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By Christopher Lawlor

SOUTH HUNTINGTON, N.Y. – When the St. Anthony’s (South Huntington) offense gets on a roll, it’s a joy to behold.

The shots come from all angles and multiple players. The ball is constantly in moving and where it lands is usually in the cage. There isn’t anything like sharing the wealth and good times and the Friars wouldn’t have it any other way.

After taking a commanding lead in the third quarter with seven unanswered goals, No. 5 St. Anthony’s crushed Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass), 20-10, on a windy Saturday afternoon in the GEICO High School Lacrosse Showcase at St. Anthony’s High School’s Cy Donnell Field.

The hosts showed no mercy and cranked up the offense, passing the ball around the perimeter in a wheel formation and hitting the target practice fashion.

L-S was shorthanded with starters missing and the Friars unleashed their superior depth and array of highly-rated prospects. L-S never quit and the Friars rolled out a defense that resembled one from nationally ranked college. St. Anthony’s featured 15 players off to the Division I level.

That alone proved why the Friars are No. 5 in the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse Top 25 High School Power Rankings.

For the most part, it was the Jake Bonomi Show as the senior attackman had seven points on five goals and two assists. For his efforts, Bonomi was named the GEICO Showcase Most Valuable Player of the Game.

That free-wheeling offense featured Bonomi but he had help from Brennan O’Neill with four goals; Andrew McAdorey had three markers and an assists; while Philip Polo and Aidan Danenza added two goals apiece.

It was the second straight loss for the Warriors (7-3), which suffered an 18-8 setback to Manhasset (N.Y.) on April 25. L-S will attempt to halt that slide on Sunday back at the GEICO Showcase against nationally ranked Haverford (Pa.) School.

St. Anthony (10-1) has won five straight after dropping a 13-7 decision to archrivals Chaminade (N.Y.) on April 10. The Friars have outscored their opponents, 158-91.

The GEICO Showcase is a two-day event that gathered six powerhouse boys’ programs from four Middle Atlantic states conducted in Suffolk County, Long Island, one of the world’ incubators for lacrosse talent.

St. Anthony’s dominated the key statistics: winning 20 of 33 faceoffs and total shots 37-26.

The game began a rout in the fourth as the Friars were up 18-7. Hayden Donley’s goal early in the fourth broke the run of Friars’ goals, but it was too little too late.

The Warriors were down 11-6 at halftime. After rallying from a two-goal hole in the opening minutes for a 3-2 lead, the Friars went on an 8-3 scoring spree to close out the opening 24 minutes. The 7-1 third-quarter spurt clinched the Friars’ 10th victory of the spring.

In the first half, Bonomi was a one-man wrecking crew for the Friars, collecting four goals and an assist. The Friars sank 11 of 20 shots. L-S goalie Benny Smart had five saves before being pulled.

Bonomi, who is a Michigan recruit, completed his hat trick at 4:52, giving St. Anthony’s a four-goal bulge at 8-4.

Trailing by three goals at the start of the second quarter, L-S pulled within 6-4 when Kyle Smith added an unassisted goal at 9:48. Two minutes later, Polo responded for the Friars.

It was first quarter that featured goal-scoring runs by both squads. When St. Anthony’s peeled off the game’s first two markers, L-S responded with three of their own.

Not to be outdone, St. Anthony’s added the next three goals in the final 1:48 of the period and took a 6-3 lead.

O’Neill and McAdorey made it 2-0 for the Friars before Hayden Donley’s marker with 4:54 left capped a three-goal outburst. Bonomi evened the game at 3 off a dodge roll.

Jake Naso, Bonomi and Danenza then ripped off the next three for the hosts were up thr5ee goals.

L-S showed fight throughout and played the game minus five starters, including starting goalie junior Andrew Vona, a Hobart commit and the son of head coach Brian Vona.

Johnny Herlihy, Finn Garrity, Donley and Smith all hit for a pair goals for the Warriors. Colby Jones and Matt Wards also netted goals.

The final of day competition on Sunday features another tripleheader pitting the six teams. The schedule: Darien (Conn.) vs. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), 10 a.m. EDT; Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) vs. Ward Melville (N.Y.) , 12 p.m.; and Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.) vs. Haverford School (Pa.), 2 p.m.