Giachinta, Cornax, Ramsey and Zehr lead the 2024 All-Stars

Drew Cornax capped off a brilliant high school career that saw the Our Lady of Lourdes star check almost every box. He excelled individually and broke records, taking this program to the next level, even delivering its first sectional championship last year.

This season, the Marist midfielder continued to dominate in a side that was undermanned and hampered by injuries. Cornax had 75 goals, 25 assists and recovered 100 groundballs despite often facing double and triple teams. The four-time Journal All-Star set a program record with 293 career points and received all-Section 9 honors.

These performances earned him the Journal’s Boys Lacrosse Co-Offensive Player of the Year.

Evan Giachinta, Haldane, senior, attack/midfield

Just like last season, Cornax shares the honor with Evan Giachinta of Haldane, who is also one of the best players in the region.

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With his speed, strength and skill, Giachinta was a dynamic attacking weapon who thrived as a scorer and facilitator. The High Point commit had 41 goals and 39 assists, advancing the Blue Devils to the Section 1 Class D semifinals. He set the program record with 284 points.

Haldane challenged himself with a grueling non-league schedule and Giachinta shined, even against elite opponents from big schools, and was an all-section pick.

Landon Ramsey, Red Hook, senior, defenseman

Ramsey’s athleticism has long been on display as a dual-threat quarterback, and those talents came in handy on the lacrosse field as he developed into a playmaking defender. But with Red Hook hit by injuries and graduation, and the offense slowing down a bit, his role expanded.

Canisius shined as a tight end, leading a unit that carried the Raiders to a Section 9 Class C championship. Ramsey also contributed significantly to the offense with 54 points and 89 ground balls and was named a USA Lacrosse All-American.

He was named Co-Defensive Player of the Year by the Journal.

Landon Zehr, Highland, senior, goalkeeper

Zehr shares the honor after putting together another remarkable season, leading the surging Huskies to the Section 9 Class C final. The three-time Journal All-Star made 216 stops with an astonishing .727 save percentage this season, anchoring a defense that limited opponents to 5.3 goals per game.

“Landon is one of the best goalies in the region, if not the entire state,” Highland coach Tom Schlappich said. “He has a fantastic field of view, incredible lacrosse IQ and his skills are extraordinary.”

The Flagler College commit was a USA Lacrosse All-American last season, was named an Academic All-American this spring and was a first-team all-section selection for the third time.

First team

Caleb Clamser, Wappingers, Jr., D: With his athleticism, technique and knowledge, he flourished even as he beat some dynamic scorers. Clamser recovered 44 groundballs and caused 23 turnovers, helping Wappingers reach the Section 1 Class A playoffs.

Oscar Cline, New Paltz, Sr., A: An explosive scorer, he blossomed this season, leading the underdog Huguenots to the Section 9 Class C semifinals. Cline was an all-section pick after tallying 47 goals, 16 assists and 26 groundballs.

Logan Davis, Highland, Fr., A: He turned the season around for the young team, more than tripling their total number of wins compared to last year. Davis had 34 goals and 15 assists as Highland rolled to the Section 9 Class C final.

Jordon Hankel, Haldane, Sr., G: The Sage College commit had another strong season, holding his own against several high-powered offenses and performing under pressure. The two-time Journal All-Star stopped 55% of shots, including 16 saves in a nail-biting quarterfinal victory.

Quinn Heinly, Arlington, Jr., M: He contributed at both ends and helped anchor the attack, despite consistently attracting the attention of long-stick midfielders. Heinly scored 32 goals, including three extra-time winners.

Brayden Kuczma, Wappingers, Sr., A: The four-time Journal All-Star had another sparkling season, scoring 35 goals and 20 assists as he led a recovering Wappingers team to the playoffs. The Rochester Institute of Technology commitment earned academic All-American recognition in addition to all Section 1 honors.

Luke Mackin, Arlington, Sr., A: A spate of injuries to key players saw him become an obvious focal point of the defense and despite the extra attention, Adelphi’s efforts excelled. He had 48 goals and 22 assists, earning Journal All-Star honors for the second time.

John Macri, Red Hook, So., A: He was a talented athlete who also starred for the Pine Plains football team, becoming a leading scorer and helping the Raiders to a sectional title. Macri had 52 goals and eight assists and recovered 67 groundballs, earning all-Section 9 honors for the second time.

PJ Ruggiero, Haldane, Sr., D: He was one of the most disruptive defenders in the area during an outstanding career. The Dickinson College commit had 62 groundballs and 51 forced turnovers this season, once again earning all-Section 1 honors.

Nate Strassberger, Red Hook, Sr., M/FOGO: The Salve Regina commit maintained his reputation as an elite faceoff specialist, winning 317 of 380 matchups from the spot. That success, along with creating 272 ground balls, created a slew of extra possessions for the Raiders, helping them win games.

Luke Wiese, Highland, Fr., M: Wiese’s progress was productive and instinctive beyond his years and helped accelerate the Huskies’ rebuild. He earned all-Section 9 first-team honors after totaling 31 goals, 22 assists, recovering 104 groundballs and winning 61% of his faceoffs.

Connor Wilson, Lourdes, So., D: With his tenacity, stick skills and smarts, Wilson stood out and led the Warriors’ defense. He had 66 groundballs and 19 caused turnovers, earning all-Section 9 honors.

Second team

M – Andre Coleman, Highland, Sr.

A — Alex Crysler, Lourdes, Sr.

A — Danny Cashen, Red Hook, Zo.

M — Mark DiDonna, New Paltz, South.

A — Fallou Faye, Haldane, Jr.

M — Nico Horowitz, New Paltz, Jr.

D — Collin Irwin, Lourdes, Sr.

D – Matt Mulkins, Red Hook, Sr.

D – Thalan Riley, Highland, Fr.

D – Nate Stickle, Haldane, Jr.

G — Eric Waldron, Wappingers, Sr.

Honorable mention

Arlington: Joe DePaola, Jr., FOGO/M; Michael Pomeroy, Jr., A

Haldane: Brody Corless, Jr., LSM/D; Frankie DiGiglio, Sr., M; Liam Gaugler, Sr., A; Dylan Rucker, Sr., FOGO; Ryan Van Tasel, Sr., M

Highland: Trevor Coates, Fr., M; Mark Cureton, Fr., M; Carson Palmer, So., A; Eben Yager, So., M

New Paltz: Cooper Driscoll, Sr., D; Hugo Kay, Sr., M; Jack Powers, So., A

Our Lady of Lourdes: Lorenzo Castro, Jr., D; Jake Kannenburg, Sr., M/D

red hook: Harrison Brown, So., M; Shane Cranna, Sr., DM; Adam Jurkowski, Sr., A; Jack Melious, So., G; Jackson Taylor, Sr., D

Wappingers: Hunter Fodera, Jr., G; Logan Daubenspeck, Sr., M; Andrew Washall, Sr., M

Coach of the Year

Rich Saulino, Red Hook: The Raiders’ rebuild included integrating players from Rhinebeck and Pine Plains when the programs merged, which also meant creating chemistry between teammates who aren’t classmates. Saulino put the pieces together to create a unified group that went on to enjoy a resurgent season and capture its first Section 9 title since 2019.

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