Empire State Cup: Boys'/Girls' Final Results, All-Tourney Teams

The 3rd Annual Empire State Cup is taking place in Syracuse, New York from July 31 through August 3. What follows are the the boys' and girls' Saturday and Sunday results and all-tournament teams.

HS Boys' Sunday Medal Round Games

New York City 8 vs. Long Island 7 (Gold Medal Game)
The long awaited Gold Medal game did not disappoint, as the fans were thrilled with a closely fought physical game which ended in New York city taking home the medal with an 8 to 7 score. NYC was led to their repeat championship by the efforts of Joseph Madsen and Brendan Homine, with two goals apiece, and outstanding face off play by Kyle Buser, who consistently won the ball and gained possession for the champs. The team for the Big Apple came out fired up, playing a fast and physical brand of lacrosse to roar out to a 4 to 0 lead. This led to a goalie change as Devin Burdu entered the game for Joe McGuigan. McCuigan would come on to record 4 saves and post a 2nd quarter shutout as the offense for Long Island came around to go into the half 4 to 2.

NYC continued to dominate possession. LI then scored, after a hard ride by Tyler Donne made the score 6 to 3. After a costly penalty, Matt Gavin buried a beautiful shot on man up to bring the score to 6 to 4. Midfielder Brendan Homine pushed that score back to two with a great finish. Long Island then managed to gain possession of a turnover and midfielder Jack Miller scored to energize the Long Island team and make it a one-goal game. Buser won the ensuing faceoff though and the attack trio of Noah Fosse, Joseph Madsen, and Michael Madsen ran out the clock for the underdog New York City boys. The championship lived up to the hype and both teams played an exciting and physical brand of lacrosse and exhibited great competition. Long Island finished the tourney with the silver medal, while NYC completed the three-peat with the gold, ending the Cup in outstanding fashion.

Western 11 vs. Adirondack 6 (Consolation Game)
In the consolation game, Western was pitted against Adirondack in a strong offensive game ending in an 11 to 6 Western victory. The scoring for Western was led by the trio of Evan Printup, Tyler Sperek, and Leland Powless who each tallied three goals, with Sperek also gaining two assists and Printup had one assist. Adirondack was led again by Tyler Thompson who had a game high four goals and strong goalie play by Kody Kocsis. Western earns the 7th place finish while Adirondack finished eighth.

Central 12 vs. Hudson Valley 6 (Bronze Medal Game)
Cole Johnson put up a staggering nine points on 2 goals and 7 assists to lead the Central boys to a Bronze medal finish in a 12 to 6 victory over Hudson Valley. Devon Buckshot was the recipient of many of those seven assists, posting 5 goals for Central. Hudson Valley put up a strong effort to earn fourth place led by the play of Tyler Senatore who had 2 goals and an assist.

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HS Boys' All Tournament Team

Attack - Cole Johnson, Central
Attack - Matt Gavin, Long Island
Attack - Joseph Madsen, New York City
Attack - Alex Mack, Central

Midfield - Tyler Thompson, Adirondack
Midfield - Nick Hatzipetrakos, New York City
Midfield - Seth Ferguson, Western

Face-Off Specialist - Kyle Buser, New York City

Long Stick Midfielder - Lawrence Galizia, Long Island
Long Stick Midfielder - Nick Getfleish, Hudson Valley

Defense - David Reiter, New York City
Defense - Chris Adams, Long Island
Defense - Andrew Cottrell, Central

Goalie - Kody Kocsis, Adirondack

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