Friday, 08 June 2012 00:00
The Saint Mary’s High School Varsity Boys’ Lacrosse Team has captured the 2012 Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) Metropolitan Class A Title for the second time in three years after an outstanding performance at home against Msgr. Farrell High School on May 29 with an 11-1 victory.
With Nick Hutchinson’s (attack) 4 goals and 1 assist, Quelsy Medina’s (midfield) 3 goals, and Tim Ahern (attack) 3 assists, also adding a goal. Goalie Matt Atwell had 15 saves holding Monsignor Farrell to one goal. Connor McNamara (defense) was a huge part in St. Mary’s success defending Farrell’s top scorer and was the game MVP.
Coach Matt Panetta said, “It was a very satisfying win and end to the season. Two years ago when we won this championship our team did not lose a league game all year. This year we had to face two very good teams in the playoffs that had defeated us earlier in the season. St. Dom’s had beaten us 10-8 in the regular season, but we were able to avenge that loss with an 11-2 win in the semi-final playoff game. Monsignor Farrell beat us 7-6 in the regular season, and for us to beat them in such a convincing fashion by a score of 11-1 in the championship game, it was just a very satisfying win. I couldn’t be happier for the boys.”
Manhasset’s own John Patrick Kiggins, Tim Ahern, Conor McNamara, Brendan Gallagher and Bill Meed, all played significant roles throughout the season on the champion varsity team.
Matt Panetta, a former NCAA three time All-American (Johns Hopkins), Major League All-Star, National League All-Pro, and Long Island Lacrosse Hall of Famer is the head coach for the varsity team and is assisted by Coaches Welsh and Ritterbusch.