Hudson Valley Opens Tournament With Two Wins

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The Hudson Valley team got off to a fast start in the inaugural Empire State Cup on Thursday, winning both of its games.

The Empire State Cup is a six-team tournament of high school lacrosse players from throughout New York state taking place this weekend in Syracuse. The Hudson Valley team is made up of players from Westchester, Rockland and other counties in the Hudson Valley.

Hudson Valley opened its first game of the tournament by taking a 5-0 lead against Central en route to an 11-6 victory. Rye High School’s Christopher Santangelo led all scorers with three goals, and Yorktown High School’s Brian Prestreau scored twice. Also scoring for Hudson Valley were Lakeland/Panas’ Brian Prunty, Somers’ Alex Corpolongo, Yorktown’s Daniel Manning, Hen Hud’s Kevin McDermott, Suffern’s Thomas Sharp, and Dobbs Ferry’s John Yozzo-Scaperrotta, who all added in one goal each. Michael Zingaro and James Danaher split time in goal, recording two saves each.

In its second game of the day, Hudson Valley jumped out to an early lead and hung on again for the win, this time beating Long Island 10-8. Santangelo chipped in two more goals to give him five on the first day, tying him for the most in the tournament so far. McDermott scored two as well in the second win. Other goals for Hudson Valley came from Rye’s Andrew Davis, Pelham’s Matthew Landis, Yorktown’s Brian Prastreau, Corpolongo, Prunty and Yozzo-Scaperrotta, who all score one each. Zingaro and Danaher split time in goal again, this time with Zingaro saving seven shots and Danaher stopping two.

Hudson Valley and New York City were the only two teams to finish day one of the tournament unbeaten. On Friday, Hudson Valley takes on Adirondack, New York City and Western. The playoffs start Saturday, with the championship game on Sunday.

2012 Empire Cup Hudson Valley Region Roster:

  • Michael Benincasa – Rye
  • Alex Bronzo – Put Valley
  • Joe Buzzetti – Clarkstown South
  • Dan Campbell – Somers
  • Alex Corpolongo – Somers
  • James Danaher – Don Bosco
  • Andrew Davis – Rye
  • Joseph Fahy – Don Bosco
  • Jake Kaiser – Byram Hills
  • Matt Landis – Pelham
  • Danny Manning – Yorktown
  • Kevin McDermott – Hen Hud
  • Zach Mermelstein – Pelham
  • Luke Palmadesso – Yorktown
  • Jack Phelan – Yorktown
  • Brian Prestreau – Yorktown
  • Brian Prunty – Lakeland/Panas
  • David Rubenstein – Somers
  • Chris Santangelo – Rye
  • Tom Sharp – Suffern
  • Harley Valencia-McNally – Suffern
  • John Yozzo-Scapperotta – Dobbs Ferry
  • Michael Zingaro – Lakeland/Panas

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