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Suffern’s Brian Clayton, right, controls against Army’s Kevin LoRusso during the top-ranked Big Red’s 7-4 win at Michie Stadium on March 10.
Tomorrow begins a big three-game stretch of game that includes Rye-John Jay, Hen Hud-Putnam Valley and John Jay-Huntington. But before they all start, here’s a quick update on how some local players have been doing in college this season. This is just a random sampling, so feel free to add notes/info of your own.
Cornell remains the No. 1-ranked team in the nation and the Big Red has a huge Lower Hudson Valley presence with senior midfielder Brian Clayton (Suffern), senior long-stick middie Ethan Vedder (Yorktown), d-middie Tommy Schmicker (Rye), defenseman Mitch Belisle (Brewster), attackman Julian Levine (Harrison) and assistant coach Kyle Georgalas (Mahopac). Belisle was named Ivy League player of the week after holding Duke’s Matt Danowski to one goal in a 7-6 win over Duke. Cornell hosts Penn on Saturday. Lakeland/Panas product J.J. Lian, a sophomore midfielder, has five goals in seven games for the Quakers. Pound Ridge’s Max Mauro and Alex Weber also play for Penn. Mauro is a junior defenseman and Weber is a sophomore attackman.
Albany, off to the best start in program history under Yorktown graduate Scott Marr, will be hosting UMBC at noon on Saturday in a doubleheader with Yorktown’s boys team, coached by Marr’s brother, Dave. The ‘Huskers play Shenendehowa at 3 p.m. Twin brothers Mike Ammann and Steve Ammann of Putnam Valley are two of the team’s main contributors. Yorktown graduate Steve Settembrino, a sophomore defenseman, starts for UMBC.
Mahopac’s Matt Girsh, a sophomore attackman at Siena, leads Division I in goals scored per game with an average of 3.8 and is second in points per game at 4.80. John Jay graduate Mike Bocklet, a senior at Fairfield, is fourth in goals at 2.83 and third in points at 4.5. They are both joined on their respective teams by several Lower Hudson Valley residents. Siena, which is at the .500 mark for the first time in a long time, is getting big contributions from three freshman starters: close defender Kyle Vercruysse (Yorktown), long pole Faus Bernabo (Mahopac) and midfielder Matt Leithead (Mahopac). D-middie Mike Whalen (Putnam Valley) is also getting a lot of playing time. Bocklet is joined at No. 19 Fairfield by d-middie Gary Raniolo (Yorktown) and defensemen Matt Petre (Somers) and Billy Honovich (Lakeland/Panas), who are all sophomores.
Former Somers all-American Rob Smith, a defenseman who is a graduate student using his final year of eligibility at Delaware after receiving his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown, has been anchoring the Blue Hens’ defense Ã¢â‚¬â€ and even doing some scoring. Smith netted his second goal of the season in a 6-5 win over Hofstra on Saturday. He also scored in a 23-6 season-opening win against St. Joseph’s.
Former Hen Hud star Jordan Hirsch, a senior attackman, has started all seven games for Nazareth and has seven goals and five assists.
Suffern’s Scott Weiner has seven goals and six assists through seven games for Oneonta State.
Terence Higgins, an all-American for Greeley in 2003, has two goals and six assists for No. 4 Navy. Yorktown’s Rob Lenseth is also a junior midfielder for the Midshipmen.
Pleasantville’s Michael Bartomioli, a freshman midfielder, is a key contributor for Providence.
Former Somers stars Ryan Rabidou and Jordan Rabidou, who are now seniors at Loyola, have helped the Greyhounds climb to No. 12 in the rankings.
Quinnipiac, which has five local players, is in the midst of a big two-game stretch of Great Western Conference games. The Bobcats, coming off a 10-9 loss to Denver (ranked 12th in the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook preseason rankings), play at Ohio State on Saturday. Former Somers star Jon D’Ascoli has seven goals and four assists and is second on the team in ground balls with 18. Drew Maceranka, a classmate of D’Ascoli’s on Somers’ 2003 state finalist team, is one of the team’s top defensemen. Brewster’s Joe Capalbo and Mahopac’s Joe Scappatura and Mike Annunziata also play for the Bobcats.
Yorktown’s Jake DeLillo, a freshman at New York Tech, is one of the team’s top goal scorers.