A group of 23 lacrosse players from Westchester, Rockland and other counties in the Hudson Valley will compete in this weekend’s Empire State Cup, a six-team tournament of players from throughout New York state.
Each team will play at least seven games during the tournament, which starts on Thursday. The Hudson Valley team plays Central at 2 p.m. on Thursday and Long Island at 6:30 the same day. The other regions with teams in the tournament are Western, New York City and Adirondack.
This year’s Cup is the first and the tournament, which goes through Sunday, will be played in Syracuse.
The head coach for the Hudson Valley team is Lew Janavey, who was the head coach of the Hudson Valley team in the now defunct Empire State Games in 2004. He was an assistant coach in the Empire State Games for the Hudson Valley from 1997-2003. He is also the Somers High School lacrosse head coach and coach of the WestRock travel summer program.
His assistant coaches are Brian Dalton, the current assistant lacrosse coach at Somers and a former assistant coach at St. John’s University, and Jon Jez, the current head coach at C.W. Post on Long Island and the chairman of the NCAA Division II Lacrosse Championship Committee.
2012 Empire Cup Hudson Valley Region Roster:
- Michael Benincasa – Rye
- Alex Bronzo – Put Valley
- Joe Buzzetti – Clarkstown South
- Dan Campbell – Somers
- Alex Corpolongo – Somers
- James Danaher – Don Bosco
- Andrew Davis – Rye
- Joseph Fahy – Don Bosco
- Jake Kaiser – Byram Hills
- Matt Landis – Pelham
- Danny Manning – Yorktown
- Kevin McDermott – Hen Hud
- Zach Mermelstein – Pelham
- Luke Palmadesso – Yorktown
- Jack Phelan – Yorktown
- Brian Prestreau – Yorktown
- Brian Prunty – Lakeland/Panas
- David Rubenstein – Somers
- Chris Santangelo – Rye
- Tom Sharp – Suffern
- Harley Valencia-McNally – Suffern
- John Yozzo-Scapperotta – Dobbs Ferry
- Michael Zingaro – Lakeland/Panas
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