New York State: Victor, Jamesville-DeWitt, Cold Spring Harbor Win Titles
3d Rising concluded its run of high school coverage this season with a trip to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association finals, which included stops at the Long Island Championships (the first round games between Suffolk and Nassau counties/Sections VIII and XI) and the Western Semifinals held June 8 at Cicero-North Syracuse High School in Central New York.
Our final scholastic viewing of the season required a drive to Middletown, New York, where the three finals of Class A, B and C were held throughout the morning and afternoon on Saturday, June 11. Like many of the games this year, we took it all in from the sidelines. And it was indeed an unforgettable day of lacrosse that serves as the bookend to a high school season that let us see 110+ different high school teams in person.
In the Class B finale, Jamesville-DeWitt avenged a 2014 loss to Yorktown in the championship with a 9-6 victory. Ryan Archer (Hobart) put up three goals and two assists to earn overall MVP honors. Grayson Burns (Bucknell) and Griffin Cook (Syracuse) added three and two goals, respectively in the victory. The Red Rams defense rose to the occasion, limiting opportunities and creating turnovers as the game went on. Yorktown was led by midfielder Kyle Casey (Albany), who scored three times. Long-stick midfielder Jose Boyer (Notre Dame) was outstanding as well, all over the places for groundballs and contributing an assist and a goal on a great take down the gut. For the Rams, Sam Mueller (Hobart) was named the game's defensive MVP, while Burns was the offensive MVP. The win gives the Syracuse area school its fifth state championship. J-D's Archer finishes the year with a 116 points, while Cook put up 97 and Burns 84. We caught up after the game with head coach Jamie Archer, as well as Ryan Archer and Cook, which you can see here.
In the second game of the day, the Class C title matchup, the Cold Spring Harbor Seahawks out of Nassau County were abslutely dominant in a 15-4 runaway victory over Penn Yan out of the Finger Lakes. Matt Licciardi (Cornell), outstanding at the face-off X and a sparkplug on offense, was named the overall MVP of the game for his two-goal, three-assist contribution and play in the middle of the field. Ian Laviano (Virginia) scored four times, including some highlight-reel shots and finishes, and Kevin Winkoff scored three times. Laviano was the team's offensive MVP, while uncommitted junior standout LSM Matt Degennaro was the game's defensive MVP. Penn Yan was led by Sean Emerson (Siena), who scored twice and added an assist. After the game we caught up with Seahawks head coach Dennis Bonn, now the winner of three state titles, and Licciardi. See those interviews here.
The Class A final treated spectators and viewers to a classic as Victor out of the Rochester area -- newcomers this year to Class A after winning last year's Class B championship -- battled back from a 3-0 deficit early on to out a 7-5 victory against longtime Suffolk County powerhouse Ward Melville. The win was the 44th consecutive for the Section V Blue Devils, with Max Lambert (UMass) and Dan Barrow (Mercyhurst) each scoring twice and Mike DeMarco (Binghamton) throwing in three assists. The big story of the game, however, was TD Ierlan's play at the face-off X, as he won 13 of 16 draws to help the Blue Devils own possession and force Ward Melville to play an unmanageable amount of defense. It eventually allowed Victor to get a couple quality shots on cage down the stretch against the stingy and aggressive Patriots D, including the go-ahead goal by Barrow that came on a shot from the interior on a feed from DeMarco. Connor Grippe (Stony Brook) led the offense for the Patriots, scoring twice in the hard-fought affair. Ierlan (Albany) was named the team's overall MVP, with sophomore defender Tanner Hay (Albany) earning the defensive MVP nod and Lambert getting the offensive MVP honors. We spoke afterward with head coach Jim Andre, Ierlan and Hay; those interviews are below.
You can see photos from each game above. For full results of the New York State tournament, be sure to visit the NYSPHSAA website.