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National High School Boys Lacrosse: West Islip Boys Lacrosse (NY) Is Lacrosse Magazine’s #1 Boys Lacrosse Team In Nation For 2009


West Islip senior Ian Braddish works upfield against Hicksville in the Long Island championship game. Braddish helped the Lions to a 22-1 season and third New York state title in four seasons.

West Islip senior Ian Braddish works upfield against Hicksville in the Long Island championship game. Braddish helped the Lions to a 22-1 season and third New York state title in four seasons.

Maybe it’s not a dynasty quite yet — and who knows what that means these days? — but West Islip’s recent accomplishments are certainly hard to ignore.

The Lions won their fifth straight Suffolk County title this spring, then added their third New York Class A championship in four years to firmly establish the program as one of the nation’s elite. The Lions finished with a 22-1 record and were realistically just seven seconds away from a perfect campaign.

Led by 19 seniors and eight returning starters, West Islip began the season with some lofty expectations. Coach Scott Craig knew that great things were possible, but so was great disappointment.

“There was a lot of hype surrounding our team, but these guys hadn’t accomplished anything yet,” explained Craig. “The thing that was going to trip us up was our own egos.”

After an 11-0 start, the only stumble of the year came in a midseason overtime loss to rival Ward Melville, which scored an unlikely game-tying goal with seven seconds left in regulation. Most observers, including both coaches, agreed that West Islip let one slip away.

“We blew it in some respects,” said Craig.

To their credit, the players quickly regrouped following that game. They handled the pressure that comes with being the favorite and produced a dominating season, capped by a 10-5 win over Orchard Park in the state final.

The championship run also afforded West Islip a second chance against Melville four weeks after the initial loss. The Lions easily avenged their only loss with a decisive 9-5 victory in the Suffolk County championship game.

“It was probably a good thing that we lost to Melville the first time,” said senior defenseman Mike McCormack. “It gave us a little more focus and passion to win the state championship.”

McCormack (Yale) and fellow senior Scott Mattera (Cortland State) anchored a defense that mercilessly throttled opponents and hit its peak following the midseason loss.

The Lions were equally impressive on offense. Paced by junior Nicky Galasso, Newsday’s Player of the Year who led all of Long Island with 136 points, they scored in double-figures in every game except the two against Ward Melville.

Craig is proud of his team’s response to the challenge he issued in the wake of the first Melville game.

“It’s not about the opponent,” he told them. “It’s about you. Every day, you either get better or you get worse.”

Looking back now, the option they chose is pretty clear. In our opinion, there was nobody better in 2009.

http://laxmagazine.com/high_school/boys/2008-09/news/072209_westislip

Northern California Club Lacrosse: Burlingame Coyotes U-19 Boys Lacrosse Team Wins 2009 Lake Tahoe Lacrosse Tournament With 9-8 Victory Over Team Mexico


The Coyotes are a combination of players from Menlo School, Menlo-Atherton, Sacred Heart Prep, Mitty, Burlingame, Bellarmine, Mountain and Serra. The team was pulled together by David McLaughlin, a senior attack at Menlo-Atherton this past season. He used Facebook to contact other players and managed only two practices and a scrimmage before heading to Lake Tahoe.

The Coyotes are a combination of players from Menlo School, Menlo-Atherton, Sacred Heart Prep, Mitty, Burlingame, Bellarmine, Mountain and Serra. The team was pulled together by David McLaughlin, a senior attack at Menlo-Atherton this past season. He used Facebook to contact other players and managed only two practices and a scrimmage before heading to Lake Tahoe.

lake tahoe lacrosse tournament 2009(From PaloAltoonline.com) It was a perfect weekend for the Burlingame Coyotes, a new boys’ Under-19 lacrosse team that traveled to Lake Tahoe for a tournament and came home as the champion following four straight victories.

The team was lead throughout the four games by the play of Tournament Offensive MVP Graeme Radlo of Menlo School and on defense by goalie Scott Alms (Burlingame) and defensive players Trevor Stephens (Mitty) and Andrew McCall (Menlo School).

The Coyotes opened against the Reno Envy and posted a 17-2 victory. Early goals by Aaron Wiener (M-A). Jeff Sklarin (M-A) and Radlo got things rolling. Sam Pierce (M-A) and Stephens shut down the Envy offense. McLaughlin contributed four goals and six assists and goalie Kevin Sheridan (M-A) made numerous saves in the second half to keep the Envy off the scoreboard.

The second game of the day was against the Sacramento Heat. It was close for awhile, but the speed of Nick Klevay (Bellarmine), David Lee (Menlo School) and Nick Maruyama (Menlo School) wore down the Heat. The Coyotes grabbed an 11-goal lead at halftime and coasted to a 13-5 triumph.

On the final day of the tournament, the Coyotes opened against the Livermore Matadors and rolled to a 21-1 victory. Adam Cook (Mountain View), Kyle Holcomb (Mitty), Jack Butler (Serra) and Brendan McMorrow (Menlo School) all produced solid play.

The championship game was against Team Mexico, consisting of players from Watsonville, San Jose and other parts of California preparing for next year’s Lacrosse World Games. The match was close throughout, with the Coyotes pulling out a 9-8 victory.

Scott Alms made four saves of point-blank shots. Team Mexico held a two-goal lead in the second half until a goal by Scott Cummings (Sacred Heart Prep) and two goals by Radlo on assists from McLaughlin and Klevay put the Coyotes ahead to stay. Key plays by McCall and Robert Cooper (M-A) on defense helped stop a strong Team Mexico attack.

http://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/show_story.php?id=13146