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From Northeast teams involved in the GEICO Lacrosse Showcase, to players and coaches reaching milestones for their programs, this week’s Northeast Notebook has a little of everything.
Geico Showcase Showdown
St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) went 2-0 in the GEICO Lacrosse Showcase last weekend. The Friars opened the weekend with a 20-10 win over Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.) on Saturday, then followed that up with an 11-9 win over Darien (Conn.). The event was hosted by St. Anthony's and the home team received a stellar performance by Jake Bonomi. The senior scored 10 goals and two assists in two games on national television. He opened the event with five goals and two assists against Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.), then scored five goals against Darien (Conn.) on Day 2. The Michigan commit has 39 goals and 10 assists this season.
Lincoln-Sudbury entered the game decimated by injuries. Head Coach Brian Vona said six starters were out due to either injury or illness heading into the St. Anthony’s game. Several players suffered ACL injuries, one had a broken bone and another was dealing with the flu. Despite the injuries, the Warriors fought hard against St. Anthony’s. The team battled to an 11-6 halftime score before the Friars managed to adjust and take over the game in the second half.
Darien (Conn.) was part of two of the more thrilling games of the weekend. The Blue Wave got up early on Seton Hall Prep (N.J.), scoring the first two goals of the game and leading 6-5 at halftime. They led 11-9 late in the fourth, but back-to-back goals by Kyle Stephenson with less than two minutes left in the game, knotted the score and sent the game to overtime. Against St. Anthony's, Darien went up 2-1 after the first and were down 5-4 at halftime. After Collin Ruppenstein tied the game at 5-5, the Blue Wave and Friars traded goals for the second half. Neither team led by more than a goal and Darien took a 9-8 lead with 8:24 left in the game. But a goals by Bonomi, the Andrew McAdorey gave the Friars a 10-9 lead. Bonomi sealed the game for the Friars with his fifth goal with 2:57 left. Darien senior goalie Andy Demopoulos had 13 saves in each game, which included a series of saves against St. Anthony's that was highlighted by GEICO and featured on Plays of the Week.
— Who's Next (@WhosNextHS) April 28, 2019
Lacrosse Community Rallies Around Coach Injured in Accident
GameTimeCT has more details on how the lacrosse community has rallied around Brien McMahon (Conn.) assistant coach Ty Guarente, who was left paralyzed from the waist down following a serious vehicle crash Monday.
“The car flipped over four or five times, end over end — not on a roll — bumper to bumper,” Scott said. “It took them like an hour to cut him out with the Jaws of Life. He ended up in the back seat somewhere with his seat belt still on.” - Source: Jeff Jacobs: Community rallies behind McMahon lacrosse coach Guarente after accident
There has been a GoFundMe page set up to help his family with medical expenses.
News and Notes
Manhasset (N.Y.) ended the 22-game winning streak of Garden City (N.Y.) with a 6-5 win in the Woodstick Class on April 27. The Indian have a seven game winning streak since dropping a 10-9 decision to St. Anthony’s on April 2.
Duxbury (Mass.) has shaken off a 2-3, including a three-game losing streak, has rebounded with four-straight wins. The Dragons knocked off previously undefeated Medfield (Mass.) 12-7. Junior Sam Heppenstall scored five goals in the win.
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