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Meet the athletes who excelled during the 2012 boys lacrosse season. The awards were selected by MSG Varsity's staff of reporters and editors.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Brian Prestreau, Yorktown
The Stony Brook-bound senior All-American will go down as one of the best goal-scoring midfielders to ever suit up in the green and white. Prestreau racked up an absurd 67 goals to go with 15 assists in 2013. In the history of Yorktown's star-studded program, only legendary Syracuse All-American Roy Colsey had more goals (84) in a single season (1991) from the midfield position. Prestreau was nearly unstoppable attacking the cage from up top, combining eel-like dodging skills with one of the most lethal right-handed shots in the country. In fact, his shot was clocked at 97 MPH by a radar gun. Even more impressive, Prestreau did all of this against some of the best competition in the entire nation. He amassed a combined 25 goals in games against powerhouse programs Shenendehowa, Bronxville, Chaminade, Ridgefield and Niskayuna. Prestreau, a three-year varsity player, finished up his career with 98 goals and 20 assists.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Tim Horgan, Bronxville
Coach Tim Horgan was one quarter away from leading Bronxville to Section 1's first state title in a decade. The Broncos saw their lead slip away late in a 13-11 loss to Cazenovia in the Class C final. Still, the result took little away from what Horgan accomplished in 2013. Bronxville — which captured its third straight Section 1 Class C title — went an impressive 22-2 en route to making Section 1's first state title game appearance since John Jay-Cross River in 2007. The highlight of the entire postseason run was a thrilling semifinal win over defending state champ Shoreham-Wading River. The Broncos edged the Wildcats, 14-13, in an overtime thriller. Bronxville also posted a slew of impressive regular season wins over John Jay-CR, Bridgewater-Raritan (NJ), Somers and Mamaroneck. Overall, it had to be considered the best season in Bronxville program history. With the bulk of the offensive firepower returning next year, it's safe to say Horgan will have Bronxville back in the hunt for a state title in 2014.
Goalie: J.D. Colarusso, Sr., Arlington — Albany-bound standout made history in 2013, becoming the the first-ever Section 1 player from Dutchess County to receive All-American honors. Colarusso was an active presence between the pipes, adept at making stops, scooping up ground balls and engineering clears. He spearheaded an Arlington defense that relinquished just 5.82 goals a game.
Defense: Jack Lambert, Jr., John Jay-CR — Two-time All-American was the most dominant all-around player in the Hudson Valley. Lambert, who will play at UNC next season, was a lockdown defender in six-on-six and an absolute terror in transition. He totaled nine goals and led the Indians in ground balls with 102.
Defense: Trevor Koelsch, Sr., Yorktown — Hopkins-bound All-American consistently drew the opposition's best attackman and flourished in the lockdown role. Koelsch, a four-year varsity player, scooped up 19 ground balls and registered 31 takeaways.
Defense: Austin Fusco, Jr., Yorktown — Syracuse-bound All-American made the transition from long-stick middie to close defense and didn't skip a beat. Fusco was a nightmare for opposing attackmen, leading powerhouse Yorktown with 45 takeaways. He also scooped up 38 ground balls and notched two assists.
Midfield: Brian Prestreau, Sr., Yorktown — * Player of the Year *
Midfield: Peter Conley, Sr., Mamaroneck — Georgetown-bound All-American will go down as the best player in Mamaroneck lacrosse history. Conley was the most feared dodger in Section 1 and possessed a cannon of a shot. He totaled 59 goals and 36 assists in 2013 and finished his four-year varsity career with a whopping 275 points (189G, 86A).
Midfield: Luke Palmadesso, Jr., Yorktown — Villanova-bound All-American was Section 1's best at the dot, winning 79.5 percent of his faceoffs (153-for-195) to help the Huskers dominate possession all year. Rest-assured, Palmadesso wasn't your standard "FOGO," adding an even 16 goals and 16 assists as Yorktown's No. 2 offensive middie. He also led the team in ground balls with 105.
Attack: Nick Mariano, Sr., Yorktown — UMass-bound All-American led Section 1's best offense with 111 points (63G, 48A). The lefty sniper had a knack of sinking shots from ridiculous angles, changing the level of his stick before goalies knew what had happened. He wrapped up his four-year career with an eye-popping 268 points (176G, 92A) to place sixth on Yorktown's all-time scoring list.
Attack: Jack Grass, Sr., Bronxville — Two-time All-American overcame offseason shoulder surgery to lead the Broncos to their best season in program history. Grass, who will play at Johns Hopkins next year, was the quarterback of Bronxville's explosive offense. He totaled 41 goals and 56 assists in 2013 and ended his three-year career with an impressive 300 points (154G, 146A). Grass was at his best in the biggest games, racking up six points (1G, 5A) in a state semifinal win over defending champ Shoreham-Wading River and seven points (3G, 4A) in the championship game loss to Cazenovia.
Attack: Connor Vercruysse, Jr., Yorktown — Rutgers-bound All-American was a prototypical finisher all year, using his 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame to overpower the opposition around the crease. Vercruysse was Yorktown's third leading scorer, amassing 67 points on 61 goals and six assists.
G: Eric Pass, Sr., Bronxville
D: Jack Phelan, Sr., Yorktown
D: Charlie Tarry, So., Bronxville
D: Ross Schnitzer, Sr., Iona Prep
MF: Alex Corpolongo, Sr., Somers
MF: Shawn Smith, Jr., John Jay-CR
MF: Johnny van de Veerdonk, Sr., Putnam Valley
ATT: Kevin McDermott, Sr., Hendrick Hudson
ATT: Matt Behrens, Jr., Bronxville
ATT: Henry Grass, So., Bronxville