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June 17, 2014

Nike/US Lacrosse Northeast Region Report

by Will Cleveland | LaxMagazine.com

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Player of the Week 

Luke Finneran, Greenwich (Conn.)

The senior attackman helped the Cardinals claim their first Class L state championship with a 13-10 win over Staples-Westport. He finished with four goals and three assists in the championship game win. He netted two goals to lead the Cardinals to a gritty 7-5 win over rival Ridgefield in the state semifinals.

Also Notable: Michael Kraus, New Canaan (Conn.); Phil Huffard, Darien (Conn.).

Northeast Region Top 10

1. Darien (Conn.), 23-0

The Blue Wave capped a perfect season with a 10-8 win over rival New Canaan (Conn.) in Class M state title game. Senior Phil Huffard (Yale) recorded 10 saves and seven different players notched goals for Darien, which upended New Canaan (17-5) three times this season and claimed its 10th state title in program history.

2. 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.

3. Greenwich (Conn.), 20-3

In arguably the Northeast's best rivalry this season, the Cardinals topped Ridgefield (Conn.) for the third time with a 7-5 decision in the Class L state semifinals. The Cardinals claimed their first state title with a 13-10 win over Staples-Westport. Luke Finneran and Will Perry each scored twice and Tommy Rogan recorded eight saves to propel Greenwich to the semifinal win. Senior Jamie Paradise totaled two goals and three assists and Perry added three goals in the championship win.

4. Massapequa (N.Y.), 19-2

The Chiefs claimed their first state championship two weeks ago and cemented their claim as the top team in New York public play.

5. St. Anthony' (N.Y.), 13-5

The Friars finished the year as CHSAA AAA runners-up after falling 13-6 to Chaminade. Joe Licciardi led the team with 41 points on 32 goals and nine assists.

6. Yorktown (N.Y.), 18-5

The Cornhuskers catapult into the regional rankings last week after winning the Class B state championship. Yorktown claimed its first state title in 11 years and its seventh title overall.

7. Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.), 20-2

The Red Rams lost in the Class B state championship game for the second straight year. They wrapped up their season at 20-2 and as arguably the strongest team in Central New York (Section III – Syracuse area).

8. Niskayuna (N.Y.), 19-2

The Silver Warriors advanced to the state semifinals for the third time in four seasons. Led by senior attackman Mike D'Amario (Virginia), Niskayuna lost just twice this year – in the state semifinals to eventual champ Massapequa and early in the regular season to top-ranked Darien.

9. Ridgefield (Conn.), 16-5

The Tigers lost five times this season and three of those losses came to eventual Class L state champion Greenwich (Conn.). The first two Greenwich/Ridgefield games were one-goal decisions that featured five combined overtimes. The final Greenwich/Ridgefield game was a 7-5 affair in the state semifinals won by the Cardinals. Brendan Winner stopped 10 shots and Simon Mathias scored twice for the Tigers.

10. Bronxville (N.Y.), 18-6

The Broncos advanced to the state Class C title game for the second straight year. Unlike last year when they dropped a 13-11 decision to Cazenovia (N.Y.), the Broncos secured a 13-10 win over the Lakers in the state championship game two weeks ago.

News and Notes

Bedford (N.H.) capped a perfect season at 21-0 with a state title in New Hampshire Division II. The Bulldogs upended Goffstown (N.H.) 14-11.


Bishop Guertin (N.H.) claimed its fifth straight New Hampshire Division I state title over the weekend with a 10-6 win over rival Pinkerton (N.H.). The Cardinals topped the Astros 14-11 earlier in the regular season.


Chris Wiggins scored with 1:05 left in the second overtime to lift Acton-Boxboro (Mass.) to a 5-4 win over Duxbury (Mass.) in the Massachusetts Division I state final.

This is the final week of Nike/US Lacrosse Region Reports on LaxMagazine.com. Next week will feature the Region Rewind, with a final Top 10 and Player of the Year for each region in boys' and girls' high school lacrosse for 2014.

2014 Northeast Region Report Archive

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