In the world of lacrosse, Jack Reilly of Christian Brothers Academy has come a long way in a short period of time.
Not even three years into his lacrosse career, the 6-foot-3,
215-pound junior made an early commitment this week to play for national power Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.
Johns Hopkins has won nine NCAA Division I championships, and with former Niskayuna star Mark Bryan in its lineup, came within one victory another last spring.
“I’m very honored to have been offered the opportunity to play lacrosse at Johns Hopkins,” said Reilly, a two-time Big 10 all-star. “I was recruited by several top programs and took visits to Syracuse, Cornell, Siena, Georgetown and the U.S. Naval Academy. All were impressive, but Hopkins is where I felt I fit best.”
Reilly drew interest from 40 Division I colleges after excelling as a freshman and sophomore on CBA’s Big 10 championship teams, and with the Adirondack Region’s Empire State Games team. Growing up, he spent his spring and summer months focusing on baseball.
“I was a baseball player for a long time. My younger brother, Pete, got me into it [lacrosse]. It’s fast and physical and fun,” Reilly said. “I went to as many clinics as I could and watched a lot of games. I tried to pick it up so I could play on my school team when I was ninth grade.”
In two varsity seasons, Reilly scooped up 131 ground balls, won 74 percent of his faceoffs and consistently contained opposing scoring threats with his stick skills, quick movement and physical play.
“My coaches at CBA [Pete Schwan, Rich Scully, Mike Field] were very helpful in getting me ready to play, and [ESG coach] Mike Vorgang at Niskayuna taught me a lot, as well,” said Reilly. “They all encouraged me and continue to help me learn and improve in the game.”
At Hopkins, Reilly will play for head coach Dave Pietramala.
“They are a consistent defensive power and coach Pietramala is widely considered to be the best collegiate defenseman to have ever played the game,” Reilly said. “It’s an opportunity of a lifetime for me since I am a defenseman and will be coached by him.”
Hopkins went 11-6 last season
after its loss to Syracuse in the NCAA Division I title game.
“He [Pietramala] has high expectations and he pushes all of his players to work hard. I like that in a coach,” said Reilly, who is also a standout on CBA’s football team. “He does not play for a spot in the final four. He plays for national championships. All of that appealed to me.”
Bishop Maginn (8-0) moved up one spot to No. 10 in Class A, and Hudson Falls (7-1) joined the Class B list for the first time, at No. 15, on the latest set of state high school football rankings released by the New York State Sportswriters Association.
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (8-0) and Schuylerville (8-0) remained at No. 4 and No. 6, respectively, in Class A and Class C. Schenectady (7-1) and Saratoga Springs (7-1) both moved up one position, to
No. 18 and No. 19, in Class AA.
Class AA: 1. Orchard Park-VI (8-0); 2. William Floyd-XI (7-0); 3. Monroe-Woodbury-IX (8-0); 4. Curtis-PSAL (8-0); 5. Iona Prep-CHSFL (7-0); 18. Schenectady-II (7-1); 19. Saratoga Springs (7-1).
Class A: 1. Aquinas-V (8-0); 2. Ossining-I (8-0); 3. Cornwall-IX (7-1); 4. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake-II (8-0); 5. Somers-I (8-0); 10. Bishop Maginn-II (8-0); 20. Troy-II (7-1).
Class B: 1. Rye-I (8-0); 2. Lackawanna-VI (8-0); 3. Geneva-V (7-1); 4. Pleasantville-I (7-1); 5. Alden-VI (8-0); 11. Cohoes-II (8-0); 15. Hudson Falls-II (7-1).
Class C: 1. Bishop Ludden-III (8-0); 2. Dobbs Ferry-I (8-0); 3. LeRoy-V (8-0); 4. Jamestown Southwestern-VI (8-0); Cleveland Hill-VI (8-0); 6. Schuylerville-II (8-0); 12. Chatham-II (8-0); 16. Fonda-Fultonville-II (7-1).
Class D: 1. Walton-IV (8-0); 2. Maple Grove-VI (8-0); 3. Watertown IH-III (8-0); 4. Dolgeville-III (8-0); 5. Moriah-VII (8-0); 13. Rensselaer-II (7-1).
chatham scores 70
The 70 points Chatham put up in its Class C quarterfinal win over Corinth last Friday was the second-highest total amassed in the Section II football playoffs, which go back to 1978.
Fort Edward has the all-time high for single-game points with 78 in its 78-7 Class D quarterfinal victory over Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons in 2007.
Chatham trailed Corinth in the second quarter, 14-12, before Parker Niles kick-started the Panthers’ scoring spree with two touchdown runs, including an 87-yard dash, in a 70-20 victory.
Chatham was involved in the lowest scoring Section II playoff game last season, losing to Cambridge on a safety, 2-0, in a Class C semifinal.
Section II playoffs
Single game points
Fort Edward 78, Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons 7 (2007, Class D quarterfinal).
Chatham 70, Corinth 20 (2008, Class C quarterfinal).
Lansingburgh 68, Cohoes 0 (2002, Class B semifinal).
Albany Academy 63, Fonda-Fultonville 22 (2006, Class B quarterfinal).
Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk 63, Cobleskill-Richmondville 8 (1997, Class B quarterfinal).
Lansingburgh 63, Schalmont 0 (2002, Class B quarterfinal).
Lansingburgh 63, Broadalbin-Perth 21 (2001, Class B quarterfinal).
Lansingburgh 62, Hudson 20 (2005, Class B quarterfinal).
Troy 62, Christian Brothers Academy 0 (1999, Class AA championship).
Schuylerville 60, Tamarac 20 (Class C quarterfinal, 2008).
Shifted from right guard to the backfield late in Wednesday’s Class B crossover football game, 6-foot-3, 300-pound Mark Waite of Schalmont ran four yards for a touchdown to cap the Sabres’ 39-7 win over Cobleskill-Richmondville.
“We gave all of our senior linemen a carry,” said Schalmont coach Mike DiCocco. “A couple of them didn’t look too bad.”
They blocked even better, though, as Schalmont (7-2) set a team record this season with 2,200 rushing yards, and Vince Gallo set individual record with 1,610 rushing yards. Waite, Shawn Pryba, Brian Ellis, Albasan Syla and tight end Coleman Jennes were the seniors mainstays up front for the Class B West Division champions. Shawn Schellenger, a 6-7, 300-pound junior, also started on the offensive line.
here and there
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake has joined the field for the girls’ portion of the Arthur Hilliard Memorial Basketball Tournament scheduled for Dec. 27-28 at Schenectady’s Pat Riley Sports Center. Niskayuna and Columbia will also compete with the defending tourney champion Lady Patriots. . . .
The Shenendehowa girls’ swimming and diving team completed a perfect dual meet season with a recent 101-69 win over Foothills Council champion Queensbury. The Lady Plainsmen went 8-0 in the Suburban Council, 10-0 overall, and placed second behind state power Ithaca at the early-season Owego Invitational. Queensbury was 12-0 before its loss. . . .
Kristie Russell of Bethlehem (441.20), Meg McDewitt of Niskayuna (391.30) and Liz Giacchetta of Mohonasen/Schalmont (377.60) placed one-two-three in the 11-dive competition at the recent Mohonasen Diving Meet. Rema Bianca of Saratoga Springs (139.25) was the six-dive champion. . . .
Bethlehem’s junior varsity boys’ volleyball team defeated Shenendehowa in the final match of the Suburban Council Tournament to complete a perfect season. Coach Jim O’Keefe’s Eagles went 18-0 in league play and 28-0 overall.