (5-1), under coach Brian Hobart, play one of the toughest schedules in New York state. After posting a decisive 18-4 victory over Carthage (N.Y.) on April 12, the Mustangs squared off against Lakeland/Panas (N.Y.) and Canandaigua (N.Y.) during spring break. Penn Yan dropped an 11-10 decision to the Class A Rebels. Goalie Brandon Maciejewski (Stony Brook) stopped 17 shots in the loss. The Mustangs rebounded with an 11-10 overtime win against the Class B Braves. Penn Yan fell behind 4-1 before rallying for a 10-7 lead in the fourth quarter. Canandaigua netted three straight to send the game to overtime. Brandon Feldman netted the equalizer as time expired in regulation for Canandaigua. Sophomore midfielder Austin Fingar, who is committed to the admissions process at Cornell, scored unassisted 2:14 into overtime to lift the Mustangs. Penn Yan only faces one more Class C school this season in long-time rival Geneva (N.Y.).

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Wellesley (Mass.) secured an impressive 11-10 double overtime win over Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) last week. The Raiders (5-2) rallied from a late three-goal deficit to send the game to overtime. Long-stick midfielder Sean Mathews scored back-to-back goals to bring the Raiders within one. Jack Vandervelde scored off a feed from John Caraviello with two seconds left to send the game to overtime. Cold Spring Harbor dominated the first overtime, but the game remained tied. With eight seconds left in the second overtime, Tucker Dietrick won the faceoff and passed to Kerry Lyne for the winner. Dietrick finished with three goals and Caraviello added three goals and one assists. Jordan Walter led Cold Spring Harbor (5-3) with three goals.

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After an 0-2 start, St. Anthony's (N.Y.) has won five straight. St. Anthony's secured an impressive 7-6 win at Haverford School (Pa.). Haverford (11-3) was ranked No. 15 in last week's national top 25. Joe Licciardi led the Friars with three goals and two assists. JT Caputo chipped in two goals and two assists and Jack Concannon stopped 14 shots in the win. St. Anthony's faces a big week with games against Don Bosco Prep (N.J.), top-ranked Chaminade (N.Y.) and St. John the Baptist (N.Y.).

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Iona Prep (N.Y.) went 1-1 last week and topped Fordham Prep (N.Y.), 11-7, before falling 14-13 against top-ranked Chaminade (N.Y.). The Gaels held an 8-3 halftime lead in the Chaminade game. Senior midfielder John Boutureira, who is committed to Division III Stevens Tech, finished with a career-high five goals to help the Gaels knock off Fordham Prep. Jack Korzelius and Boutureira each finished with five goals and two assists in the Chaminade loss.

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Fordham Prep (N.Y.) went 1-1 last week. Iona Prep knocked off the Rams, 11-7, to open the week. Fordham Prep rebounded with a 14-5 win over Holy Trinity (N.Y.). Senior attackman Connor Smith scored four goals in the fourth quarter in the Iona Prep loss as the Rams trailed 9-2 after three quarters. Smith recorded four goals and two assists and Luke Chmiel chipped in three goals and two assists for the Rams against Holy Trinity. The Rams face a busy schedule this week with games against St. John the Baptist (N.Y.), Archbishop Stepinac (N.Y.), St. Joseph By-The-Sea (N.Y.), and Suffern (N.Y.).

Check back to LaxMagazine.com every Tuesday throughout the high school season for updates to the Nike/US Lacrosse Regional Boys' Top 10 rankings and the Nike/US Lacrosse National Boys' Top 25.

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