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May 27, 2014

Nike/US Lacrosse Northeast Region Report

by Will Cleveland | LaxMagazine.com

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Player of the Week 

Ben Reeves, Palmyra-Macedon (N.Y.)

It was an eventful week for Reeves as he finished with three goals and two assists to power Pal-Mac to an 11-7 win over Gananda (N.Y.) in the Section V Class C semifinals, setting up a matchup with top-seeded Penn Yan (N.Y.) on Tuesday. In a quarterfinal win over Bath (N.Y.), Reeves totaled six goals and four assists. That was Reeves' eighth double-digit point effort of the season. Late last week, Reeves was named a US Lacrosse Academic All-American. Reeves, who has 83 goals and 84 assists this season, is headed to Yale. In his six-year varsity career, Reeves has 600 total points (287 goals, 313 assists).

Game of the Week

Ridgefield (Conn.) vs. Greenwich (Conn.), May 27, FCIAC semifinals, at Brien McMahon-Norwalk

When the Cardinals and Tigers met on April 15, it proved to be one of the best games of the season. Junior attackman Decker Curran scored with 26.8 seconds left in the fourth overtime to lift the Cardinals to an 8-7 win. Senior attackman Jamie Paradise fed Curran at the mouth of the crease for the overtime winner. Curran and senior attackman Luke Finneran each finished with two goals and one assist. The teams split their two meetings last season. A potential championship matchup with top-seeded and top-ranked Darien looms in the finals. But first, the Blue Wave must get past fourth-seeded New Canaan.

Northeast Region Top 10

1. Darien (Conn.), 17-0

The Blue Wave posted two wins last week, including a 12-2 win over Brien McMahon-Norwalk (Conn.) in the quarterfinals of the FCIAC tournament. Andrew Pugliese won 11 of 13 face-offs for the Blue Wave. Top-seeded Darien will meet New Canaan (Conn.) in the semifinals on Tuesday. Darien escaped with an 11-10 overtime win over New Canaan earlier in the regular season.

2. Niskayuna (N.Y.), 17-1

After a 21-5 win in the quarterfinals, The Silver Warriors cruised to the Section II Class A championship game with a 13-2 win over Shaker (N.Y.). Samuel Kaplan totaled three goals and two assists and Michael D'Amario added four goals and one assist for Niskayuna. The Silver Warriors will face second-seeded Shenendehowa (N.Y.) in the championship game on Tuesday. Niskayuna has already defeated the Plainsmen (13-5) twice during the regular season.

3. Ridgefield (Conn.), 14-3

The Tigers rallied to top St. Joseph's-Trumbull (Conn.), 9-6, in the FCIAC quarterfinals to set up a semifinal matchup with Greenwich (Conn.). The Cadets led 6-5 after three quarters before the Tigers shut them out in the fourth to secure the win. Simon Mathias had one goal and three assists and Dylan Maher netted three goals for Ridgefield.

4. Greenwich (Conn.), 15-2

Continuing on our FCIAC theme, Greenwich also secured its spot in the league tournament semifinals. The Cardinals advanced with a 14-5 win over Fairfield-Warde (Conn.). The Cardinals scored eight straight goals during a 13-minute span to run away with the win. Decker Curran finished with five goals and one assist in the win.

5. Fairport (N.Y.), 16-2

The Red Raiders advanced to the Section V Class A championship game with a hard-fought 8-6 win over Webster Thomas (N.Y.). Kyle McAvoy finished with two goals and two assists, and Joey Scalise recorded 11 saves for Fairport. The top-seeded Red Raiders will square off with second-seeded Pittsford (N.Y.) in Tuesday's championship game.

6. Chaminade (N.Y.), 13-3

The Flyers capped their season with their second consecutive CHSAA title, again defeating rival St. Anthony's (N.Y.). Chaminade secured a 13-6 victory over the Friars. Chaminade defeated St. Anthony's, 7-5, in last season's championship game. The win gave coach Jack Moran his 500th career victory. Jack Tigh finished with four goals and one assist and Sean Cerrone added two goals and three assists in the win. The Flyers went 2-1 this year against the Friars, winning the first and final meetings.

7. Massapequa (N.Y.), 15-2

The Chiefs cruised into the Section VIII (Nassau County) Class A championship game with a 17-5 win over Farmingdale (N.Y.). Jim Byrns recorded three goals and two assists in the win. Massapequa meets Syosset (N.Y.) in the championship game on Tuesday at Hofstra. The Chiefs trounced Syosset, 18-7, on April 22.

8. Smithtown East (N.Y.), 15-3

Third-seeded East moved into the Section XI (Suffolk County) Class A title game with a 17-11 win over second-seeded Sachem North (N.Y.). Connor Desimone, Dan Rooney, and Brian Willetts each totaled four goals and one assist in the win. Sachem North topped Smithtown East, 12-8, earlier in the regular season. That sets up a championship date on Wednesday at Stony Brook with fourth-seeded West Islip (N.Y.).

9. Cazenovia (N.Y.), 19-0

The Lakers (N.Y.) claimed their third Section III (Syracuse-area) Class C title in four years with a 12-8 win over Homer (N.Y.) last week. Thanks to five goals from P.J. Brown and four from Henry Mann, the Lakers (19-0), the defending Class C state champion, advances to the state quarterfinals on Wednesday where it will face Section IV champion Chenango Forks (N.Y.) (13-8).

10. Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.), 16-2

Senior Griffin Feiner scored five goals in the first half to help Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.) run away with a 23-13 win over East Syracuse-Minoa (N.Y.) in the Section III Class B championship game last week. The Red Raiders, who claimed their sixth straight sectional crown, will meet Section IV champ Vestal (N.Y.) (15-2) in the state quarterfinals.

News and Notes

The Bishop Timon-St. Jude Tigers (N.Y.) are 12-5 this season, but each of those losses is to powerhouse programs – two each against The Hill Academy (Ontario) and Culver Academy (Ind.) and the final to top-ranked Boys' Latin. The Tigers avenged one of those losses with a 16-11 win over The Hill in the National Lacrosse Invitational. Connor Fields totaled five goals and an assist in the win. Timon followed up that showing with an 11-6 win over St. Joseph's Collegiate (N.Y.) to move into the Monsignor Martin (Buffalo-area private schools) final against rival Canisius (N.Y.).

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Greg Galligan netted two goals and Jack Concannon stopped 10 shots as St. Anthony's (N.Y.) fell in the CHSAA championship game, 13-6, against rival Chaminade. St. Anthony's finished its season at 13-5. The Friars went 13-2 after dropping their first two games of the season to Loyola-Blakefield (Md.) and Immaculata (N.J.). That impressive run included wins over Iona Prep (N.Y.), New Canaan (Conn.), Delbarton (N.J.), Haverford School (Pa.), and Yorktown (N.Y.).

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The season is over for the previously top-ranked squad from Smithtown West (N.Y.) following an 8-7 defeat in the Section XI Class A semifinals against West Islip. Trevor Bovich scored three goals, including one to give the Lions a 7-5 lead late in the third quarter and another to keep them ahead 8-6 in the fourth. Jimmy Caddigan finished with one goal and two assists for West, which topped West Islip, 8-4, earlier in the regular season.

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Senior attackman Casey Green scored with 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter to lift Fayette-Manlius (N.Y.) to a 12-11 win over West Genesee (N.Y.). It's F-M's first sectional title since 1993. The Hornets (16-3) will meet Section IV champ Corning (N.Y.) (13-4) in the state quarterfinals on Wednesday.

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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