Weekend Boys' Roundup for April 15-17

Despite widespread rain across the East Coast, the weekend in high school boys' lacrosse proved to be thrilling from start to finish. With come-from-behind victories, unpredictable upsets and conference clinching wins highlighting the schedule, it's safe to say it was quite the weekend to remember -- and one that should have a lasting impact on a number of playoff races from here on out.

Mahopac Beats Yorktown for First Time Since 1999

Anthony Berardis scored two minutes into double overtime to lift Mahopac to a thrilling 12-11 victory over Yorktown on Saturday. With the win, Mahopac (5-2 overall) ended a 14-game losing streak to Yorktown (5-1). Even without standout Ty Schuldt (concussion), Yorktown claimed an 11-9 lead early in the final frame before Mahopac staged its comeback.

Senior midfielder T.J. Foley led the way for Mahopac with four goals. Foley and the Indians bounced back nicely on Saturday after falling to Somers, 8-7 in overtime on Thursday. Frank Fusco added five scores for Yorktown.

Elsewhere on the East Coast, West Islip held on to defeat Chaminade, 8-7, on Saturday. The game went back and forth for three quarters before West Islip (6-0) embarked on a four-goal run to take a commanding 8-4 lead in the second half. Chaminade (6-1) scored three goals in a span of 30 seconds late in the final stanza, but it was too little, too late for the talented squad. Conor Braddish scored three goals to lead West Islip while Matt Kavanagh led the way for Chaminade with four goals and two assists.

In the feature game of the Third Annual Checking for Cancer Tournament, Haverford School downed Darien, 11-5, to improve to 11-0 overall. With midfielder Joe McCallion leading the charge by going 15-for-15 on face-offs, the Fords dominated the second half of action and limited Darien and its potent offense to just two second-half scores.

St. Mark's (TX) Wins Southwest Prep Conference Title

With a 7-6 victory over Episcopal Dallas on Saturday, Texas elite St. Mark's captured the 2011 Southwest Preparatory Conference lacrosse title. The win marks the program's ninth league championship in the past 10 seasons.

Gil Cassagne scored three goals for the Lions, including a key strike that broke a 5-5 deadlock just over a minute into the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, the Lions can grab the No. 1 seed in the upcoming district tournament with a victory over Highland Park on Thursday.

Staying in the South Region, Memphis University School LaxPower's top-ranked team from Tennessee split a pair of games this weekend against some tough competition at the Legacy Lacrosse Cup in Georgia. The Owls fells to Georgia power Harrison, 4-2, on Saturday before posting an exciting 8-7 overtime victory against Charlotte Latin (NC) later in the day. Winners of five of its last six games, Memphis is currently 8-2 overall and heads into Friday's showdown with Montgomery Bell with plenty of momentum.

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