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Long Islanders make their mark in Big City Classic

Princeton's Tom Schreiber celebrates with teammate Mike MacDonald.

Princeton's Tom Schreiber celebrates with teammate Mike MacDonald. (Feb. 25, 2012) Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

The Big City Classic had two games with very different styles of play, but one aspect was a constant.

With a combined 25 listed players on Princeton, Cornell, Notre Dame and Syracuse, Long Island was well represented at one of the largest lacrosse events of the season yesterday at MetLife Stadium.

Although Princeton lost to Cornell, 17-11, the Tigers' main attackman, St. Anthony's alum Tom Schreiber, extended a personal streak of recording at least three points to 14 straight games. That's every game this season plus Princeton's NCAA matchup against Virginia last year.

"I was looking forward to this game all week," Schreiber said. "It's awesome to represent Long Island. I just wish the result turned out a little better."

The East Meadow product was less than pleased with the final score.

"Cornell clamped down a bit, especially off ball," Schreiber said. "We made them look good today, but you have to give them a lot of credit. They worked hard on their slides and did a really good job on knocking the ball down."

A pair of Port Washington brothers, Jake and Jeff Froccaro, recorded a goal each for Princeton.

Cornell attack Rob Pannell, a Smithtown product, stole headlines with his nine-point performance, and his teammate, Huntington's Steve Mock, scored four goals to provide a stellar secondary scoring option for the Big Red.

Defender Tom Freshour, a Smithtown East alum, added two goals with the long pole, both coming off the faceoff to keep Princeton advances at bay. Manhasset's Connor English added an assist.

Rockville Centre's Matt Kavanagh scored two goals for Notre Dame in a 10-4 loss to Syracuse. Kavanagh leads Notre Dame with 25 goals.

Syracuse had only three players on its roster from Long Island. Two are freshmen and one, Nicky Galasso, is a transfer from North Carolina. None appeared in the Big City Classic.

On such a large stage, it meant a lot to some of Long Island's finest to represent such a hotbed of lacrosse.

"I'm sure there were a ton of little lax rats in the stands today," Schreiber said. "It was a great experience in such a big stadium and I'm glad I could be a part of it."

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