July 21 - 25, 2010
Congratulations to All the Athletes
Buffalo Region


from SportsFive.net
Long Island wins their fifth straight Gold Medal and Central wins their third straight Silver.
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from SportsFive.net
Western wins their first Medal since receiving Bronze in 2007.
from Inside Lacrosse
Highlights from Long Island's victory vs. Central NY in the Empire Games Championship. (2:30)
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from Inside Lacrosse
Highlights from Western's victory vs. Adirondack in the Empire Games Bronze Game. (2:52)
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from The Ithaca Journal
For two games, the loaded Central and Long Island men's lacrosse teams attacked each other with the ferocity of a state playoff game. By the time Sunday's gold medal game had ended, it was plain that not much separated the two teams.
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from the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin
The Western Region women's scholastic lacrosse team's bid for an Empire State Games gold medal fell short in a 17-7 loss to Long Island in Sunday's championship game at Niagara University.
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from the Albany Times-Union
Look out, the rest of New York state! The Capital Region, and the Adirondack Region, are gaining on you. That's the message the Adirondack scholastic women's lacrosse team sent Sunday by winning the bronze medal convincingly over Central 11-6 at Niagara University.

Thanks, SportsFive!

I know I speak for all the lacrosse fans from across New York State and beyond when I say thanks to SportsFive.net's Paul Wilson, Nan Robinson and TJ Huffsmith for the live blogs from the ESG's, Kyle Barrett's meticulous stats. We all appreciate the long hours (and little sleep) that comes with providing such in-depth coverage to those of us that just can't make it to the games. If you missed something, or want to review anything to do with the Men's games this year, simply go to SportsFive.net's ESG page.

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from The Post-Standard
After building a 4-2 lead at halftime, Central allowed perennial power Long Island to score four consecutive goals and dropped a hard-fought 7-6 gold-medal game to the Islanders.

Central fell behind Adirondack by three goals to start the bronze-medal game and eventually lost 11-6.
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from the Watertown Daily Times
Thomas Grimm smiled and shook his head Sunday afternoon at Canisius College. The Carthage High School senior seemed happy with his second Empire State Games experience. But that doesn't mean he got everything he wanted out of it.
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from SportsFive.net
Game by game score books with complete statistics, team leaders, and archives for 2006-08.
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from SportsFive.net
With the Medal Games already decided, the games on Saturday were necessary to ensure that each team played all of their competition, but they were unnecessary in determining who would play on Sunday.
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from SportsFive.net
Central defeated Hudson Valley 16-7. Central won each of the four quarters, including holding Hudson Valley scoreless in the second quarter.
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from SportsFive.net
Long Island defeated NYC 15-3. Long Island led 8-2 at the half and held NYC scoreless in the fourth quarter.
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from The Ithaca Journal
For the first time since Ithaca High standout Dave Grossman backstopped the Central Region to victory in 2004, the boys in light blue lacrosse jerseys celebrated an emotional win over four-time gold medalist Long Island.

But Central will need to do it again Sunday to walk away champions.

