Upstate Update: Webster Thomas Downs Irondequoit
Tuesday evening two of Section V’s best teams faced off in a Class B matchup. Webster Thomas hosted Irondequoit in a battle of unbeatens. Irondequoit came into the game with a 1-0 record having won their season opener over Pittsford. Thomas had three games under their belt, winners of all three.
Joe Luconte the senior midfielder for Thomas dominated the faceoff dot early in the game and allowed the Titans to get out to a 4-0 lead before Irondequoit even had their first offensive possession. He assisted on two of his team’s first three goals as well. Five different goal-scorers found the back of the net for the Titans before Irondequoit finally got on the board with a tally from their senior midfielder Kessel Stefano.
The Titans took an 8-2 lead into halftime with senior attackman Spencer Nuccitelli scoring all three of his goals in the first half to lead the team.
The second half the Eagles stormed back scoring the first three goals of the half including two more from Stefano. Reed Currie scored off of an assist from Jacob Allen to stop the run and get the game back to a 4-goal lead for Thomas. Stefano then scored his fourth goal, which was a game-high to cut his team’s deficit to just two goals at 9-7 but Thomas scored once again with 3:36 left to put the game out of reach and the contest ended 10-7 with the Titans coming out on top.
The Titans' next game is at Canandaigua on Thursday evening while Irondequoit will take on Aquinas at home on Thursday.
Players who stood out:
C.J. Battaglia, Defense, Thomas, 2018
The Penn State bound defender was tasked with covering Jack Brennen the junior attackman who is committed to Maryland. Throughout the night he handled the matchup keeping Brennen mostly behind the GLE and rarely required a slide. He followed him all over the field and made the attackman’s night tough. He finished the night holding one of the best attackman in Section V to just 1g, 1a where the goal was scored off of a pick where Battaglia switched off of him. He was also active communicating to his defense and a threat in the clearing game. It was a dominating performance for him as he is looking like the best defender in the Section right now.
Trevor Ford, Attack, Thomas, 2018
The Fairfield commit finished the night with just one goal but he does more for the offense than put the ball in the back of the net. Ford is a calming presence for the offensive group. He uses his big body to protect his stick and turn the corner, always with his eyes up. Not the fastest player, but he his body and footwork make up for it. Despite his lack of goal production in this matchup he is still leading his squad with 12 goals and has 6 assists as well. When the game was in question and his team was trying to keep the ball in under 2:00 with the lead it was him who Coach Rob Ruller had handle the ball to keep possession for his team.
Matt Hill, Midfield, Thomas, 2018
Hill finished the game with a single tally but drew the pole the majority of the time he was out there. He handled the pressure and helped open up things for his teammates. He’s a UMass commit and his high IQ is apparent on the field. He works on the left side of the field and if given the time and room has a cannon for a shot. He is the type of player that can stretch a defense.
Nick Mabe, Midfield, Thomas, 2018
Though Mabe is small in stature he makes up for his lack of size with energy and speed. He played on nearly every offensive shift for the Titans and made a lot of things happen for them. He routinely drew slides from the defense and more often than not he made the right pass when he was doubled. His stick skills are obvious and he is adept with both hands. Occasionally he dodged into center of the defense and got himself in some trouble. The midfielder will make an impact at Mercyhurst next season.
Jack Brennan, Attack, Irondequoit, 2019
Brennan, a Maryland commit has the look of a DI attackman and clearly has all of the tools. It was not his best night as he had the unfortunate fortune of being marked by one of the top defenders in Section V. He is his team’s top offensive threat and they certainly look to him to make a play. When they had the opportunity to take the last shot of a quarter he was who had the ball in his stick. He was content moving the ball to the open player when he drew a slide. Late in the game he was able to get a defensive midfielder to slide adjacently to him and he moved the ball to the midfielder that was vacated by the slide for a nice assist. He finished the game with a goal and an assist. He will need to develop his ability to drive from X with both hands.
Kessel Stefano, Midfielder, Irondequoit, 2018
Stefano finished with a game-high 4 goals. The shifty midfielder was his team’s best option on offense all night. He was able to dodge down the alley and stick some nice goals. He had the velocity on his shot to finish with high-to-high shots. He got up and down the field fast and was a threat in transition when he had the chance. He has a team leading 12 goals on the season and should continue to be the Eagles top scoring threat from the midfield. His play will be instrumental in his team’s success.
Brett Olney, Goalie, Irondequoit, 2019
Olney kept his team in this game with 18 saves and he finished with a .640% save percentage. He plays much bigger than he is. He made a few point blank saves early that must have gotten into the heads of the Titan’s shooters because they had trouble finishing some high percentage opportunities throughout. His ability to stay focused and keep his team in the game after falling behind 5-0 was impressive. He was a solid communicator. He can improve his command of the clearing game, he had trouble when Thomas went to a 10-man ride.