Empire State Cup - Boys'/Girls' Results and Playoff Previews

The 3rd Annual Empire State Cup is taking place in Syracuse, New York from July 31 through August 3. What follows are previews of the boys' and girls' playoffs and then the boys' and girls' results from the first two days of play.

High School Boys' Playoff Preview

The high school boys' division for this year's Empire state cup is loaded with talent and is a close, entertaining battle for playoff seeding. Long Island was the dominant force through round robin as they went 4-0 through pool play and gained the number one seed. They await the winner of Adirondack and Central, that game being at 1:30pm. NYC, the reigning champions, were also a force to be reckoned with only dropping one game, a hard fought loss to number one seed Long Island. They will play the winner of the Hudson Valley/Western contest at 3 pm.

Coming into playoffs with strong momentum was Hudson Valley. Hudson Valley won the nightcap on Friday, beating Western in a hard fought contest with a late goal to earn the third seed where they will have a rematch of the shootout they had with Western, scheduled at 11:00 am. The fourth seed is owned by the Adirondack team, whose fast start in the tournament (2-0) led them to clinch the fourth seed. They will face off against Central in the first Saturday Contest at 9:30 am. Central, often a strong team in the tournament, had a slow start but showed grit and determination on Friday to win two close fought OT matches to earn the fifth seed and a match with Adirondack. Coming in as the underdog sixth seed is the Western team, who lost a heartbreaker in the last game of Friday night: a game in which Hudson Valley buried one late to take the third seed. Western will get a chance to avenge that loss in the 11 am game.

Long Island - The boys from Long Island are the favorites after pool play and have great momentum going into the playoffs with a 4-0 record and most being convincing wins. The Long Island offense puts on a display, specifically, Tyler Dunne and Matt Gavin, two very skilled lefty attackmen who have the rare ability to make their teammates around them better. These two were impressive in every game they played; working well with their line - mates, who are quite skilled themselves, and also with each other, something that they hope will continue in a playoff run. The face - off x is run by Kyle Gallagher who is seemingly automatic at times and helps to dictate the tempo for the LI squad. The defense is strong due to the efforts of LSM's Chris Adams and Lucas Galizia, who control the middle of the field, causing turnovers and sparking transition.

NYC - The reigning champs seem to have come back with the same determination they exhibited last year earning the two seed and impressing many throughout pool play. The NYC team is stacked with offensive talent starting with an attack line of Noah Fosse, and the Madsen Brothers, Joseph and Michael. This trio will need to continue their strong production if the New Yorkers want to pull out the Gold. The highlight of the defense is goalie Dylan Moser who is strong every time he steps on the field.

Hudson Valley - Hudson Valley, following an emotion - filled game against Western, is running with momentum into the playoffs. Hudson Valley is led by their face - off man, Jared Hershman, who consistently wins the ball to himself, controlling tempo and creating offense. Tyler Senatore leads the offensive effort with consistent production.

Central - Central has shown a desire to win in this tournament and could be a force to reckoned with. The offense, led by attackmen Cole Johnson, a skilled feeder, and Alex Mack, a consistent finisher, is full of other players who can help create scoring chances. Goalie's Tristan Hancock and Mark Suits are strong in cage for Central in each showing.

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2014-08-02



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