Players of the Week - Eastern Region, June 7

By Ryan Rohde

This week we feature a clutch goalie in Rhode Island, an Empire state attacker leading his team to a title, and a team from New Jersey playing stellar post-steason defense.

Defensive Unit, Summit (NJ)
It is hard to single out just one player, so the Player of the Week award goes to the entire defensive unit for Summit. The Hilltoppers beat St. Joseph Metuchen 6-1 to capture the Tournament of Champions crown for the second straight season. St. Joseph scored its lone goal with 1:57 left in the fourth and Summit goalie Brian Feeney was forced to make only two saves on the afternoon.

Summit's defense held opponents to just 2.3 goals per game, with the highest goals-against total being seven. The Hilltoppers finished the season 23-0 and set a state record with their 45 consecutive win.

Nick Capalbo, Goalie, Moses Brown (RI)
Capalbo's numbers were not huge, but he came up big when his team needed him the most. The net-minder made seven stops, including two in the last minute of the fourth quarter, as Moses Brown scored with seven seconds left in overtime to beat La Salle 9-8. (The victory ensured the school a Rhode Island D-I state championship.) Capalbo's tremendous outlet pass started the game-winning score in the waning seconds of overtime.

Kevin Rice, Attack, Skaneateles (NY)
The junior was instrumental in the Lakers' ongoing quest for a state title. Rice led the way with a five-goal and one-assist performance in the 18-11 win over Lafayette to capture the Section-III Class 'C' Title. Three days later, he netted another four goals and two assists in an 18-4 win over previously undefeated Salmon River. Skaneateles moves onto the state quarterfinals where they will face Corning East on June 8th.


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