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NSCLA Championships: L.I. Express falls in heartbreaker to West Coast Starz in 2015 finals

Sunday, 17th June 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, Club  

By Matt Chandik, Posted 6/18/12

NEWARK, Del. – Given his individual performance in the championship game of Sunday’s NSCLA-Blue Hen First State Shootout 2015s tournament at the University of Delaware, John Daniggelis should have been ecstatic.

The Long Island Express midfielder had a pair of goals, played strong defense and just may have been the best player on the field.

But Daniggelis was left to wonder how a two-goal lead heading into the fourth quarter evaporated into thin air, and he was dejectedly made to ponder how the Express let West Coast Starz sniper John Duffy find the back of the cage with barely two seconds left to seal the Starz’s thrilling 9-8 come-from-behind win.

“I’m pleased with my performance, but any personal accolades don’t come over the outcome of the game,” said Daniggelis, who plays at Smithtown East.

Maybe not, but Daniggelis had every reason to be excited about his performance. He’s a talented player who can handle all aspects of being a midfielder. He’s able to find the net with regularity, but he can also play defense like a pole. The Smithtown East midfielder hasn’t issued a verbal commitment to a school yet, but it would be surprising if college coaches didn’t start flooding his mailbox and voicemail. There’s little doubt that he’s a high-end talent, and those types of talent don’t stay uncommitted very long.

“It was great competition all week. We faced the Crabs in the semis – that was a big win for us since we lost to them (Saturday) – but it was great competition from all the teams,” Daniggelis said. “I’d like to hear from all the big-name colleges, but I’m not sure yet. I think (the overall game) can separate me from the rest of the middies, being able to do it on offense and on defense.”

The NSCLA was formed in 2010 as an alliance of the top teaching/recruiting focused lacrosse clubs in North America. Currently the membership also includes Maryland clubs Madlax, Baltimore Lacrosse Club (Crabs), and the Roughriders as well as LB3 (Pa.), HEADstrong (Pa.), Edge Elite (Canada), CNY Roadhawks, New Hampshire Tomahawks, Progression Lacrosse (Ct. Hurricanes), Patriot Lacrosse, Leading Edge, Madlax, Baltimore Lacrosse Club (Crabs), Roughriders, Carolina Select, True Lacrosse and West Coast Starz and Denver Elite.

Click here for a full list of champions and Saturday’s scores.

He may not be sure, but it’s probably safe to say that some coaches are sure they want him. They’ll probably want to get a piece of his teammate and fellow midfielder Tyler Dunn. While not quite as proficient on defense as as Daniggelis, Dunn showed a nice finishing touch with his two goals, and he should start receiving considerable attention soon.

“I thought I played well, I thought my teammates played well, and I couldn’t have done it without them,” said Dunn, who also set up a goal. “(The tournament) was a rush. It was a lot of fun, with our first win against True (Lacrosse) and then our win against the Crabs in overtime. It was a lot of fun, and it was cool to see the college coaches watch.”

With the coaches keeping their eyes peered for elite talent to recruit, Dunn will probably be getting some calls very soon. That doesn’t mean, though, that he has a firm idea of where he’d like to commit, but he has suggestions.

“I’m interested in Duke, UNC, Notre Dame, all the heavy hitters,” Dunn said.

Now he just needs those schools to reciprocate the interest.

West Coast Starz 9, Long Island Express 8

LI Express 2 3 2 1 – 8

West Coast Starz 1 3 1 4 – 9

LI Express

Tyler Dunn 2g, 1a

John Daniggelis 2g

Eamon Campbell 2g

Paul Dilena 1g, 1a

Joseph Licciardi 1g

Joseph Froccaro 1a

Gregg Meyers 3 saves

Joseph McGuigan 5 saves

West Coast Starz

John Duffy 2g, 1a

Tucker Reed 1g, 1a

Bo Long 1g

Steven Votto 1g

Tristan Ruh 1g

Reed Zabel 1g

Logan Olmsted 1g

Noah Assaraaf 1g

Connor McCroskey 2a

Jake Griffin 3 saves


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