[singlepic id=87 w=320 h=240 float=left]Yorktown. Consider yourself warned.
Fairfield Prep. Beware.
You too John Jay. And New Canaan. And Wilton. And all the teams on St. Anthony’s regular-season schedule.
If the team’s performance at today’s Red/Gray Shootout at Somers is any indication and yes, it was a preseason event played with 23-minute halves and a running clock the Friars may just be the best team in the entire region.
Of course, West Islip, Darien, Syosset and Yorktown among others may have something to say about that.
But performances don’t get much more impressive than the one St. Anthony’s enjoyed today.
The big news was the showdown between the Friars, who check in at No. 10 in the latest Inside Lacrosse national rankings, and Mountain Lakes, which is No. 4.
The Friars came out and controlled the ball for the majority of the first half. Only a stellar performance by Navy-bound junior goaltender John Muti of the Lakers prevented it from a being a rout from the start. But even the solid and at times spectacular play of Muti couldn’t prevent St. Anthony’s from coming away with a 9-2 win. The Friars, who played mostly subs in the second half, led 4-1 at the half.
The Friars’ eight Division I-bound players includes five LaxLessons.com preseason Nassau/Suffolk players to watch.
Tom Schreiber, the No. 5-ranked junior in the nation by Inside Lacrosse, is a talented midfielder who appears to be headed to Princeton. Lefty attackman Will Manny was an offensive dynamo, including in a one-sided win over Don Bosco. Towson-bound Michael Keane was one of the team’s standouts on defense.
Mountain Lakes has its fair share of major D-I players as well, including two midfielders headed for Duke (Jake Tripucka and Greg DeLuca) and another (Chase Winter) who has committed to Hopkins. Winter and Tripucka are ranked among the top 20 seniors in the nation.Virginia-bound defenseman Scott McWilliams is the No. 2 junior in the country.
Though today’s event was obviously a preseason one, with coaches playing many different combinations and subbing freeley, in one of the biggest surprises of the day, Guilderland defeat Mountain Lakes 7-2. With good size and depth, Guilderland appears to be a program on the rise.
Ithaca-bound senior goaltender Luke Robinson came up big as Fox Lane picked up a 4-1 win over Don Bosco. Attackman Chase Beitzel, attackman/midfielder Connor Morris, midfielder Colin Dowey and defensemen Noah Hammer and Mike Froehlich all played well for the Foxes.
In the matchup of Westchester teams, Somers beat Fox Lane 7-2 behind the effort of Joe Marasco, who was able to score more than his fair of goals despite being the obvious focus of much defensive attention.
The Tuskers also got a big lift from the play of midfielders Dylan Haas, Matt Deiana and Rob Lombardo. Deiana and Lombardo, football stars for the Tuskers who opted not to play last season, have clearly given the Tuskers a boost. Deiana excelled on faceoffs and had several well-placed bounce shots on goals with his off-hand. Lombardo fired in a blast on a fastbreak against Don Bosco.
Somers, which has a good group of returning starters (including Marasco, Haas, Colgate-bound Erik Pfiffner and 6-5 defenseman Erik Zmuidins), also got strong play from attackman Greg Petre, attackman Cole Partenza and defensemen John Bello and Christian Smith as well as sophomores Eddie Schurr (defense) and Kieran Donohue (attack).
With most of the six teams playing five scrimmages, there were plenty of exhausted players went action ended just after 3 p.m. But it was a well-organized and well-run event that seems destined to become an annual affair.
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Reach Joe Lombardi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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