NJ boys lacrosse power rankings (5/29/12)
The Panthers' abundant firepower was on display Saturday with three goals each from Ryan Hollingsworth, Scott Bieda, Ray Mastroianni and John Longordo in a 17-10 win over Westfield in Group 4 semifinals. The defending champion squares off against Hunterdon Central for the title at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Somerville.
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Jack Ray, Max Allen and Conor Scavone paced a strong second half as the Ironmen rallied past Seton Hall Prep, 14-12, Saturday in the Non-Public A semifinal. John Petzold, Brian Kittredge and goalie William Collopy anchor the team's defense Wednesday against Delbarton for the Non-Public A crown at 5 p.m. at Livingston.
Senior attackman Nick Kilkowski and senior middie David Kalin each poured in 19 goals while the Summit defense--led by Will Weber, Tyler Carbone and goalie Alex Salazar--allowed just 14 total through the first four state tournament games. The Hilltoppers gun for a fourth consecutive state title when they battle Glen Ridge for Group 1 at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Livingston.
John Pipas, Stephen Puleo, Shane Taggert, Nick Soriano, Patrick O'Donoghue and goalie Jake Andersen anchor a defense that has yielded just 3.3 goals over the last six games. Senior Blake Searfoss has 23 assists in that span. Red Devils face No. 1 Bridgewater-Raritan for Group 4 crown at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Somerville.
Chris Palladino, Mitchell Gray, Brian Mangion and the rest of the defense were sharp Saturday in a 4-3 loss to Hunterdon Central in the Group 4 semifinals. Senior attackman Connor Meth closed the season with 55 goals, 28 assists for team-high 83 points.
Junior middie Matt Killian continued his clutch play with three goals and one assist Saturday in a 14-9 win over St. Augustine in Non-Public A semifinals. Sean Donnelly, Jack Clarke, Kevin Lewis and Grant VonFossan each scored twice. Green Wave looks for a championship repeat against Don Bosco Prep at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Livingston.
Matt Raposo and Logan LeBlond have netted nine goals apiece for the Pioneers in their first three Group 2 state tournament games. Meanwhile, Randy Maroney, Pat Grega and Chris Contino paced a defense that allowed only eight goals. Somerville seeks its first title against Chatham at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Ridge.
A bumpy early season is forgotten (or was drawn upon) as Maroons prepare for Group 3 final against Morristown at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ridge. Jack Allard scored nine goals and Garcia Logan seven in four state tourney games while Tripp Telesco and Ryan Ghaderi continue to anchor the defense.
Jameson Smith has plunked down 15 goals, Matt Lander has recorded 15 assists and versatile Colin Goldstein's done a little bit of everything in four state tournament games. John Winchell, Eric Prezioso and the other defenders hope to be sharp against Summit in the Group 1 championship at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Livingston.
Senior middie Eric Dircks and senior attackman Jon Broome each sank 10 goals in four Group 1 state tournament games, though their solid efforts could not carry the Lakers past Glen Ridge Saturday, 10-4, in the state semifinals. Teammate Rob Orazietti finished with a team-high 48 goals.
The program's finest season ever came to a close Saturday against powerhouse Summit, 13-7, in the Group 1 semifinals. Mike Clarke netted four goals and closed the season with 35. Jack Curran scored twice and finished with 57 goals, 26 assists for a team-high 83 points.
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Tim Mulrenan and Paul Werner (three goals each) paced the offense in a thrilling shootout with Don Bosco Prep Saturday, but their Pirates fell, 14-12, in the Non-Public A semifinals. Mulrenan led the Prep with 42 goals, 36 assists for 78 points.
The Cougars have allowed a total eight goals in the last four games behind the sturdy play of Will Weichert, Thomas Stephan, Owen Hewes, Chris Peters and goalie Corey Fritts. Chatham faces Somerville for the Group 2 title at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Ridge.
The Panthers' marvelous season--played entirely on the road--concluded in heartbreaking fashion last Thursday, 13-12, to Rumson in triple-overtime in the Group 1 quarterfinals. Tim Miller, Braeden DeWan, Alex Walker, Pat Egan and Mike DeCarlo directed a sizzling 8-0 run in the final 7:42 of regulation to knot the game at 12-12.
The Cougars went 9-2 in May and beat two teams--Glen Ridge and Pingry--who will be playing for state championships Wednesday. Senior attackman Kevin Wanke recorded 71 goals and 42 assists this season and became the school's all-time scoring leader with 288 career points.