2008 STATE CHAMPIONS
FINAL RECORD 21 - 2
State Final LHS-14/Medfield-10 (6/14)
LHS captures 17th boys state lacrosse title! Down 7 to 4 with nine minutes remaining in the second quarter, LHS ripped through a dominating 9 to 1 scoring run to take a 13 to 8 lead with 3 minutes to play. During the run, LHS got to within one at halftime, 7 to 8, and then blew the game open with a 5 to 0 blanking in the third quarter to take total control of the contest. The turnaround was fueled by the faceoff power of Niko Sierra, and an aggressive and punishing close defense of Sam McGrath, Matt Gagne and Collin Schmitt, who began to greatly harass and limit the quality of the shots coming from the Medfield attack (Collin later capped off the game by scoring the 14th LHS goal on a long run with just over a minute to play). Niko took 24 of 28 faceoff draws against his #15 Medfield opponent, Brian Foster, winning 14. Griffin Wagner, in relief of Niko, also won half of his face-offs against Foster and helped wear him down. Alex Scyocurka played the best game I have ever seen by a player that didn’t touch the ball. His efforts on midfield defense to deny his man the ball were unbelievable! He played lock down defense and took his man, typically Medfield’s best offensive midfielder, totally out of the game, each and every time. Charlie Sullivan was flying all over the field and his big hit (and penalty) near midfield emphatically announced to all that this was a team going all out. Midfielders David Thor, Niko Sierra, Richard Travers, Gavin Parker and Griffin Wagner contributed significantly to the offense and they combined to have many nice ground balls, clears, shots and goals. They clearly kept the Medfield defense off balance and helped “stretch” the field for the LHS offense. James Reardon, in his last game, contributed six big points and many outstanding plays. James and his vocal focus on winning “states” was a beacon for the team all season. However, the player of the game was clearly goalie Richard Al-Husseini, who recorded a career high 19 saves, many of them dramatic. Richard kept LHS in the game early when it looked as though Medfield might run LHS out of town, with 6 first quarter saves, and then stonewalled Medfield with a huge 11-save second half. Richard made sure the door stayed shut for Medfield. After the game, the players, friends and families mingled and celebrated, smiled, shook hands and stood for pictures on the sidelines, no doubt delaying the start of the girls’ final which was immediately following. In that game, the LHS girls, a big underdog to Westwood, fell by the close score of 7 to 10, earning a moral victory in defeat. For the season there were a number of performances that stood out; senior James Reardon shattered the career point record with 329 and his point total of 136 for the year is the second highest of all time; his line mate, junior Kyle Smith, with 311 points follows very close behind. Kyle’s 149 points, including 92 goals, set LHS single season records this year; Derek Brown had an outstanding year and with his career high 54 points thrown in, made the Reardon, Brown, Smith attack unit one of the highest scoring groups in state history; David Thor’s unexpected return to school this year allowed him to climb into the LHS record books with his top ten midfielder performances in goals this year (44) and career points (123). Finally, it is the last call for fourteen wonderful seniors who previously had won team titles in football, basketball, hockey and skiing as they capped off their high school careers with a state lacrosse title; #1-Dan Ryan, #2-Teddy Chesbro, #5-Sam McGrath, #10-Gavin Parker, #11-James Reardon, #12-Richard Travers, #13-Sean McDonough, #14-Charlie Sullivan, #16-Richard Al-Husseini, #18-Matt Gagne, #22-Collin Schmitt, #23-Chris Hess, #26-Derek Brown, #33-Dave Thor. Good luck to you all and thank you.
