High School Boys

March 6, 2013

Nike/US Lacrosse Northeast Region Report

by Tom Peace | LaxMagazine.com

Related: National Top 25 | Mid-Atlantic | Midwest | South | West

Players to watch

Nick Aponte, West Islip (N.Y.)
The senior midfielder is coming off a 2012 season where he was named MVP IN the New York Class A final after West Islip defeated Ithaca 12-7. The Penn State commit had four assists and three goals in the game, which helped give Aponte more than 30 points on the year.

Tyler Andreassi, Sachem North (N.Y.)
The Sachem North long-stick midfielder looks to have a big senior year. The Stony Brook commit can not only play solid defense with the long pole, but Andreassi has speed and great stick work to move the ball on the offensive end of the field.

Jake Sheets, Bay Shore (N.Y.)
The rising junior had an eye-opening sophomore season, putting up a combined 89 points (50 goals, 39 assists). The attackman has the tools and the footwork to have a monster 2013 season. Sheets is committed to Stony Brook.

Games to watch

Garden City at Syosset (N.Y.), March 19
Syosset enters the year in the Top 25 and opens the year against a Garden City team that went 22-0 last season. The Trojans lost some talent to graduation but still have sharpshooter Justin Guterding and James Sullivan leading the way. Syosset midfielder Andrew Keith should be a thorn in the side of the Garden City defense. This should be a great matchup to start the 2013 season.

West Islip vs. Chaminade, March 30
Both teams enter 2013 ranked high in the national polls and this matchup be telling if both teams deserve to be where they are in those rankings. Both teams matchup well. Chaminade goalie Danny Fowler (Duke) will be busy with the firepower West Islip has in Nick Aponte , Ryan Wieczorek, and Kevin Braddish. Chaminade enters the contest with 15 division I players including Fowler, attackman Ryan Lukacovic, and defender Brian Dunne.

1. Chaminade (N.Y.)

Fifteen Division I players, including nine in the senior class, return from a team that finished 16-2. It's two losses were by a combined three goals. Goalie Dan Fowler (Duke) and Virginia-bound attackman Ryan Lukacovic (62 points) are top players.

2. St. Anthony's (N.Y.)

Nineteen Division I players, including 14 in the senior class, return from a team that won the CHSAA championship last season. The Friars lost two games to Chaminade in the regular season, but toppled the Flyers in the championship.

3. West Islip (N.Y.)

Senior Nick Aponte (Penn State) returns fresh off a three-goal, four-assist performance in a state championship win over Ithaca. Ryan Wieczorek (Delaware), who also played well in the final, gives the Lions an awesome 1-2 punch at midfield.

4. Garden City (N.Y.)

Following a remarkable 22-0 cruise to the Class B crown, Garden City lost All-Americans Devin Dwyer, Dan Marino (goalie) and Patric Berkery. An underrated factor in Garden City's favor: Faceoff master James Sullivan returns.

5. Ithaca (N.Y.)

The Little Red came up a little bit short against West Islip but lost just one other game. Ithaca boasts the Hartford-bound duo of Doug Biondi (three goals in the state final) and Jaedon Henderson, but needs to solve faceoff woes in big games.

6. Jamesville-Dewitt (N.Y.)

The Red Rams went 16-4 despite a new-look defense. Their final three losses came by a combined six goals. Griffin Feiner (Hartford) will spark the offense. Syracuse-bound All-American Jordan Evans also packs a punch.

7. Smithtown West (N.Y.)

The Bulls return 13 Division I-bound players from a team that finished 16-2 last season. A playoff loss to Ward Melville ended their season. Look for junior Ryan Keenan (Penn State) to lead the offense along with junior midfielder Christian Zawadzki.

8. Niskayuna (N.Y.)

The Silver Warriors lost just two games last season, both to state champions, and allowed just five goals per game. North Carolina-bound Luke Goldstock (144 points), Lucas Maloney (Penn State) and goalie Evan Quinn (Hartford) return.

9. Darien (Conn.)

The Blue Wave reasserted itself in Connecticut with its seventh state title in eight years. Darien lost a ton, including consensus No. 1 recruit Case Matheis, but Peter Lindley (UMass) will be back to help cushion the blow.

10. Duxbury (Mass.)

Led by CJ Loconte (Army) and Jay Walsh (Fairfield), the Dragons could again run the table in Massachusetts. Garden City was the only team to reach double figures against Duxbury.

News and notes

Trojans defending No. 1

Garden City looks to continue its dominance in the world of high school lacrosse after coming off a 22-0 season and New York Class B championship last year. The Trojans aren't shying away from playing the best as they have scheduled to play Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association powerhouse Loyola Blakefield on March 23 at M&T Bank Stadium, which is part of a college men's lacrosse doubleheader featuring Colgate-Navy and Virginia-Johns Hopkins. Several weeks later the Trojans will battle Massachusetts stalwart Duxbury (Mass.) at Harvard Stadium on April 6. And then in late April, the seven-time Nassau County champions will face Manhasset at the Wood Stick Classic on April 27.

Coaches versus cancer

The Coaches vs. Cancer Flower City Cup will take place in Rochester N.Y., on March 15-17. On Saturday, some high school scrimmages will take place that include notable teams: Bishop Timon (N.Y.), Fairport (N.Y.), Hamburg (N.Y.), Pittsford (N.Y.), and Canandaigua (N.Y.).

Check back to LaxMagazine.com every other Wednesday 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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