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LILJ Boys High School Winter League Recap: Week 1

The boys were back in action this past Sunday for some great lacrosse. There were four games in the boys league, and two of them were decided by one goal. Overall the day was filled with some great highlights and big time plays being made. Let’s jump into the action of how each game went down.

St. Anthonys vs. Ward Melville 2

The Friars and Patriots took the field for game 1 in the boys league. This was Ward Melville’s second team which is made up of freshman and sophomores. The Friars have a bunch of upperclassmen on their team and proved to be an advantage in this one. Jack Ponzio and Pat Carragher helped them jump out to an early lead. By halftime the score was 6-0 Friars

Ward Melville looked to get back in the game in the second half with Nicolaus Feldmann finding Hunter Morgan for their first goal of the game. This one came in a man-up situation for the Patriots. They managed to score three goals in the second half, but just couldn’t stop the Friars high octane offense. Anderson Eads had a GLE Top 10 Play with a low riser top corner goal to give them a 10-1 lead. The final score ended up being a 14-3 victory for the Friars. One of their other keys to winning this one was their dominance on the face-offs. Owen Mcintee took the  face-offs and dominated which earned him the Epoch Player of the Game.

Ward Melville 1 vs. Hills

This game between the Patriots’ upperclassmen and Hills was an epic one. It was a back-and-fourth affair that went down to the final minute but Ward Melville narrowly escaped with a 10-9 win. Their key to victory was a balanced offensive attack and dominating the face-offs. Kevin Dolan and Nick Bruckner combined for five goals and the face-off game was owned by Michael Kitevski and Madden Murphy. Kitevski was 11/11 in face-offs and Murphy was 10/10. These two face-off specialists were both the epoch player of the game for the Patriots.

Hills was led by the duo of Anthony Raio and Andrew Consentino (who recently committed to Towson) who combined for all nine of the team’s goals. Raio even had a GLE Top 10 Play, splitting two defenders and launching a missile to tie the game. A key flag late in the game, cost Hills an opportunity to tie the game as they were down a man and Ward Melville was able to run out the clock and win the game.

Bay Shore vs. Smithtown East 

The Marauders and the Bulls also went down to the wire in a low scoring battle. Smithtown East jumped out to a four goal lead but Bay Shore came roaring back to make it a game. Marcus Wertheim and Joe Hobot helped the Bulls build that lead, early on the game. They also got great play from their two goalies, Nick Mathes and Brendan Carroll who saved a ton of Bay Shore shots.

Bay Shore made it a game thanks to Nate Nagengast who scored two connectives goals in the second half to bring them within one, but ultimately they just couldn’t get that last goal that they were looking for to even up the score and the Bulls came away with a 6-5 win. Andrew Donato had a GLE top 10 play late in the game, backing his way in and absorbing the contact for a big insurance goal. Nick Mathes was the Epoch Player of the Game for his elite play in the net during the first half for Smithtown.

Red & Black vs. St. John the Baptist

The final game of the day was a big win for the Red & Black squad which is a team of players from Mt. Sinai. They cruised to a 13-0 win over SJB. The experience of Red & Black helped them earn this dominant win. The Spallina brothers, Jake and Brett had their hands all over this one, winging face-offs and locking dow on the defensive end. Cole Marsala was a force on the offensive end and was the Epoch Player of the Game.

SJB has a young squad and was looking to get into their offensive sets and develop some consistency. They had some opportunities, but couldn’t get anything on the board. As the season goes on they should continue to get better on both sides of the ball.


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