Memorable Mondays: Top 2011-12 teams
Welcome to MSGVarsity.com's Memorable Mondays, a summer-long series that looks back on the top players, games and moments from the past season and gazes ahead to 2012-13. As the summer goes on, we'll compile all the lists and post them here: www.msgvarsity.com/mondays. New lists will be posted every Monday morning.
In Week 9 of Memorable Mondays, we look at the top five teams from the past school year.
Garden City boys lacrosse
High-octane offense. Shutdown defense. Unbeatable goaltending.
It's no surprise why the Garden City Trojans boys lacrosse team was ranked the number one team, not just in New York state, but in the nation for the 2012 spring season.
Garden City steamrolled through the toughest that the country had to offer, going a perfect 22-0 while facing such stiff competition like Ward Melville, Massachusetts' Duxbury HS, and former number one team in the country Pennsylvania's Conestoga.
Justin Guterding (52 goals, 40 assists), Devin Dwyer (39 goals, 75 assists) and Liam Kennedy led the offensive charge, while Ed Blatz, Eugene Berkery, and Scott D'Antonio held the back end. Dan Marino was a wall between the pipes and held opponents to the lowest goals against in Nassau County (4.77 goals).
The Trojans steamrolled through Division, South Side, Long Beach, Wantagh, Sayville, Yorktown and Irondequoit to capture the New York State Class B championship.
Only one public high school football team on Long Island finished the 2011 fall season without a loss, and that distinction went to the Sayville Golden Flashes.
With Long Island's all-time passing yardage and TD pass leader, Steven Ferreira at the helm, Sayville scored more than 32 points every game. It all culminated in the Class III championship game where the Golden Flashes put up 78 points on the scoreboard. Ferreira only threw two TD passes, but his successor Zach Sirico ran for a LIC-record six touchdowns on the ground.
Sayville defeated Kings Park, Harborfields, Westhampton Beach, and Lawrence to capture the Long Island Class III football championship.
St. Anthony's football
For the third straight season and tenth time in 11 years, the Friars of St. Anthony's High School were the kings of the NY Catholic High School football league.
Without a true number one starting quarterback, St. Anthony's made every game a tight one, and four out of its ten wins came within a one-score differential. But in the end, the Friars were their usual selfs as they extended its winning streak to 29 games, a streak that has encompassed three years.
St. Anthony's defeated Mt. St. Michael's Academy, Iona Prep and Archbishop Stepinac en route to the CHSFL Class 'AAA' championship.
Haborfields boys basketball
The lone Long Island constant in Mike Quick's Tri-State boys basketball Top 20, the Harborfields Tornadoes dominated the Long Island hoops scene with a 23-3 overall record in 2011-12.
Led by catalyst Lucas Woodhouse, the Tornadoes captured its first ever NYSPHSAA Class 'A' championship with a 67-58 win over Tappan Zee. Woodhouse earned All-State first team honors by averaging 16 points and 13 assists.
Harborfields nearly captured the New York State Class 'A' Federation championship, bnut were ousted by fellow Long Island basketball powerhouses, Long Island Lutheran by a point in the finals, 62-61. The Tornadoes powered through Shoreham-Wading River, Amityville, Center Moriches, William Floyd, Bishop Kearney and Tappan Zee en route to the State Championship
Probably the one team that has completely flown under the softball radar, Kellenberg's softball team rolled to its first ever CHSAA state title with a perfect 29-0 record.
The Firebirds outscored its opponents by a staggering margin of 189-24 throughout the season and extended its league unbeaten streak to 44 games. They defeated Sacred Heart (Buffalo) and Archbishop Molloy in the state tournament to capture the crown
Join us throughout the summer as "Memorable Mondays" brings you one more top 5 list:
Aug. 27: Top five teams to watch in 2012-13
Find them all at www.msgvarsity.com/mondays.