High School Boys

June 22, 2009

HS Notes: New York, New Jersey and Idaho Wraps

By Jeff Seidel | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online

In New York's boys' lacrosse state title games, some quick-striking offenses who ran off some good streaks ruled the day.

Canandaigua took the Class B state title, topping Niskayuna, 10-5. The Braves took the lead in the first quarter and never looked back. The Braves became just the second Section Five team to take a state title and the first in Class B. They took a 5-2 halftime lead and remained in control in the second half.

Marshall Johnson played a big role for Canandaigua. Johnson finished with three goals and one assist and, for good measure, he won 14 of 19 faceoffs. He earned the honor of the game's Most Valuable Player.

Goalie Nick King also had a big game at the right time. He finished with 12 saves and kept the Braves in command.

West Islip and Manhasset came away with the Class A and Class C state titles, respectively.            

For West Islip, the key was recovering after a slow start. The Lions reeled off seven straight goals,and came away with a 10-5 victory over Orchard Park. Nicky Galasso led the way with four goals and four assists. He was picked as the Class A MVP. Scott Mattera got the Defensive Player of the Game honor.            

The game was deadlocked at four at halftime before the Lions took command. Orchard Park actually held a 4-2 lead in the second quarter before everything turned around.            

West Islip scored four unanswered goals in the third quarter to grab command with an 8-4 lead. Bryan Badolato helped with three goals and one assist.            

Jeff Tundo led Orchard Park with four goals and one assist.            

The Class C state title went to Manhasset, which rolled to a 16-11 victory over LaFayette for its first state title in five years.            

Connor English led the way with nine goals and was named the game's Most Valuable Player.

Manhasset jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead early in the second quarter to put the pressure on LaFayette. The Indians remained in charge with an 8-4 halftime lead.            

But LaFayette began to make a move in the second half. The Lancers got three straight goals and cut the lead to 12-10 early in the fourth quarter.            

That's when the Indians grabbed the momentum. They scored three straight goals to take charge again and hand LaFayette (23-1) its first loss this season.            

Lyle Thompson (five goals, two assists) and Miles Thompson (three goals, four assists) led LaFayette in the loss.

Over in New Jersey

Summit didn't care too much about playing the top-ranked team in New Jersey's Tournament of Champions title game.

Ranked second in The Star-Ledger's Top 20, Summit surprised No. 1 Delbarton, 8-4, in the championship game June 13 at Rutgers.            

Summit finished the season with a 22-1 record and won 22 straight games since losing its season opener. That broke the old school record for wins in a season, which coincidentally was set by another state title team (1981).            

In addition, this was the school's first title since 1983.            

Goalie Brian Feeney was spectacular with 18 saves, and James Kennedy scored five goals to spark the win.            

"It's huge," Kennedy told NJ.com. "Our freshman year, we, Brian (Bell), Kyle (Mahoney) and Adolfo (Arrieta) all said we're gonna win one...We kept bringing it up all season that we weren't breaking our promise."            

Kennedy finished with 44 goals and 71 assists for 115 points and is headed to Holy Cross in the fall.

Bishop Kelly Reigns in Idaho

The Bishop Kelly girls wrapped up its perfect season with an impressive 13-9 victory over Eagle in the recent Treasure Valley Lacrosse League title game recently in Idaho.

Cassie Brunelle led the way with four goals and one assist while Mariah Adcox helped with a goal and three assists. The Knights finished the season 19-0.

Eagle had won the state title the last two years, and Bishop Kelly hadn't gotten the crown since 2006.

"We've been working towards this all season," Brunelle told WestSideLax.com. "This is a huge step forward. We've kept it light and fun all year, but being here is definitely rewarding. This has been amazing."

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