High-SchoolLacrosse: Joe Barnard
April, 11, 2012
By Brett Manney | ESPN.com
Robert Goldstein/ESPNHSGriffin Cassagne tallied two hat tricks in a week for St. Mark's (Dallas).Each week during the 2012 season, ESPNHS Lacrosse will select a player from each of four regions as Player of the Week.
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Luke Goldstock, Jr., Niskayuna (N.Y.), attack
Goldstock led the Silver Warriors to a huge early season victory and one of the biggest upsets in the POWERADE FAB 50 last week. Behind the smooth finishing attackman, Niskayuna halted the 46-game winning streak by Jamesville-Dewitt (De Witt, N.Y.), the two-time defending New York Class B state champions. Now with the big victory and 18 goals this week, Goldstock should expect to be a marked man this season in the Empire State.
Dan Decenzo, Sr., Chantilly (Va.), attack
In a rematch of last year’s Virginia Northern Regional game, Chantilly emerged victorious over Annandale (Va.) 14-9 behind Decenzo’s carving of the Atoms’ defense. With his knack for scoring and setting up his teammates, Decenzo finished the game with seven points on five goals and two assists. With a potent senior-laden attack unit, Decenzo and company should once again be in the hunt to make a deep postseason run in Virginia.
Joe Barnard, Sr., Castle View (Castle Rock, Colo.), attack
This past week Castle View took a huge leap in their program’s history with an 11-9 victory over Colorado Academy (Lakewood, Colo.). Bernard contributed a game-high seven goals to propel his squad to victory. If Bernard continues to put up big numbers at the offensive end, the program will reap the benefits of an emerging squad in the Centennial state.
Griffin Cassagne, Sr., St. Mark’s (Dallas), midfield
Cassagne has been making the most of his remaining high school career. Last week, in a showdown of state powers, Cassagne recorded a hat trick in a narrow 8-6 victory over Coppell (Texas). It was Griffin’s second hat trick in a week, propelling the Lions to their 12th win. Cassagne will have to continue his dominating performance; the highly anticipated matchup with Dallas Jesuit (Dallas) lies ahead on April 19.