After ending Chaminade's run of four straight CHSAA boys lacrosse championships in 2008, St. Anthony's capped off a four-peat of its own last year, making 2013 a make or break year for the Flyers' seniors.
The relationship between the Long Island rhyming rivals -- the Friars and Flyers -- exceeds the last eight years, of course. Since 1987, St. Anthony's and Chaminade have won every league title, with the Friars' recent run giving the school a 14-12 edge in championships during that span.
Though the Flyers would like the next outcome for the Class AAA title game to differ, the matchup itself is not expected to change this season. Both nationally ranked schools boast rosters full of Division I talent.
Almost everything, said coach Keith Wjeczorek, for St. Anthony's offense will be run through Dylan Molloy (who will attend Brown). Nick Koshansky (Notre Dame) and Hofstra-bound John Puckhaber, are two senior middies the team will rely heavily on for scoring, according to Wjeczorek. The team's defense will be led by two juniors, Greg Galligan (Georgetown) and J.T. Caputo (Princeton), who are known for their toughness and speed.
Chaminade, ranked second in the country in the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse Power Rankings, has a group of seasoned seniors on offense and defense. Senior attack Ryan Lukacovic (Virginia) is considered by many to be one of the top players at his position in the country because of his lethal scoring ability. He led Chaminade in scoring with 62 points, including 34 goals, last year. He will be the focal point of opposing teams' game plans, opening up opportunities for the more than capable duo of senior midfielders Tommy Zenker (Duke) and John McDaid (Furman). Danny Fowler (Duke) will be back between the pipes.
Kellenberg, fresh off winning the Class AA championship, returns midfielder Joseph Rizzotti. Holy Trinity is a team coaches have said will be in the mix for the AA title.
St. John the Baptist's defense will be anchored by seniors Patrick Joy and Jack Ursprung. The team will look for offensive production from midfielders Christian Turri and Connor Bruno, and attacks Tim Nowak (Hofstra) and Charles Lloyd.