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Class B NYS Tournament Breakdown

Posted Friday, June 03, 2011 by Inside Lacrosse

Jamesville-DeWitt Red Rams (Section 3) vs. St. Lawrence Larries (Section 10)

Jamesville-DeWitt (19-0)

Avg. goals scored: 15.2

Avg. goals allowed: 3.4

Players to Watch: Jordan Evans (SO, A), Tim Edwards (SR, M/FO, Canisius), Alex Hatem (SR, M, Syracuse), Dan DiStefano (SR, G, Vermont), Matt Kopp (SR, LSM/D, Binghamton), Nick Firman (SR, D, Mount St. Mary’s), Scott Firman (SO, D)

Key Wins: West Genesee, Carthage, Vestal, Homer (x2)

How they got here: Another of the four undefeated squads in New York, the Red Rams have not lost a game since 2009, when they fell to eventual state champ Canandaigua – making it the longest active winning streak in the state at 41 games. Balanced with outstanding young talent and senior leadership, the team is brimming with experienced players who are looking to repeat as state champions. The Rams overpowered longtime rival Carthage 23-7 to win the Section 3 Class B title, and then followed that up with a 16-4 victory over Section 4 champ Vestal in the play-in to reach the quarterfinals.

St. Lawrence (11-4)

Avg. goals scored: 11.7

Avg. goals allowed: 9.8

Players to Watch: Nate Cole (JR, A), Brady Helmer (SR, A), Marshall Bemminghausen (FR, A), Andrew Fiske (SR, G)

Key Wins: Potsdam, Canton (x2), Glens Falls

How they got here: The Larries will have their work cut out for them in the quarterfinals, where they’re pit against one of the top teams in the state. St. Lawrence struggled at times in its Section 10 schedule, suffering losses to Massena, Potsdam and falling twice to Salmon River. But the Larries picked up a 7-6 win out of section against Section 2’s Glens Falls. Down the stretch, the Larries defeated Saranac Lake 13-9 to secure the Class C title and advance to the quarterfinals of the state championship.


Niagara-Wheatfield Falcons (Section 6) vs. Irondequoit Eagles (Section 5)

Niagara-Wheatfield (14-5)

Avg. goals scored: 15.1

Avg. goals allowed: 8.9

Players to Watch: Anthony Patterson (SR, A), Clark Abrams (JR, LSM), Corey Becker (JR, M), Rob Eisenbart (JR, G), Mo Bissell (SR, A)

Key Wins: Silver Creek, West Seneca East (x2), Hamburg

How they got here:  Though the regular season was a rocky one, including the 22-6 loss to Salmon River to start the schedule, the Falcons got it done when it mattered most, edging out West Seneca East 11-9 in the sectional playoffs. Then Niagara-Wheatfield followed that up by avenging its regular season loss to Hamburg by defeating the Bulldogs in OT, 10-9, to win the Section 6 Class B championship. Hamburg had won the four previous sectional titles. Niagara-Wheatfield is the lone team to have defeated Silver Creek.


Irondequoit (16-3)

Avg. goals scored: 12.9

Avg. goals allowed: 6.7

Players to Watch: Greg Coholan (SR, M, Virginia), Nick Doktor (JR, A, Penn), Andrew Cordes (JR, D), Max Kostyk (SR, A, Bowdoin), Colby Wehner (SR, D, Canisius), Emmy Poccia (SR, M, Hobart), Briele Caples (JR, M)

Key Wins: Ithaca, Bishop Timon-St. Jude, Fairport, Churchville-Chili (x2)

How they got here: Irondequoit turned heads early in the season by defeating Class A powerhouse Ithaca, and then went on to suffer losses to Duxbury, Pittsford and Pennfield. But the Eagles have not lost since May 3, and have held all but two competitors to 10 goals or less. Irondequoit earned a hard-fought 11-10 victory over Canandaigua in the Section 5 semifinals, and then defeated Churchville-Chili 18-8 for the Class B title. The Eagles boast five 20+ goal scorers.


