The Iona Prep Gaels seem to be waging a never-ending battle for respect throughout the region.
Despite a groundbreaking season that included wins against traditional Section 1 powers Lakeland/Panas and Somers and a one-goal loss to four-time Class C sectional champ Rye, some still assert the Gaels can’t hang with the big boys.
Well today, Iona Prep took another step toward silencing their skeptics. Granted, it was “just” a scrimmage, but both teams took it seriously. And Iona Prep won 10-9 without leading scorer Nick Trizano.
Trizano, one of four Division I-bound Gaels, was out with an ankle injury. Trizano led the nation in scoring with 104 goals and 166 points last season. His cousin, junior midfielder Steve Trizano, was also sidelined with an injury today.
Nevertheless, the Gaels managed to stretch a 6-2 lead to 9-2 at the half.
“They are big and strong and have really good shooters,” John Jay coach Nick Savastano said of the Gaels. “I was very impressed with their team and I was also impressed with my team for hanging in there and not folding.”
Once again, “just” a scrimmage, but there’s a lot to chew on here, folks.
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