Goals: Smith (4), Reardon (2), Thor (2), Travers (2), Brown, Sierra, Parker, Schmitt
Assists: Reardon (4), Smith (2), Brown, Sierra
State Semi-Final LHS-14/Westborough-4 (6/11)
Westborough, a team that had given up as many as 10 goals only twice all season, was shredded by LHS to the score of 12-0 before halfway through the second quarter in an impressive display of skill and teamwork, at which time Coach Rauseo pulled all the starters (except for goalie Richard Al-Husseini). The second teamers then played seventeen-win Westborough to nearly a dead even standstill for the final 30 minutes of the game. With the win, LHS qualified for its’ 32nd appearance in the state title game, where it will meet Medfield in pursuit of the school’s 17th state title. On championship Saturday the LHS boys will be joined by the LHS girls who also qualified for their title game by winning their state semi -final match. Another great day for Longmeadow lacrosse! During the game, Richard Al-Husseini played extremely well in goal, with 9 big saves and many good outlet passes, and when Dave Whalen subbed for him with six minutes to play he received much deserved applause from the crowd as he left the field. Afterwards he was seen being interviewed for the news. David Thor intercepted three Westborough passes on the same midfield defensive shift in the second quarter, a feat so unusual that it deserves mention, and as always, he played a strong offensive game. Derek Brown, who is peaking at exactly the right time, had his third strong game in a row - the attack line now brings 325 points into the championship game. Griffin Wagner, for the second time in the playoffs, won all of his face-off draws (7) and Connor Dendievel played extremely well in his first extended runs at the long stick middie position all season. Good luck and have fun on Saturday. You have been fun to watch and are an exceptional team.
Goals: Reardon (4), Smith (3), Thor (2), Brown, Sierra, Heger, Cresci, Parker
Assists: Smith (4), Brown (2), Wagner (2), Sierra, McKeown
Western Mass Final LHS-15/Minnechaug-6 (6/7)
On a blistering hot evening, LHS pulled away from underdog Minnechaug and claimed its’ second straight Western Mass title by a 15 to 6 score in front of a big crowd at Holyoke H.S., boosting its record to 19 wins against only 2 defeats. On Wednesday, LHS will meet the winner of Sunday’s Central Mass title game, either Westborough or Shrewsbury, in the state semi- finals at East Longmeadow H.S. Minnechaug’s success at the face-off X in the first half enabled it to keep the ball from the LHS offense, and the score close at the half, as they were down only 4 to 7. James Reardon’s first half offensive show (5 points in the first 24 minutes) helped immensely in staking LHS to its’ lead. In the second half, it was a different story as LHS began to overpower and wear down Minnechaug, as Niko Sierra began to control face-offs and the team began to increase the quality of its’ scoring chances. For the game, Sam McGrath, Derek Brown and Richard Al-Husseini stood out. Sam played great defense and was all over the field. Sam also scored the 12th LHS goal unassisted after a long run through the Minnechaug ride and defense. Derek had a season high six points and Richard made numerous tough saves. During the second half, Kyle Smith quietly found his way into the record books, his 85 goals and 136 points on the year are both new single season records as he passed previous record holders Mike Sweet ’88 and Ed Carey ’85 in both categories.
Goals: Reardon (4), Smith (3), Travers (3), Brown (2), Thor (2), McGrath
Assists: Brown (4), Reardon (3), Smith (2), Scyocurka
LHS-23/St. Josephs-6 (6/3)
Whatever thoughts surprise semi-finalist St. Josephs of Pittsfield had of beating LHS were quickly snuffed out as LHS struck for six goals in the first three-and-a-half minutes of the game. In fact, the score was 8 to 0 before the St. Josephs attack touched the ball. The St. Josephs attack, which had torched East Longmeadow in their first round playoff victory, was a non-factor. LHS continued to score at will and led 17 to 2 at the six minute mark of the second quarter, which is the point at which Coach Rauseo pulled the starting players. During the game, Griffin Wagner won all seven of his face-off draws, Niko Sierra had a career high four assists (and six face-off wins), Matt Gagne got his first point of the season (an assist to Jake Heger), Richard Al-Husseini played well in goal (9 saves), and defensive specialist Alex Scyocurka pushed his consecutive game scoring streak to two! Awaiting the team in the Western Mass finals will be Minnechaug, who defeated Westfield in the other semi-final. Both games were played as a double-header on the Holyoke High turf field, as will be the Western Mass championship.
