Nike/US Lacrosse Northeast Region Report
by Will Cleveland | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Griffin Feiner, Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.)
Feiner, a senior attackman who will play at Hartford in the fall, is wrapping up one of the most prolific careers in state history. He totaled 12 goals, including eight in a regional win over Vestal (N.Y.) last week in two wins to put the Red Rams in the Class B state semifinals for the seventh straight year. A year after scoring 96 goals as the Red Rams made an appearance in the state championship, Feiner has 84 goals this season.
Also Notable: Andrew Perl, Penn Yan (N.Y.), John Prendergast, Niskayuna (N.Y.), Ian Kirby, Massapequa (N.Y.), Henry Mann, Cazenovia (N.Y.)
Game of the Week
Massapequa (N.Y.) vs. Niskayuna (N.Y.), June 4, Class A state semifinals at Hofstra
Griffin Barnathon scored the eventual game-winner with 4:39 left to lift Massapequa to its first Long Island Class A championship with a 13-12 win over Smithtown East (N.Y.). Matt Valdini recorded 10 saves in the win. That propelled the Chiefs into the state semifinals for the first time where they will face off against a dangerous Niskayuna team on Wednesday at Hofstra University. It was Manhasset's first win in eight trips to the Long Island (state semifinals) championship game. Junior John Prendergast, a Duke commit, exploded for seven goals in the Silver Warriors' state quarterfinal win over Section I's Lakeland/Panas. Niskayuna is in the state semifinals for the third straight year.
Northeast Region Top 10
1. Darien (Conn.), 19-0
Of note, coach Jeff Brameier earned his 500th career win as the Blue Wave won the FCIAC quarterfinals. He earned two more wins as top-ranked and top-seeded Darien earned its 13th conference title with 12-11 overtime win over New Canaan (Conn.) in the semifinals and an 11-6 win over Greenwich (Conn.) in the championship. Ian Burgoyne netted the overtime winner in the semifinals. Senior Peter Lindley tallied four goals and one assist in the championship. Darien opens state Class M playoffs on Wednesday against Stratford (Conn.).
2. Niskayuna (N.Y.), 19-1
The Silver Warriors advanced to the Class A state semifinals after defeating Section I's Lakeland/Panas (N.Y.), 14-11, in the quarterfinals. Niskayuna claimed its 13th Section II title, this one coming in Class A, with a 14-7 win over Shenendehowa (N.Y.). John Prendergast netted seven goals in the sectional final win. Ryan Lawson had four goals in the Lakeland/Panas win. Niskayuna faces Massapequa in the state semifinals on Wednesday at Hofstra.
3. Greenwich (Conn.), 16-3
Luke Finneran finished with four goals in the FCIAC championship loss to Darien. Greenwich overcame a 5-1 halftime deficit to post a 7-6 win over Ridgefield (Conn.) in the FCIAC semifinals. Kyle Foote scored four goals, including the overtime winner. The Cardinals open the state Class L tournament against Fairfield-Ludlowe (Conn.) on Wednesday.
4. Fairport (N.Y.), 18-2
Fairport scored six goals in the fourth quarter to rally for a thrilling 7-6 win over Pittsford (N.Y.) in the Section V Class A final. The Red Raiders scored the final five goals of the game. Ryan Bowen netted the winner with 16 seconds left. Justin Kesselring and Dan McAvoy each scored twice in the win. Joey Scalise recorded 12 saves and Ryan Crater scored three goals to lead Fairport to an 11-8 win over Orchard Park (N.Y.) in the state semifinals. Fairport faces Section III's Fayetteville-Manlius (N.Y.) in the state semifinals Wednesday.
5. Chaminade (N.Y.), 13-3
The season is over for the Flyers. They won the CHSAA AAA title over St. Anthony's on May 22. Sean Cerrone led the team with 48 points on 34 goals and 14 assists this year.
6. St. Anthony's (N.Y.), 13-5
The Friars finished the year as CHSAA AAA runners-up to Chaminade. Joe Licciardi led the team with 41 points on 32 goals and nine assists this season.
7. Cazenovia (N.Y.), 21-0
The Lakers, who have now won 33 straight games, cruised into the state semifinals. They topped Chenango Forks (N.Y.), 16-4, in state regionals and then defeated Salmon River (N.Y.), 7-4, in the state quarterfinals. Henry Mann (Hobart) totaled seven goals and two assists in the two wins. Cazenovia advances to the state semifinals to face Section V's Penn Yan (N.Y.) on Wednesday. Cazenovia defeated Penn Yan, 8-7, in last year's state semifinals.
8. Massapequa (N.Y.), 17-2
The Chiefs won the Long Island (state quarterfinals) Class A title by holding off Smithtown East (N.Y.). It's the first title in program history. Ian Kirby led the Chiefs with three goals and an assist. Ian Kirby and Paul Dilena each scored four goals to lead Massapequa to a 15-8 win over Syosset (N.Y.) in the Nassau A title game. The Chiefs face Niskayuna in the state semifinals.
9. Ridgefield (Conn.), 14-4
Schuyler Blair and Simon Mathias each scored twice as the Tigers built a four-goal halftime lead, but were unable to sustain in the semifinal loss to Greenwich. Ridgefield and Greenwich have played twice during the season, each was determined by a single goal and each went to overtime (the first game went to four overtimes). Ridgefield plays Xavier (Conn.) to open the Class L tournament on Wednesday.
10. Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.), 18-2
J-D has won 14 straight games en route to another berth in the Class B state semifinals. The Red Rams cruised into the state semis with two regional wins – a 22-11 win over Vestal (N.Y.) and an 18-4 win over Massena (N.Y.). J-D faces Victor (N.Y.) in the state semifinals on Wednesday. The Blue Devils are in the state semifinals for the first time in program history. J-D has been there seven straight years.
News and Notes
Traditional Massachusetts powerhouse Duxbury (Mass.) has made a very strong case for inclusion in the regional rankings. At 17-3, the Dragons find themselves in the Division I state semifinals after posting a 9-3 win over Catholic Memorial (Mass.) on Sunday. Niall Dillon scored three goals and Nick Marrocco stopped 15 shots for the Dragons, who will host a semifinal game on Thursday.
Lynbrook (N.Y.) secured both the Long Island Class B title (with a 10-9 win over Rocky Point) and the Nassau County Class B title (with an 8-4 win over Manhasset). Brendan McDougal recorded 28 saves combined in the two wins. The Owls face Yorktown in the state semifinals on Wednesday.
2014 Northeast Region Report Archive
- February 25 - Preseason Top 10/Player of the Year Watch List
- March 25
- April 1
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- May 6
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- May 27
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