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Iona beats Varsity 12-8

Posted Wednesday, April 04, 2007 by lohud.comn

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Iona Prep uses early flurry to defeat Stepinac, 12-8
By ANTHONY MALAKIAN
THE JOURNAL NEWS


(Original publication: April 4, 2007)
WHITE PLAINS - The game was still within reach. With only 30 seconds remaining in the first period, all the Stepinac boys lacrosse team had to do was bleed the clock and regroup.

Thirteen seconds later, though, Iona Prep's Matt Misisco scored, and as the whistle to end the quarter was about to sound, Gus Guido added his third goal to give the Gaels a four-goal lead.

From that point the teams went back and forth yesterday, and Iona Prep held on to win 12-8.

Guido said the late first-period goals were instrumental in propelling the Gaels. Now that they are 4-0, with all four victories in league play, his team is off to the start it sought.

"Every game is a challenge; no one is going to give us the win," said Guido, a sophomore who scored four goals. "We want to win everything, there is no losing. We want to play to the best we can, and we should. I think we're good enough to do that."

Paul Anderson had a strong performance in goal. Anderson and the Gaels' defense held tight as they killed seven of eight man-up situations.

The junior goalie made 13 saves, and while he gave up eight goals, two came with less than two minutes remaining.

"Paul's been coming up big all year," Iona Prep coach Rick Trizano said. "He played JV last year and he really solidified our defense coming up through the program like that."

Trizano was also pleased with how his team played right to the whistle.

"We try and teach these kids not to lose focus," he said. "We have a saying that we live by and that is 'win the whistle.' That means we have to be ready before the other team is ready, and we did that well today."

The Gaels got three goals each from Misisco and Nick Trizano. Mike O'Hagan scored two goals and had two assists. Iona Prep will be at home today for another league game, this time against Monsignor Farrell.

The Crusaders will look to rebound today as they visit North Salem.

Stepinac had trouble all day breaking Iona Prep's defense. The only consistent bright spot for the Crusaders was Henry Chapman.

The speedy junior finished with three goals. He was aided by two goals apiece from Patrick Henderson and Justin Caba, and one by Daniel Viggiano.

With the Iona Prep game being the first of three in a row, Stepinac coach Brian Fee hopes to get his team readjusted quickly.

"Those two late goals definitely gave them the momentum, and I think it was just a lapse in concentration," Fee said. "They are a good team and we have to play very well to stay competitive with them. We just need to throw and catch a little better."

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