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Nike/LM HS Northeast Report: Early Classic in N.Y.

by Will Cleveland | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

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The Massapequa (N.Y.) and Chaminade (N.Y.) boys' lacrosse teams shared the top spot in the New York State Sportswriters Association final rankings last year after claiming the NYSPHSAA Class A title and CHSAA championship, respectively.

So when the two Long Island powerhouses met last week in Mineola, expectations were high for an instant classic.

"It's a great measuring stick for the season," Massapequa coach Tim Radomski told Newsday before the game. "They're a great team, and we just want to see where we're at going into the season when we play against Chaminade. It's a great rivalry."

Nike/LM Boys' Northeast Top 10

1. St. Anthony's (N.Y.), 0-0
2. Massapequa (N.Y.), 3-0
3. Darien (Conn.),
0-0
4. Syosset (N.Y.), 5-0
5. Chaminade (N.Y.), 1-1
6. Garden City (N.Y.), 2-1
7. Greenwich (Conn.), 0-0
8. Yorktown (N.Y.), 2-0
9. Cazenovia (N.Y.), 0-0
10. Smithtown East (N.Y.), 0-0

Who's Hot?

Syosset (N.Y.) is off to a hot start at 5-0, including an impressive 9-7 win over Garden City (N.Y.) to open the season. In that game, junior attack Mac O'Keefe, a Penn State commit, tallied a game-high five goals. Jonathan Klobus recorded 11 saves for the win. O'Keefe has 12 goals and five assists in five games this season, while Alex Concannon adds 11 goals and 10 assists. The Braves' slate appears to be manageable until a showdown on April 17 with undefeated MacArthur-Levittown and then an April 25 meeting with top-ranked Massapequa.

Who's Not?

Ridgefield (Conn.), through no fault of its own, drops out of the list this week as a handful of teams with their seasons already in swing overtook the Tigers. They can re-enter the rankings with a quick start when they finally open the season in April.

The Massepequa Chiefs now can stake their claim as the top team in the state, following a 13-11 win over the host Flyers.

Junior Ryan Tierney scored three goals to help the Chiefs build an early 4-0 lead, and Massapequa led 8-4 at halftime. Tierney, a Hofstra commit, finished with four goals and two assists in the win, while Paul Dilena and Carter Hawthorne each added two goals and four assists, and Nick Benigno recorded nine saves for the win.

Jack Tigh finished with three goals and two assists to lead the Flyers, who topped the Chiefs 7-4 last season and hadn't lost to them in more than 10 years.

Boys' Games to Watch

Iona Prep (N.Y.) at Chaminade (N.Y.), April 1

This should be a decent matchup as many teams in the Northeast are just getting started. Chaminade is coming off a season-opening loss to Massapequa, but the Flyers followed that with an 8-5 win over West Islip (N.Y.). Iona Prep is sitting at 2-0, following wins over St. Dominic (N.Y.) and Monsignor Farrell (N.Y.). Freshman Herschel Halesworth totaled four goals in the win over St. Dominic's.

Boys' Player of the Week

Henry Grass, Bronxville (N.Y.)

The senior attackman helped the Broncos claim their first Class C state title last season and picked up right where he left off. Grass, a 2014 All-American, led the Broncos to an 18-7 season-opening win over Mamaroneck (N.Y.). The Johns Hopkins signee totaled seven goals and five assists and now has 346 points in his career.

Also notable: Ryan Tierney (Massapequa, N.Y.), Mike Bollinger (Sachem East, N.Y.), Cam Mule (Half Hollow Hills West, N.Y.)

Nike/LM Girls' Northeast Top 10

Girls' Player of the Week

Lindsey Ronbeck, Manhasset (N.Y.)

Expect to hear Ronbeck's name mentioned often in this space. Ronbeck, a member of the Under-19 national team, totaled 11 goals and three assists in two season-opening wins for the Indians. The Florida signee had four goals, including the winner with two minutes left, to power the Indians to a 7-6 win over Bryn Mawr (Md.) in the opener. She followed that with seven goals and two assists in an 18-5 win over Syosset (N.Y.).

Also notable: Michaela Bruno (Garden City, N.Y.), Megan Motkowski (Penfield, N.Y.), Casey Mitchell (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.)

1. Manhasset (N.Y.), 2-0
2. Darien (Conn.), 0-0
3. Skaneateles (N.Y.), 0-0
4. St. Anthony's (N.Y.), 1-0
5. Suffern (N.Y.), 0-2
6. West Genesee (N.Y.), 0-0
7. Victor (N.Y.), 0-0
8. Garden City (N.Y.), 3-0
9. Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.), 3-0
10. West Islip (N.Y.), 2-1

Who's Hot?

Garden City (N.Y.) posted three solid wins to open the season, including a 17-7 decision over Long Beach (N.Y.). Katie Muldoon has 10 goals and an assist, and Michaela Bruno has eight goals and seven assists through three games to lead the Trojans. ... Mount Sinai (N.Y.) has won 39 of its last 40 games dating back to a 2013 Class C state championship run and moved into the regional top 10 after winning its first two games in impressive fashion. The Mustangs beat Babylon (N.Y) and Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.), behind Casey Mitchell's combined eight goals and three assists.

Who's Not?

Suffern (N.Y.) opened the season with a pair of losses at home but its ranking was preserved by the fact both came against teams now nationally ranked. The Mounties dropped a 12-11 game to Georgia powerhouse Milton and then suffered a 10-8 overtime loss to Radnor (Pa.). ... West Islip (N.Y.) is coming off its best season in program history, going 21-1 en route to a runner-up finish in Class A. However, the Lions drop out of the regional rankings after starting this season at 2-1. They sandwiched a pair of victories over winless teams with a 12-8 loss to unranked Hauppauge (N.Y.). They look to bounce back this week with a game against Lindenhurst (N.Y.).

Girls' Games to Watch

Garden City (N.Y.) at Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.), March 31

Both teams are off to quality starts with undefeated records. The Seahawks (3-0) can use this game as an early-season measuring stick against the traditionally strong Trojans. Ashley Lynch has nine goals and five assists, Kate Kotowski has three goals and a team-high seven assists, and Sam Debellis has 12 goals and three assists through three games for the Seahawks.

Penfield (N.Y.) at West Genesee (N.Y.), April 4

This should be one of the top early-season Upstate matchups as Penfield, a powerhouse program out of the Rochester area, visits traditional Syracuse-area standout West Genesee. The Wildcats are set to open the season at 2013 Class A state runner-up Baldwinsville three days prior. Penfield already is riding high after a 12-11 win over Irondequoit (N.Y.) to start its season. West Genesee's challenging early-season slate continues a few days later with a date against Victor (N.Y.).

QUICK SLANTS

It's early, but there already have been some notable performances across the Northeast. Mike Bollinger stopped 21 shots to help Sachem East (N.Y.) to a 12-9 win over Commack (N.Y.). Cam Mule finished with 11 points (two goals, nine assists) as Half Hollow Hills West (N.Y.) secured a 15-7 win over Baldwin (N.Y.).

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