from Neil Kerr/The Post-Standard
In an upset, Central (2-1) squandered a two-goal halftime lead, bowing to host Western 14-11 Friday afternoon.
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from SportsFive.net
The second day of the 2010 Empire State Games closed with Central holding the top Spot. Central (4-0) is the only remaining undefeated team after four games in round robin play. Long Island (3-1) brings up the second spot with their only loss coming during a sudden victory overtime loss against Central. The next group down includes Western (2-2) and Adirondack (2-2). Hudson Valley (1-3) and New York City (0-4) round out the tournament.
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from The Troy Record
They went from playing the BEST team in the morning to the WORST team in the late afternoon. And predictably, the results were mixed. The Adirondack Region Scholastic men’s lacrosse team rebounded from a whipping earlier in the day to hammer New York City 10-3 on Friday afternoon at the Empire State Games at a steamy Canisius College Athletic Complex.
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from SportsFive.net
There were a number of outstanding performances throughout the first day of games. Of note include face-off men Jake Froccaro (Long Island) and Tim Edwards (Central). Froccaro finished two rounds with 24 wins (67%) and Edwards finished with 23 wins (85%). 2010 appears to be the year of the goalie, as a number of teams stood out with exceptional goalie play. David Scarcello of Western finished with three saves in the shutout against NYC. Both Long Island goalies finished with impressive percentages: Zach Oliveri (10 saves – 71%) and Tom Cordts (8 saves – 53%). NYC’s Chris Fiore finished with a tournament leading 23 saves and Adirondack’s Bob Wardwell finished with 19 saves.
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from SportsFive.net
Central demonstrated that they are the team to beat in the tournament with an overtime win over Long Island 8-7.
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from SportsFive.net
Western defeated Hudson Valley 10-7 after a big showing in the third quarter. Hudson Valley tried for the second time in tournament to mount a comeback but Western kept control of the ball in the final minutes for the win.
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from SportsFive.net
Leading the charge for Adirondack were Tim Coll (2g-3a) and Brian Schlansker (2g). For NYC, Neil Hamamoto had 2g.
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from SportsFive.net
Central came out slowly, but scored ten goals in the second half on their way to a 12-4 win over Western. Central was led in scoring by Kevin Rice (5g).
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from SportsFive.net
Long Island appeared to be two different teams in their win over Adirondack. Long Island defeated ADK 12-4. However in the first half Adirondack stepped up their game, holding Long Island to only two goals while they scored three.
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from SportsFive.net
Hudson Valley scored the first five goals of the contest and held NYC scoreless for the first two quarters. The final score was 5-2 Hudson Valley.
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from Neil Kerr/The Post-Standard
Bolting to a 17-0 halftime lead, a strong Central scholastic girls lacrosse team opened play in the 31st edition of the Empire State Games with a 21-0 shutout of New York City. Pacing the winners with seven goals was senior shotmaker Kailah Kempney of Section III Class C champion Carthage.

Like the Central girls, the Central boys lacrosse team (2-0) opened play with a 14-6 win over . . . New York City, 14-6. Ari Waffle from Fayetteville-Manlius netted three goals for Central, backed by Kevin Rice (Skaneateles) with two goals and four assists, plus Dylan Donahue (West Genesee) with two goals and one assist.
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from the Port Washington Patch
Jake Froccaro is the youngest player on the Long Island scholastic boys lacrosse roster. But just one day into the Empire State Games, the rising junior from Port Washington is having the biggest impact. He dominated in the faceoff circle to help Long Island go 2-0 on Thursday with wins over host region Western and Hudson Valley on the turf at Canisius College.
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from The Buffalo News
After a rocky beginning to Thursday's matchup against Long Island, the Western scholastic boys lacrosse team settled down and trailed by one goal by halftime. But any dream of upsetting Long Island quickly faded after the start of the third quarter.
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from LoHud.com
It took a last-second goal by Steven Murphy — literally, with one second on the clock — for Long Island to fend off Hudson Valley in boys scholastic lacrosse during the 2008 Empire State Games. Long Island went on to beat Central for the gold, its fourth in a row, and it had that Murphy goal to thank.
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from the Yorktown Patch
You can't get to Carnegie Hall without a heavy dose of practice, but Rome wasn't built in a day. The Hudson Valley girls lacrosse team, which features a crop of local talent, learned the latter the hard way as they caught the deer-in-the-headlights look during the opening round of Empire State Games in Buffalo July 22.
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from The Record
Under a gathering of gloomy and threatening storm clouds, Adirondack Region Women’s Scholastic Lacrosse coach Marylou Vosburgh told her just vanquished team, “It’s all right to be ticked off.” The Adirondack team probably was angry after dropping a wild and wooly 20-18 barnburner to the Central Region team in the Empire State Games on Thursday.
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from the Watertown Daily Times
Even Katie Ferris misses the goals sometimes. But her opponents at this week's Empire State Games shouldn't expect the speedy attacker to make it a habit. She made that perfectly clear in the Central Region's second game Thursday afternoon at Niagara University.
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from SportsFive.net
Western held New York City scoreless in their 17-0 win in the last game of day one. Western held NYC to only four shots, three on cage, in the final game of the second round.
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from SportsFive.net
Central held Adirondack to only 13 shots in their 12-4 win in game five today. Central scored nine goals in the first half, while holding Adirondack to only one goal (in four shots).
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from SportsFive.net
Long Island defeated Hudson Valley 13-7. Long Island came out scoring early and scored the first four goals of the game before Hudson Valley scored their first.
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from SportsFive.net
Central finished the first round of play with a win over New York City winning 14-6. Central controlled the game for nearly the entire first three quarters.
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from SportsFive.net
Long Island defeated Western 10-4 in the opening contest of the 2010 Empire State Games. Long Island's Kyle Keenan (Smithtown West/Duke) led all scoring with 3g-3a.
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from SportsFive.net
In the second game of the day, Adirondack held off the late advances of Hudson Valley to win 7-6. Adirondack took the early lead, going up by as much as four (6-2) before Hudson Valley started coming back.
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from John Mariani/The Post-Standard
The Seneca Nation of Indians will present a $10,000 check to (Iroquois Nationals) officials at 1:30 p.m. at the Rev. James M. Demske S.J. Sports Complex on the Canisius College campus. The athletic center is the venue for men’s lacrosse at the Empire State Games.
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from SportFive.net
SportsFive is taking a four person crew to the games this year and plans to have extensive coverage of all seventeen games. After the last game of each day, the team will start publishing the complete stats for each player and stories will be published for each game. At the end of the tournament we will try to figure out why teams won and lost in the wrap up story.