Goals: Smith (5), Reardon (4), Thor (4), Heger (2), Travers (2), McKeown (2), Brown, McKenna, Scyocurka, Cresci
Assists: Sierra (4), Reardon (2), Heger (2), Brown (2), Smith, Sullivan, Gagne
LHS-14/South Hadley-4 (5/27)
LHS finished its regular season with a 14 to 4 win at South Hadley and a record of 17 wins and 2 losses. Up next is the four game “playoff” season, win out and the team captures the 17th state title in school history! During the game, defensive midfielder Alex Scyocurka scored his first points of the season with a goal and an assist, David Thor moved past Ellis Reavey (who had 107 career points) into tenth place all time on the midfield point list and James Reardon became the first LHS player to cross the 300 career point threshold.
Goals: Smith (4), Reardon (2), Thor (2), Sierra (2), Brown (2), Scyocurka, Travers
Assists: Reardon (5), Smith (3), Scyocurka, Volk, Wagner
LHS put up 12 first quarter goals and never looked back in the last regular season home game of the 2008 season. With the win, the team pushed its record to 16-2. Defenseman (“attackman”) Chris Hess scored his first ever LHS goal and Bill Scott Jr. also had an assist against the team coached by his dad, Bill Scott Sr.!
Goals: Thor (3), Smith (3), Reardon (2), Brown (2), Cresci (2), Heger, McKenna, McKeown, Wagner, Parker, Sierra, Hess, Travers
Assists: Reardon (3), Smith (2), Heger, Brooks, Thor, Travers, Scott, Volk
Wow! Double wow! LHS hammered Minnechaug at the LHS varsity field, blowing out to a 15 to 2 lead after three periods and coasting home to win 16 to 3. Minnechaug, which came into the game with twelve wins in thirteen tries to teams not named LHS, and a #8 laxpower.com ranking, was totally overwhelmed by the athleticism and skill of LHS. The two-headed face-off monster of Griffin Wagner and Niko Sierra (aided by wing-mates Charlie Sullivan and David Thor) dominated the “X” and combined to take twelve of the first thirteen face-offs. The defense of Colin Schmitt, Matt Gagne and Sam McGrath was awesome all game and harassed the Minnechaug attack constantly. Goalie Richard Al-Husseini was seldom tested, and finished with six saves (Dave Whalen had two more!). Richard’s outstanding outlet passing during the contest fueled many fast breaks and helped to keep Minnechaug off-balance. Throughout the game the players looked like they were flying; Gavin Parker, Derek Brown, Richard Travers, Ted Chesbro and Alex Scyocurka stood out. Late in the game, during one particularly intense offensive flurry marked by much slashing (and two Minnechaug penalties), Steve McKenna buried the final LHS goal of the day, and his tenth of the year, off a nice pass from Joe Volk as his teammates roared with approval. Lastly, with his seven-point game, James Reardon became just the ninth LHS player to exceed 100 points in a year and for only the third time in school history are there multiple hundred point scorers on the same team.
Goals: Reardon (5), Smith (3), Thor (3), Travers (2), Sierra, McKenna, Brown
Assists: Smith (6), Reardon (2), Sierra (2), Travers, Volk
In a dominating display, 2nd ranked LHS burst out to a 10-0 halftime lead against eleven-win Algonquin Regional in a rematch of last year’s state semi final, and coasted to a 14-3 victory. The starting defense of Sam McGrath, Matt Gagne and Colin Schmitt played flawlessly in front of goalie Richard Al-Husseini, limiting the Algonquin scoring opportunities and moving the ball up the field smartly. On one play which was indicative of the game, Richard made a good save and then hit an LHS midfielder on a 30 yard outlet pass initiating another LHS fast break. The midfield play was strong and solid, as usual, and Robbie O’Reilly stood out with his hustle and quickness when he was on the field. During the game, Joe Volk scored his second of the season and Niko Sierra had a beautiful goal where he overpowered the Algonquin defenders before scoring on a nice layup.
