By Jaclynkelli Kronemberg
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 5/23/13
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Senor goalie Dan Fowler made 10 saves and continually stymied the St. Anthony’s offense as Chaminade defeated the Friars, 7-5, today to win the Class AA CHSAA championship at Hofstra University.
The Flyers (15-2), ranked No. 9 by TopLaxRecruits.com, had lost to arch-rival St. Anthony’s (11-5) in the finals the past four years. They finished with a rare 3-0 sweep this year over the Friars.
“They are a great opponent,” said Chaminade head coach Jack Moran. “That’s why this is one of the best high school rivalries in the country.
“Not only is this fun to watch no one is ever safe enough and they battle to the end. I’m happy for my kids because they worked really hard to get back here.”
St. Anthony’s jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first quarter, but Brian Pratt (three goals) at the 6:40 mark sparking a 5-0 run that put Chaminade up 5-2 in the beginning of the third quarter. Thanks to standout goaltending by reserve Jack Concannon (10 saves), St. Anthony’s fought back and pulled within 5-4 in the third period on goals by J.T. Caputo and Andrew Custace.
But Fowler held tough, the Flyers’ defense stiffened and Ryan Lukacovic (one goal, three assists) keyed the attack. John McDaid had one goal and one assist and Carney Mahon and Tom Zenker each had a goal for Chaminade.
“This is pretty awesome but it hasn’t totally hit me yet,” said senior goalie Fowler. “We have been working so hard for this for so long it’s just nice to finally get it to pay off in the end.
“Every time we’ve played them they scored the first goal this year so I just tried to keep everyone calm. This is great way to cap the four years playing with this team. I can’t think of a better way to have ended it.”
Dylan Molloy had two goals and one assist and Andrew Custance, Dave Rivoir and JT Caputo scored one goal for St. Anthony’s.
“Our kids did everything we asked them to do,” said St. Anthony’s head coach Keith Wieczorek. “They played hard but that is a great team.
“They deserved the Championship because they outplayed us here, especially in the second quarter. Our kids competed in the second half and that’s all we asked them to do.”
Chaminade 7, St. Anthony’s 5
Chaminade 2-2-2-1 – 7
St. Anthony’s 2-0-2-1 – 5
Chaminade – Brian Pratt 3G; Ryan Lukacovic 1G, 3A; John McDaid 1G, 1A; Thomas Zenker 1G; Carney Mahon 1G
St. Anthony’s: Dylan Molloy 2G, 1A; Andrew Custance 1G; Dave Rivoir 1G; JT Caputo 1G; John Puckhaber 1A
Saves: Dan Fowler (C) 10; Jack Concannon (SA) 10; Anthony De Los Reyes (SA) 7