By Jaclynkelli Kronemberg
LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 6/21/12
Northport attackman Brian Cannon scored the game-winner off a pass from Islip’s Kieran Mullins with five seconds left in the game to give Suffolk County an 11-10 victory over Nassua County today Rising Stars Juniors game at Long Island’s fourth annual Showcase at Adelphi University. Cannon tallied three goals and one assist.
“I caught the ball knowing there wasn’t much time left,” said Cannon, who had three goals and an assist and was named one of the Suffolk MVPs. “I knew if I threw it away we would’ve had to go into overtime, so I closed my eyes took a shot and thank God it went it!”
Today’s game featured the best of Suffolk and Nassau County’s incoming junior class for college scouts. The juniors showcased their talents for four 20-minute running clock quarters. Some of the college coaches were from Massachusetts, Michigan, Syracuse, Cornell, Air Force and New York Institute of Technology.
Suffolk County went ahead by four goals by the 9:56 mark of the third quarter on a goal by Michael Moynihan (West Islip). But Nassau County fought back and pulled within two at the end of the third quarter on a goal by James Byrnes (Massapequa). In the fourth quarter Nassau tied it with 36.5 seconds left on a goal by James Farrell (Manhasset).
“We tried to stay calm when we took the four goal lead,” Cannon said, “We knew they would come back because they have a lot of great players, but I knew that when we got the ball we would have chances to score and we would eventually capitalize.”
Suffolk County took the lead on one of Mullins’ two goals with 11:24 left in the first half and never let Nassau County get ahead again. The second quarter was the breakout quarter for Suffolk as it scored five goals to take a 6-4 lead into the half.
Matthew Smidt of Smithtown West had 12 saves for Suffolk in a standout first half and also was named an MVP.
“I was feeling it today,” Smidt said, “It was a good day for me today. Every time I come out on the field I’m always excited to play, I’m always trying my best, always trying to be on my A game and today I came out on top.
“It’s great getting to play in this game; these guys are awesome. I was on the (Rising Sophomores) team last year and some of the guys are back with me again so it’s great getting to play with them again. Brian Cannon showed up at the end and put the goal in with five seconds left to win the game. This was a great team effort.”
Ryan Keenan tallied two goals and Mullins scored two goals and one assist for Suffolk County. James Byrnes of Massapequa tallied four goals and Patrick McCormick of Hicksville had two goals and one assist for Nassau County.
Midfielder Michael Calvagna (Sachem North) was named an MVP for Suffolk and Liam Blohn (Syosset) was named an MVP for Nassau County.
“This was great game even though it was very hot,” Cannon said. “It was a lot of fun representing Suffolk and showing everyone that we were the better county today. I love playing with these guys because they are all great players; it was a lot of fun to be out here today.”
Suffolk juniors 11, Nassau juniors
Brian Cannon (Northport) 3G, 1A
Kieran Mullins (Islip) 2G, 1A
Ryan Keenan (Smithtown West) 2G
Jake Sheets (Bay Shore) 1G
Joseph Caridi (Sachem North) 1G
Michael Moynihan (West Islip) 1G
Troy Revello (East Islip) 1G
Ben Kocis (Huntington) 1A
Matthew Smidt (Smithtown West) 12 saves
Aaron Lewis (Bay Shore) 5 saves
James Byrns (Massapequa) 4G
Patrick McCormick (Hicksville) 2G, 1A
Craig Berge (Massapequa) 1G, 1A
William Sands (Friends Academy) 1G
Ian Kirby (Massapequa) 1G
James Farrell (Manhasset) 1G
Ryan Toomey (Hicksville) 5 saves
Daniel Dolan (Garden City) 3 saves