In addition to the game stories and photography, we are planning score-by-score blogging for each of the games as well. Nan Robinson and TJ Huffsmith will be on hand, backed up by Kyle Barrett's stats. If you can't make the games, you will be able to follow your team or the whole tournament on the blog.
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from the Press & Sun-Bulletin
After getting washed away by New York state's economic downturn in 2009, the Empire State Games returned with vigor on a blustery Wednesday night at University at Buffalo Stadium as headlining band Third Eye Blind and a fireworks display greeted nearly 6,000 athletes to the 32nd staging of the Games.
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from Tom Leo/The Post-Standard
As the Empire State Games get set to make their return . . . with opening ceremonies in Buffalo, there is talk the Olympic-style event for amateur athletes could be back in Syracuse in 2012.

“We’d very much like to come back to Syracuse,” said Frederick Smith, the ESG executive director. “We’ve told our Syracuse people we’d like to have a decision by the end of 2010.”
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from John Mariani/The Post-Standard
The Seneca Nation of Indians will present a $10,000 check to (Iroquois Nationals) officials at 1:30 p.m. at the Rev. James M. Demske S.J. Sports Complex on the Canisius College campus. The athletic center is the venue for men’s lacrosse at the Empire State Games.
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from Press & Sun-Bulletin
On the eve of the 2010 Empire State Games, Ithaca High School rising senior Riley Lasda let it be known he's given a verbal commitment to play lacrosse at Penn State under former Cornell head coach Jeff Tambroni.
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from @Buffalo2010ESG
Photos of Wednesday's media event uploaded via Twitter.
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from WIVB-TV
It's been 7 years since the Empire State Games took place in Buffalo. But they're back next week. Ralph Galanti is busy now. Next week, when the athletes hit the track, he says Buffalo will be ready for the Empire State Games. (Video 1:31)
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from ESG Torch Tour 2010
It was another busy day with perfect weather at the Taste of Buffalo! The crowds were even larger, and we took over 300 photos! A number of people said they saw us on YNN and came by for their free photo! Special thanks to Geenamarie Ruggiero for the extra help this weekend!
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from The Buffalo News
Local organizers for this summer's Empire State Games continue to bring the Games back with a bang.

The local organizing committee has announced that Third Eye Blind, best known for the single "Semi-Charmed Life," will headline the July 21 ceremonies at the University at Buffalo.
(see the Game's release here)
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from the West Islip Patch
Thirty players were selected out of 712 that tried out. Twenty will make the final roster of players who will travel to Buffalo July 21-25, 10 will remain alternates.

"Be a Long Island guy, and make sure when you punch the clock, the other team knows who they just played against," he said. "After everything I've seen here at Hofstra, with Notre Dame, with Cornell, it's the 'we' guys that win. You're going to win it with the 20 guys that play together."
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from The Buffalo News
The Empire State Games is looking for volunteers for the 2010 games, which will be held in Buffalo from July 21 to 25. Volunteer positions include general support, medical staff, opening ceremonies, radio communication, media center greeter, results center, and sport support.
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from The ESG's
Welcome to The Empire State Summer Games! The largest competition of its kind in the nation, the Games is a multi-sport event for amateur athletes, patterned after the Olympic program. Athletes must be residents of the State of New York. Following competition (Regional Trials) in each of six regions of New York State, winners numbering some 6,000 will participate in finals competition.
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