Goals: Smith (5), Reardon (2), Thor (2), Brown (2), Sierra, Parker, Volk
Assists: Reardon (5), Smith (3), Sierra, Brooks, Heger
As usual, 3rd ranked LHS trailed at the end of the first quarter, 2 to 3, largely as a result of two busted clears that led to easy Westfield scores. And, as usual, LHS got its’ act together in the second and third periods, outscoring Westfield 12 to 2 as it earned its’ thirteenth win of the season on a very rainy day. The game was marked by terrific riding from the attack of Derek Brown, James Reardon (career high 8 assists!) and Kyle Smith, which frequently led to LHS scoring opportunities. Richard Al-Husseini , with 10 saves, many difficult, had a very strong game.
Goals: Smith (6), Reardon (3), Thor (2), Brown (2), Sierra, Travers
Assists: Reardon (8), Smith (2), Thor
LHS got past a stubborn Amherst team, 21 to 9, utilizing a ten goal fourth quarter to finally put the game out of reach. During the game, Robbie O’Reilly scored his first varsity point on a nifty assist to Jake Heger, Nathan Brooks won eight of eleven face-offs, Charlie Sullivan scored once (he just missed a second) and assisted once, and Niko Sierra scored a career high six points that featured three unassisted goals.
Goals: Smith (6), Reardon (3), Sierra (3), Thor (2), Brown, Travers, Sullivan, Heger, Parker, Wagner, McKeown
Assists: Reardon (3), Sierra (3), Brown (2), Smith, Sullivan, O'Reilly
West vs. East, number 5 vs. number 1, LHS travelled to top-ranked Duxbury with the objective of being the first Massachusetts team to beat Duxbury in 86 games, only to lose 14 to 10. For the third straight game, LHS started slowly and got blown off the field for the first 16 minutes of the contest, trailing 9 to 1 in front of a big pro-Duxbury crowd. Having taken numerous knockout punches, the team got off the canvas, righted itself, and started to compete, ultimately, amazingly, closing the gap to 14-10 with just over three minutes remaining. LHS won the ensuing face-off and got the look it wanted, the shot, however, bounced off the cross bar and LHS didn't threaten again. From the sideline, Richard Travers and Charlie Sullivan stood out all game with their hustle and play-making abilities. After the post game handshake the team walked slowly to the bus, many players, no doubt, exhausted by their effort and all (I am sure) proud of how they competed. As a footnote to history, this was only the 8th game in Duxbury’s amazing streak where its opponent scored in double figures and in none of those games (many lopsided) was more than eleven goals scored.
Goals: Thor (4), Reardon (2), Smith, Travers, Brown, Sierra
Assists: Smith (3), Travers (2), Reardon
For the second game in a row LHS started slowly and trailed 2007 state division 3 finalist, Scituate, at the half, 6-5. Shut out in the first quarter and down 6 to 3 with a few minutes to play in the second quarter, the LHS offense started to click and was able to score twice and steal the momentum just prior to halftime. In the second half, LHS took control of the game and put away Scituate with a ball-hawking, unselfish style of play. Kyle Smith had a big game, scoring eleven times and adding three assists, to pace the offense.
