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April 8, 2014

Nike/US Lacrosse Northeast Region Report

by Will Cleveland | LaxMagazine.com

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Player of the Week 

Brian Cannon, Northport (N.Y.), Sr. A

Cannon, who is headed to North Carolina, recorded 10 goals and five assists to help the Tigers improve to 4-1 on the season with three decisive wins, including a 13-7 upset of defending Class A state champion Ward Melville. Cannon had one goal and three assists in that game to help the Tigers defeat the Patriots for the first time since 2005. Cannon now has 15 goals and nine assists in five games this season. Ward Melville beat the Tigers, 11-2, last season. Cannon finished his junior season with 48 goals and 38 assists.

Also Notable: Andrew Abbattista, Fordham Prep (N.Y.); Jordan Walter, Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.), Jon Perotto, Pittsford (N.Y.).

Game of the Week

Trinity Catholic (Conn.) at Darien (Conn.), April 9

Last year, Darien finished 12-8 as it failed to advance to the state final four for the first time in 25 years. Darien lost to New Canaan (Conn.) in the FCIAC semifinals and then saw its season end with a loss to Wilton (Conn.) in the state Class M quarterfinals. Jeff Brameier is in his 31st season as head coach at Darien. He sports a career record of 483-129. The Blue Wave are anchored by senior goalie Phil Huffard. Huffard, a three-year starter, is headed to Yale. They also have a dynamic attackman in Peter Lindley. Lindley, who is committed to UMass, was a first-team FCIAC selection last season.

Northeast Region Top 10

1. Smithtown West (N.Y.), 6-0
Smithtown West continued to roll as it completed a perfect week with wins over West Islip (N.Y) and Riverhead (N.Y.). Christian Zawadzki (Maryland) totaled three goals and one assist and sophomore Jimmy Caddigan added two goals and one assist in the West Islip win. Matt Heldberg (Colgate) tallied five goals and Ryan Keenan (Penn State) had four goals and three assists in the Riverhead win.

2. Chaminade (N.Y.), 4-0
Jack Tigh, Owen Rogers, and Sean Cerrone each netted two goals to help Chaminade earn a 10-4 win over fast-rising Fordham Prep. Chaminade allowed just one goal in the first half. The Flyers closed the week with an 8-6 win over West Islip (N.Y.). Thomas O'Connell and John Brennan each finished with one goal and two assists in that win.

3. Garden City (N.Y.), 4-1
The Trojans posted an 11-8 win over Sewanhaka (N.Y.) and followed that up with a 7-4 win over Wantagh (N.Y.). Luke McDaid registered a combined four goals and four assists in the two wins. Danny Dolan (UMass) recorded 15 saves in the Wantagh win and Brian Hughes registered 10 saves in the win over Sewanhaka.

4. Darien (Conn.), 0-0
This ranking is on reputation. The Blue Wave look to rebound this season after a down year, but Darien should benefit from a strong returning core of 33 players, including 12 who started at some point last season. The Blue Wave open the season this week against Trinity Catholic (Conn.). There is also a looming matchup against Niskayuna on April 12.

5. Fordham Prep (N.Y.), 4-1
Chaminade defeated the Rams, 10-4, to open the week. Fordham Prep closed the week with an 11-3 win over Albany Christian Brothers Academy (N.Y.). After going scoreless against Chaminade, sophomore attackman Andrew Abbattista posted an incredible day with two goals and 11 assists in the CBA win. Junior attackman Kevin Sohr added a season-high three goals.

6. Massapequa (N.Y.), 4-2
A week after dropping close decisions to Chaminade and Garden City, the Chiefs rebounded with a pair of wins of over Section VIII foes Oceanside (N.Y.) and Baldwin (N.Y.). Ian Kirby (Towson) finished with a season-high three goals and two assists in the 15-6 win over Oceanside. Jim Byrns (Quinnipiac) and Ryan Tierney each tallied two goals and one assist to power Massapequa to an 8-6 win over Baldwin.

7. Niskayuna (N.Y.), 2-0
The Section II (Albany region) Silver Warriors opened the season with an 18-3 win over Saratoga Springs (N.Y.) and followed that up with an 18-8 win over Ballston Spa (N.Y.). Senior Michael D'Amario (Virginia) totaled nine goals and six assists and junior Aidan O'Brien, a North Carolina commit, added four goals and eight assists in the two wins.

8. Rocky Point (N.Y.) 5-0
A one-goal win over Smithtown East is the Eagles' calling-card so far this season, as its other four wins have been by wide margins but against sub-par teams (their wins besides that 8-7 win over the 4-1 Smithtown club have come by a combined 55-10 margin but against four teams with a 4-18 record). 

9. Manhasset (N.Y.) 2-2
A pair of one-goal losses drop the Indians, but they remain in the national poll for the time being. South Side and Cold Spring harbor downed Manhasset this week, with Seaford coming up on Wednesday.

10. Ward Melville (N.Y.), 4-2
The Patriots went 2-1 last week, posting an 18-9 win over Middle Country (N.Y.), a 13-7 loss to Northport (N.Y.), and an 8-7 overtime win against Yorktown (N.Y.). Danny Bucaro (Georgetown) finished with eight goals and nine assists in the three games. He now has 16 goals and 14 assists this season. Bucaro scored unassisted with 1:25 left in overtime to lift the Patriots against Yorktown. Young Hur scored off a feed from Bucaro with 30 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime. Northport secured its first win over the Patriots since 2005.


Last weekend at Hamilton College, Pittsford (N.Y.) secured one of the most impressive wins of the early season. The Panthers secured a 6-5 win over traditional Massachusetts powerhouse Duxbury. Sophomore attackman Jon Perotto scored with 3:12 left in the fourth quarter to break a 5-5 tie for the Panthers (3-0). Perotto finished with two goals.


Junior midfielder Brandon Barker, an Ohio State commit, finished with three goals and one assist and senior attackman Stephen Quinzi (Georgetown) added one goal and one assist for Pittsford. The Section V Panthers (a suburb of Rochester) are coached by former Irondequoit (N.Y.) and University of Maryland standout Andrew Whipple.


East Syracuse Minoa (N.Y.) posted an 11-10 upset over Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.) last week. ESM (4-0) scored two goals in the final two minutes to secure the win. The Red Rams, who have won 14 sectional titles and have advanced to the last four state final fours, are now 1-1. Kollin Diedrickson tied the game at 10-10 with two minutes left for ESM. TJ VanDeusen netted the winner with 39 seconds remaining. VanDeusen finished with a game-high four goals. Ryan Durkin led J-D with four goals.

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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