Ward Melville boys lacrosee team earns Ultimate BIG 10 title
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1. WARD MELVILLE BOYS LACROSSE. The Patriots' magical season concluded with a whopping 16-4 victory over 15-time state champ West Genesee in the state Class A title game. It was Ward Melville's first state crown since 2000 and first under coach Mike Hoppey, who announced his retirement. The Pats also finished as the No. 1-ranked team in the country, according to Inside Lacrosse, after a 22-0 season. Seniors Jack Bruckner, Christian Mazzone and Brendan Hegarty excelled in the state semis and final. The perfect run to the state title earned Ward Melville the Ultimate BIG 10 title.
2. SACHEM EAST FIELD HOCKEY. The Flaming Arrows (22-0) romped in the state tournament, outscoring opponents 9-0 and making it look easy en route to a second straight state Class A title. Karyn Ryan had two goals and an assist as Sachem East beat Liverpool, 3-0, in the final to complete a flawless season. For their efforts, the Sachem East field hockey team earned the BIG 10 Fall title.
3. WANTAGH WRESTLING. Junior Kyle Quinn captured the 106-pound class at the state wrestling championships. He led Wantagh to a second straight state team title and ended the season on a 40-match winning streak. The three-time Nassau tournament champions also had senior James Corbett finish second at 182, senior Dan McDevitt took third at 170 and senior Vin Turano fourth at 132. Wantagh captured the Winter Big 10 crown.
4. BAYPORT-BLUE POINT BASEBALL. The Phantoms produced the first perfect season in Suffolk baseball in 64 years, finishing 27-0. Righty Chris Brewer spun a gem in the state title game in a 5-3 win over Williamsville South as Bayport won the Class A crown. Lefty Jack Piekos, the Gibson Award winner as Suffolk's top pitcher, went 11-0, including a 4-0 win in the state semifinal over Queensbury. P.J. Weeks was 2-for-3 in both state wins and totaled five RBIs.
5. LAWRENCE FOOTBALL. Junior Joe Capobianco threw for one score and ran for another as Lawrence edged Sayville, 21-20, to capture the Long Island Class III championship. Senior defensive back Eddie Robinson returned an interception 30 yards for the tying score and Mike Fragner added the extra-point kick for the win. Capobianco finished with a Long Island-record 38 TD passes this season and 2,400 yards passing. Newsday's top-ranked Golden Tornadoes were 12-0.
6. SOUTH SIDE GIRLS SOCCER. Michaela Lynch and Christina Klaum each had a goal and an assist as South Side (19-0-1) won their second straight state title with a 2-0 win over Jamesville-Dewitt. The Cyclones went unbeaten, outscored opponents 63-6 and captured their 17th state title.
7. ST. ANTHONY'S GIRLS LACROSSE. The Friars finished another stellar season with a sixth straight CHSAA Class AA title and earned a No. 2 national ranking. Maggie Bill was named league MVP and Ella Bonafede's five goals led St. Anthony's over St. John the Baptist for the championship. The Friars' season was highlighted by wins over other national powers, including St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), Garden City and Manhasset.
8. CHAMINADE BOYS LACROSSE. The Flyers' season ended splendidly when they defeated rival St. Anthony's, 7-5, to complete a three-game sweep of the defending CHSAA champs and take home league and state honors in Class AAA. Ryan Lukacovic concluded his senior year with a goal and four assists and fellow senior, goalie Dan Fowler, made 10 saves to earn game MVP.
9. JERICHO BOYS SOCCER. The Jayhawks won their second consecutive state Class A championship with a 2-1 win over Port Chester. Jericho improved to 20-1-1 as Zach Cohen and Ajani Motta scored in the final.
10. WARD MELVILLE GIRLS FENCING. The Patriots went 14-0 this year and won their 11th straight Long Island championship. Ward Melville also won its 174th match in a row, giving the program the second-longest winning streak in Long Island sports history. The Patriots were led by senior sabre fencer Alexa Antipas, who went 31-0 this year, won her third straight county individual sabre championship, is committed to Ohio State and ended her high school career with a 110-1 record.