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School Notes: Underclassmen Lacrosse

By James Schiltz
Tuesday, July 9, 2013

With 10 Section II lacrosse players participating, the Upstate teams went a combined 3-5 at the recent Under Armour Underclassmen Games at Towson University in Baltimore.

The Upstate boys went 2-2 in pool play with attackman Mike D’Amario (Niskayuna), midfielder Aidan O’Brien (Niskayuna) and defensemen Ian Grey (Shenendehowa) and Connor Flood (Albany Academy) in the lineup. Upstate beat South (13-12 OT) and New Jersey (14-9), and lost to Washington (14-5) and Philadelphia (10-9).

Upstate placed third in its five-team division, and matched its 2012 tournament record.

The Upstate girls went 1-3 in pool play and tied for fourth place with a roster that included goalie Lexie Ball (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), midfielders Julia Lennon (Shaker) and Mary Rahal (Queensbury), and attackers Nicole Beardsley (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), Morgan Hardt (Guilderland) and Cara Quimby (Guilderland).

The Upstate girls also went 1-3 a year ago.

Baltimore swept to both championships, each of its teams going 6-0. In the boys’ title game, Baltimore beat Washington, 17-11, and in the girls’ final, Baltimore upset Long Island, 11-10.

The games for the underclassmen were part of the annual Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic.

WHAT THEY’RE DOING

Reece Jackson, who led Schenectady County Community College in scoring and rebounding the past two seasons, has accepted a basketball scholarship from NAIA Division II Ave Maria University in Florida.

Jackson is the second Section II player in the past two weeks to commit to the school following Ralph Erickson’s decision. Erickson, a guard from LaSalle Institute in Troy, was selected the Big 10 Player of the Year back in February. The duo will compete for coach Ken Dagostino, who recently accepted that position after a stint with the Hudson Valley Community College men’s team.

Jackson was tabbed a Big 10 first-team all-star as a junior while at Schenectady High School, yet an ankle injury limited him to 11 games as a senior. In his final home game that 2009-10 season, in a 57-49 Section II Class AA win over Guilderland, Jackson piled up 19 points, 12 rebounds, four steals and five blocked shots.

Jackson was named SCCC’s co-Male Athlete of the Year following the 2011-12 school year when the 6-foot-6 forward averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds.

In one of his standout games last season, in an 86-67 win over Broome CC, Jackson totaled 25 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocked shots. He fired in 33 points as a freshman in a 79-78 win over Jefferson CC.

BURNS TO TRANSFER

Big 10 first-team basketball all-star Elijah Burns is transferring from LaSalle Institute to Blair Academy in New Jersey.

Burns, a 6-foot-6 junior forward, averaged 17.8 points and 10 rebounds last season and was named to the all-state honorable mention group. He scored in double figures in 18 of 20 games with a high of 26 in a win over Albany.

LaSalle went 12-4 in the Big 10 and 13-7 overall with Burns operating up front.

Burns has received interest from numerous colleges. He will attend Blair, a member of the New Jersey State Prep League, for two years.

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