Goals: Smith (11), Thor (2), Reardon, Brown
Assists: Reardon (4), Smith (3), Brown (2), Wagner, Sullivan
Starting slowly and down 2 to 1 at the end of the first period, LHS took control of the game in the second quarter and didn’t look back, defeating Minnechaug 13 to 7 before a big crowd at Minnechaug High School. The win pushed LHS to a record of 10 and 1 on the season. As usual, the game was marked by outstanding defensive play and crisp passing which led to many high quality scoring opportunities. James Reardon’s third goal of the game with 10 minutes remaining, which pushed the LHS advantage to 12 to 4, earned him his 255th point of his career, breaking the record set by Ed Carey from the class of 1985 atop the all time LHS point list. With his well earned record, James adds to the rich legacy of LHS lacrosse, the most successful program in Massachusetts lacrosse history. Niko Sierra also played a memorable game, as he won fifteen straight face-offs at one point, in a dominating and punishing performance at the face-off X. For the second straight game, Niko also leveled his defender with his bruising offensive style.
Goals: Smith (4), Reardon (3), Brown (3), Travers, Wagner, Parker
Assists: Thor (3), Smith (2), Reardon (3), Sierra
In a game that was not as close as the score would indicate, LHS dismantled once beaten and 7th ranked Medfield on the road by a 14 to 9 count. With the win, LHS moved to 9 and 1 on the season. An aggressive and nasty team defense led by Collin Schmitt, Matt Gagne, Sam McGrath, Niko Sierra, Charlie Sullivan and Alex Scyocurka, which challenged the Medfield attack and midfield units, was in evidence all afternoon. In fact, Medfield, with one of the most talented offenses in the state, scored only two even man goals all game as Longmeadow found itself frequently heading to the penalty box. It was as a result of one these penalties, to goalie Richard Al-Husseini, that David Whalen was called to action to the cheers of his teammates to face Medfield’s big shooters in a tense man down situation. On the other side of the field, the offense, led by James Reardon, was sharp and efficient, resulting in many scoring opportunities. Richard Travers had a monster game and Griffin Wagner, David Thor and Gavin Parker played strong on both ends of the field. The next six days will be exciting, with no time to relax! The team plays 8 and 1 Minnechaug, defending state division 3 finalist, Scituate, and top ranked Duxbury, winners of 82 straight against Massachusetts competition since losing in the 2003 Division 1 state final.
Goals: Reardon (7), Smith (2), Travers (2), Brown (2), Thor
Assists: Smith (4), Travers (3), Reardon, Brown, Wagner
LHS broke out to a 9-3 lead at the half, stretched it to 14-4, and coasted home with a solid win against Westfield. The loss dropped Westfield’s record to 10-2. The team was led in the game by James Reardon’s offense (7 goals, 3 assists) and Niko Sierra’s dominating faceoff performance. On Sunday, a rematch of last years’ state championship game awaits, as 5th ranked LHS travels to 7th ranked Medfield. Good luck!
Goals: Reardon (7), Thor (3), Smith (2), Sierra, Brown, Brooks
Assists: Reardon (3), Parker (2), Thor, Smith, Sierra, Volk
LHS-16/South Hadley-9 (4/30)
LHS struggled to a 16 to 9 win against South Hadley on a cold day at the LHS varsity field. David Thor stood out with his first three goal game of the year and Ted Chesbro, earning his first varsity start, played well in relief of Colin Schmitt who was moved to long stick D for the game. Up next is always tough Westfield, who will bring their 9 and 1 record to LHS on Friday, this will be the last tune up before Sunday’s 2007 state final rematch with 10 and 1 Medfield.
Goals: Reardon (6), Smith (3), Thor (3), Brown (2), Wagner (2)
Assists: Brown (3), Smith (3), Reardon (2), Travers, Sullivan
LHS-13/Pinkerton Academy-7 (4/26)
Great teamwork! LHS boosted its’ record to 6-1 after handing Pinkerton Academy, New Hampshire’s 2nd ranked team, its first loss of the season, 13-7. LHS made Pinkerton pay for its’ decision to play shut-off defense and broke down their isolated defenders with individual one-on-one moves, as evidenced by the fact that 10 of the 13 goals were unassisted. LHS set the tone of the game early, scoring first off of a nice Griffin Wagner unassisted goal. Derek Brown also delivered a strong performance with 3 big points. The team defense in front of goalie Richard Al-Husseini (10 saves) was brilliant and limited the quality of the shots that Pinkerton was able to muster. Every ground ball was contested and most seemed to end up in an LHS stick. The game was memorable, as well, for the dramatic entrance of Alex Scyocurka and Niko Sierra, both of whom arrived shortly after the game started, due to their participation earlier in the day in a Boston College football recruiting event. Alex played his best game ever for LHS lacrosse. His one-on-one defense was outstanding and his stick work and passing solid. After the game Alex was observed peeling off his game jersey to reveal the nice white polo shirt he had worn to Boston College, earning him a “best dressed” nod as well.
