Thursday, March 29, 2012
Around the Crease: March 29, 2012
By Lem Satterfield
Alexandra Bruno and Garden City (N.Y.) seek their sixth straight Class B state championship.
ESPNHS continues its weekly feature, Around the Crease, which takes a look at players, teams and high school lacrosse news from around the country.
It’s Never Too Early
The season is just starting in many areas of the country, but already several players are putting up video-game type statistics.
Osbourn Park (Manassas, Va.) sophomore Corinne Wessels set the season mark for the most points in a game when she totaled 16 points (11 assists, five goals) on March 19 against Freedom-Woodbridge (Woodbridge, Va.).
She broke her own mark a week later.
The sophomore totaled 17 points (11 assists, six goals) on March 26 against Woodbridge (Va.). Wessels has 35 goals and 25 assists in five games this season.
Out west, another underclassmen is getting a strong start to her lacrosse career.
Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma, Wash.) freshman Joey Cisakowski totaled 14 points on 10 goals and four assists in a game against Evergreen (Wash.) on March 17. The freshman has 20 points through four games.
University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) junior Michael Feldman tied the season record for most points in a game when he totaled 14 points (nine goals, five assists) in a game against Western (Davie, Fla.). St. Andrew’s (Boca Raton, Fla.) junior Conor Whipple is the other player with 14 points in a game this season.
The National Federation of High Schools lists the record for most points in a game for boys at 15 by David Puccia from Immaculate Heart Central (Watertown, N.Y.) in 1998.
However, the New York Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) lists a 21-point performance by Jimmy Lewis from Uniondale (N.Y.) in 1961.
Neither the NFHS nor the NYSPHSAA lists records for most points in a game for girls.
Rarely do Maryland public schools enjoy success opposite prestigious Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's A Conference programs, a conference that continually boasts players like Steele Stanwick who now stars for the University of Virginia.
But on March 27, Hereford (Parkton, Md.) junior attacker Joe Seider helped his team enjoy that success when he scored the game-winning goal with 49 seconds left in overtime to lift his team to an 11-10 victory over St. Paul’s (Brooklandville, Md.).
Seider’s goal was his third of the game and was assisted by sophomore Jason Ashwood.
"Jay has the best vision I’ve ever seen especially at a young age," Seider said. "I knew he was going to get it to me, and it was a perfect situation -- a fast break, wide-open shot, and I’m just glad I buried it."
Ashwood finished with three goals and an assist, junior midfielder Jack Adams had the game-tying goal with 26 seconds left in regulation to go with two assists. Sophomore midfielder Adam Ceribelli had a goal and an assist, Freddy Bryant scored a goal, and Navy-bound senior faceoff specialist Ted Demiris won 15-of-24 draws.
St. Paul’s fell to No. 47 in the latest poll and could be out after the loss when the new rankings are released Wednesday. Hereford received votes in the preseason, but an opening season loss to defending MIAA champion Gilman (Baltimore) dropped them to 0-1 and out of the running, at least for one week.
The Bulls are on pace to become the first Maryland team to win five straight state titles. They are only the second program to win four-straight championships. Dulaney (Timonium, Md.) is the only other winner of four consecutive from 2000 to 2003.
Clash of the Titans
Another run at an already impressive championship streak began last week as the Garden City (N.Y.) girls opened the season with a 17-9 victory over Hewlett (N.Y.).
That streak could be on the line against the McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) who has the longest active streak when the teams meet at the Maryland-New York Challenge at St. Paul’s School for Girls on April 21.
The pairings have McDonogh and Garden City meeting as the two top teams in the nation, assuming both squads continue to win the schedule.
The tournament is using the 2011 LaxPower.com Final National/CCR poll to determine the pairings.