By Gene Morris
LILacrossenews.com, Posted 5/24/12
It was a case of history repeating itself at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium Thursday afternoon.
The Friars (16-3) also dropped both regular season games to the Flyers last year, but rebounded to take the title, 12-10.
“If you look over the last 10 to 12 years, any one of these games could have gone to a coin toss – regular season or championships,” St. Anthony’s head coach Keith Wieczorek said. “It’s mixed emotions because I feel terrible for them because they’re a great program and had an outstanding year.
“But I’m proud of our kids and the effort we put in today.”
The win gives the Friars four straight CHSAA championships. Those four victories come on the back of a Chaminade four-peat from 2005-2008.
“It goes in cycles,” Wieczorek said. “You get big plays out of kids when you need them and that’s sort of what’s happened the last four years. It’s really a fine, fine line.”
The Friars relied on big plays from Dillon Molloy (four goals, two assists) on the offensive end and goaltender Eric Caliendo (Game MVP) on the defensive side. St. Anthony’s also benefited from the return of defender Tim Stackpole, one of the most highly regarded defenders in the nation.Stackpole was out all year with a hip injury.
It was Caliendo who proved most vital, making 11 saves, including a pair right as the first half expired that boosted the Friars going into the break. Caliendo was pressed into action after Kieran Burke missed the season because of mono.
“I feel terrible for Kieran because he was such a big part of this championship team last year, but Eric has just answered the bell and some and today was a perfect example,” Wieczorek said. “He made some huge stops when we needed them and we were able to take care of our job on the offensive end.”
Like usual the Friars were able to get it done when it mattered most. On the big stage.
Class AAA Championship
St. Anthonys 8, Chaminade 6
Saint Athony’s: 1-4-1-2-8
Dillon Molloy: 4 goals, 2 assists
Brian Sherlock: 2 goals, 1 assist
Brendan Hurley: 2 goals
Matt Chanenchuk: 2 assists
Matt Koerner: 1 assist
Tim Stackpole: 1 assist
Eric Caliendo: 11 saves
Matt Graham: 3 goals
Tom Zenker: 2 goals
Greg Rhodes: 1 goal
John McDaid: 1 assist
Danny Fowler 9 saves
Goalie Eric Caliendo named game MVP.