Goals: Reardon (5), Smith (3), Brown (2), Sierra, Travers, Wagner
Assists: Smith (2), Brown
LHS increased its’ record to 5-1 with a solid win against Amherst on the LHS varsity field. LHS put the game out of reach early with a seven goal first quarter and led comfortably at halftime, 11 to 3. Hustle, a hallmark all season, was in evidence in the second quarter when Colin Schmitt broke up a dangerous two on one by Amherst with an intercepted pass, and by the attack units that rode the Amherst defense relentlessly, causing many turnovers. The team, which is currently ranked 3rd in the state by Laxpower.com will need a focused and determined effort when it travels to meet 7-0 Pinkerton Academy, New Hampshire’s top ranked team, on Saturday. Good luck!
Goals: Reardon (4), Smith (3), Sierra (2), Travers (2), Brown, Thor, Heger, Parker, Brooks
Assists: Sierra (2), Brown (2), Thor (2), Schmitt (2), Smith (2), Reardon
LHS charged out of the gate and put up eight first quarter goals en route to a convincing 12-3 halftime lead and 18-10 final against Northampton. It was a strong and dominating effort by the team in running its’ record to 4 and 1. Standouts included Niko Sierra (5 points) and Gavin Parker (3 points) both of whom had career highs in points. Nathan Brooks closed out the game by taking 14 of the last 15 face-offs, winning 10, and Joe Volk easily won the awards for best goal and best hit. On Joe’s goal (his first for LHS), an alley dodge from the top right, he froze his defender and sped by him before scoring on a 12-yard bullet. Later, in the fourth quarter, Joe blindsided a Northampton player as he attempted to clear the ball out of his defensive end. Two really big plays! Colin Schmitt also scored his first goal of the year on a nice length of the field run from his defensive position. Up next is Amherst, followed on Saturday by undefeated Pinkerton Academy, the second ranked team in New Hampshire according to Laxpower.com.
Goals: Sierra (3), Smith (3), McKenna (2), Parker (2), Reardon, Heger, McKeown, Volk, Schmitt, Thor, Dendievel, Opponent
Assists: Smith (3), Sierra (2), Reardon, Parker, Brooks, Dendievel
LHS-6/Deerfield Academy-10 (4/16)
Playing inspired lacrosse, LHS gave a valiant effort in losing its’ first game of the season to Deerfield. For forty-eight minutes LHS showed no quit and didn’t back down. Deerfield, currently ranked 18th in the nation by Inside Lacrosse Magazine, with a roster of future college stars drawn from seven states and two foreign countries, had its’ hands full of LHS intensity. Keys to the game, as always, were face-offs and goal-tending and LHS received superb efforts from Niko Sierra and Richard Al-Husseini in both areas. Everyone that stepped on the field made plays and worked hard. The defense of Matt Gagne, Sam McGrath and Collin Schmitt stood tall against a very talented Deerfield attack unit and repeatedly cleared the ball up field to open midfielders and attackmen. Midfielders Gavin Parker, Charlie Sullivan, David Thor (two goals), Connor Dendievel, Alex Scyocurka, Griffin Wagner, Richard Travers and Nathan Brooks worked hard between the restraining lines, playing solid defense, getting after ground balls and passing to the open man. On attack, James Reardon stood out, quarterbacking the offense with skill, working hard to get the ball in his stick while under constant challenge from a very aggressive Deerfield defense. Working against such pressure is exhausting and James went all out, all game.