Yorktown Cornhuskers (Section 1) vs. Burnt Hills Spartans (Section 2)

Yorktown (13-7)

Avg. goals scored: 12.1

Avg. goals allowed: 7.9

Players to Watch: Justin Mabus (SR, A, Towson), Tyler Schuldt (SR, A, Hartford), Trevor Koelsch (SO, LSM, Johns Hopkins), Conor Gateley (JR, A), Nick Mariano (SO, A), Tyler Fahey (SR, D)

Key Wins: Shenendehowa, Brewster, Lakeland/Panas, John Jay-Cross River (x2), Somers, Saugerties

How they got here: The ‘Huskers went on two separate three-game losing skids in the regular season, but showed poise in fighting back down the stretch to emerge as the Section 1 Class B champs. This battled-tested Yorktown team had some hard-fought losses to some of the best teams around in Darien (CT), Chaminade, St. Anthony’s and Ridgefield (NJ), but they also have quality wins over the likes of Section 2 Class A champ Shenendehowa, Somers and John Jay. That experience helped them in the playoffs, where the ‘Huskers dismantled John Jay 14-5 and then routed Saugerties 24-5 for the title.  


Burnt Hills (11-7)

Avg. goals scored: 8.1

Avg. goals allowed: 8.7

Players to Watch: Alex Lewek (SR, M, RPI), Marc Cerrone (SR, D, Endicott)

Key Wins: Albany Academy, Queensbury (x2), Shaker

How they got here: The Spartans suffered all of their regular season losses to Class A competition, and come playoff time, Burnt Hills pulled off back-to-back wins over Albany Academy and then Queensbury to secure the Section 2 Class B championship – the first for the program in just its fifth year of existence. Head coach Tom Schwan took the helm in 2010, guiding the team to a 10-9 record. This season, the program has managed nearly as many wins this year as it totaled from 2007 to 2009 (12).


Garden City Trojans (Section 8) vs. Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats (Section 11)

Garden City (17-2)

Avg. goals scored: 11.2

Avg. goals allowed: 3.5

Players to Watch: Tom Gordon (SR, A/M, Johns Hopkins), Stephen Jehalka (SR, D, Harvard), Brian Fischer (SR, D, Harvard), Devin Dwyer (JR, A), Brian Coleman (SR, A, Penn), J.P. Burnside (SR, LSM/D, Penn State), Dan Marino (JR, G, Virginia)

Key Wins: Syosset, Smithtown West, San Ramon Valley (CA), Manhasset (x2), Wantagh, Duxbury (MA)

How they got here: Paced by one of the better Long Island defenses in recent memory, the Trojans have been on fire since their non-league losses to Ward Melville and St. Paul's (Md.), respectively. They executed the impressive task by handing Manhasset a pair of defeats, 10-6 in late April as well as a huge 6-5 victory in Tuesday night's Nassau County final.  Along with Jamesville-DeWitt, the Trojans are one of the teams to beat in Class B right now. The team has pitched two shutouts and has allowed 10 goals only one time this season, in a loss to Ward Melville back in early April.


Shoreham-Wading River (17-2)

Avg. goals scored: 12.7

Avg. goals allowed: 7.4

Players to Watch: Mike Malave (SR, M, Hofstra), Chris Mahoney (JR, D, Ohio State), Trevor Brosco (JR, M, Notre Dame), Tim Rotanz (SO, A, uncommitted)

Key Wins:  Farmingdale, Huntington (x2), Eastport/South Manor (x2), Mountain Lakes (NJ), Bayport-Blue Point

 How they got here: The Wildcats, a well-coached team with a bevy of experienced players, have been one of the more underrated squads on Long Island this year. They've had just two slip-ups, to Islip and Comsewogue, and could give Garden City a run for their money if the Trojans overlook them.    


Ty Xanders contributed to this report.

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