Goals: Smith (4), Thor (2)
Assists: Reardon (3), Travers
LHS-12/East Longmeadow-3 (4/10)
LHS pounded out a 12 to 3 win at East Longmeadow on what was easily the nicest day of 2008. Richard Al-Husseini played extremely well, with many saves and outstanding passing. Richard’s ability to turn the momentum of the game around with a save and quick outlet pass was, and has been, exceptional this season. Face-offs, a typical edge for LHS, were lost to East Longmeadow’s Chris Setian who single-handedly demonstrated a skill and tenacity that helped prevent LHS from blowing the game open. In the fourth quarter, Alex Scyocurka, shook seismic monitors in the area when he jacked up an East Longmeadow attackman along the fan side of the field. Glad he plays for LHS! Always hustling long stick Charlie Sullivan scored once and assisted on another goal to James Reardon. Kyle Smith, with his five goals, moved past John Delisio and now stands in the top 10 of LHS all time point scorers. Up next week is Deerfield Academy, a real test for the team. Deerfield is ranked nationally by Inside Lacrosse in their top 25 and is perhaps the top team in New England. Also, on Sunday, Duxbury will be playing a NY high school at Springfield College. Duxbury has won something like 80 straight games against Massachusetts competition. LHS plays Duxbury later in the season. I believe that LHS will give a good account of itself against both Deerfield and Duxbury.
Goals: Smith (5), Reardon (2), Wagner (2), Thor, Sullivan, Brown
Assists: Reardon (3), Brown (2), Thor, Sullivan, Travers, Sierra
LHS-28/West Springfield-0 (4/8)
LHS overwhelmed West Side today by a score of 28-0 on the LHS varsity field. Crisp ball movement, as evidenced by the 20 assists recorded in the game, and a near perfect faceoff performance that saw the team lose only four of thirty-two draws stood out. Goalies Richard Al-Husseini and David Whalen were seldom threatened. With his eight point day, James Reardon became only the seventh player in school history to score over 200 points.
Goals: Reardon (6), Smith (6), Heger (4), McKenna (4), Travers (2), McKeown (3), Parker, Brown, Brooks
Assists: Smith (5), Reardon (2), Heger (2), McKenna, Travers (3), McKeown, Parker (2), Brown, Cresci (2), Schmitt
A state finalist in 2007 for a record 30th time, Longmeadow High School opened the defense of its’ Western Mass lacrosse title with a solid 20 to 4 victory over Cathedral at the LHS varsity field on a chilly and damp Tuesday afternoon. The faceoff duo of Niko Sierra and Griffin Wagner, and all of their hustling line mates, neutralized Cathedral’s Joe Martin, one of the region’s best faceoff men, playing him to a standstill, wearing him down and depriving Cathedral of one their best weapons. The defense of Sam McGrath, Matt Gagne, Charlie Sullivan and Colin Schmitt played well in front of goalie Richard Al-Husseini and did an outstanding job of winning loose balls and passing the ball up field to the midfielders and attack, fueling the transition game. Sam, in fact, took it all the way on one up field rush and scored when he blasted a shot past the Cathedral goalie. Sophomores Jake Heger, Nathan Brooks and freshman, Joe Volk, made contributions and played very well with each scoring their first varsity points. Tom McKeown (attack), Will Spallino (longstick D), sophomores, and David Whalen (goal), freshman, received extended minutes of action.
Goals: Smith (3), McKenna (3), Travers (2), Thor (2), Heger (2), Reardon, McGrath, Sierra, Wagner, Brooks, Parker, Cresci, Sullivan
Assists: Smith (3), Brooks (3), Reardon, Thor, Wagner, Dendievel, Volk, Parker, Cresci, Brown