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By Christopher Lawlor

SOUTH HUNTINGTON, N.Y. – Brandon Aviles of Ward Melville (Setauket, N.Y.) put on a show Sunday, giving the Syracuse Orange a glimpse of what is possible.

Aviles, a crafty senior attackman, earned his moniker as a do-everything offensive force. He does it from X, winning faceoffs as the fogo. He can dish it to open man with rare visionary traits. He can score with the best of them and even put his stamp on a signature, creative goal in the third quarter worthy for ESPN’s Top 10 Plays of the Day feature.

Aviles tallied fives goals and the Patriots, No. 20 in the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse Top 25 High School Power Rankings, defeated Seton Hall Prep (West Orange, N.J.), 10-3, at the GEICO High School Lacrosse Showcase at St. Anthony’s High School’s Cy Donnell Field.

SHP was shut out in the second half as WM goalie Collin Kriec, a North Carolina recruit, made 10 saves, including five in the third.

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. Five of the six teams at the GEICO Showcase are ranked in the Inside Lacrosse Top 25.

Aviles cemented his GEICO Most Valuable Player of the Game honors in the third with a nifty over-the-shoulder, wrap-around-his-neck right-handed shot that stunned Prep senior goalie Todd Carolonza (three saves) and staked Ward Melville to a 8-3 lead.

The IL rankings will certainly shift following the action at the GEICO Showcase.

Ward Melville (9-3), which is the defending national champions by IL and two-time New York State Class A title holders won’t be denied after a disappointing 6-5 loss to No. 11 Haverford (Pa.) School on Saturday in the GEICO Showcase opener.

After 14 straight victories to open the season, the No. 10 Pirates finally met their match. The Prep rallied for a scintillating 12-11 sudden-goal victory over Darien (Conn.) on Saturday in the second game of the GEICO Showcase. But there is no shame dipping to 14-1 overall and now Seton Hall Prep shifts its focus to the Essex County Tournament and in two weeks will learn their draw in the New Jersey Non-Public A state tournament.

For the game, the Patriots were outshot (28-26) but held a 29-19 advantage in ground balls, which led to considerable time of possession while the Prep to a season low in goals scored.

Ward Melville scored the only two goals of the third quarter and it was 9-3. Aviles bagged his fifth of the day at 9:52 and Rocco Barbero scored his team’s ninth goal off an assist from …. who else … but Aviles.

Rocco Barbero notched his second goal of the game and the lone marker in the fourth quarter with 3:05 remaining.

Virginia-bound Connell Kumar pulled the Pirates within four goals at halftime, netting his fourth of the weekend with 9.3 seconds to go in the second quarter.

Prep outshot the Suffolk County school, 17-15 and the faceoffs from X were even at 6 but WM’s 19-10 edge in ground balls was the difference in the first half. Kriec made five saves for the Patriots.

Aviles gave the Patriots a 7-2 lead before halftime and it was another memorable moment. With Ward Melville controlling possession and looking to gain separation before the final 24 minutes, Aviles flipped an under-handed shovel shot into the lower corner for his fourth marker of the afternoon.

Steven Germain’s second goal of the half restored the Patriots’ lead to four goals at 3:22 to 6-2.

Kriec made a rare miscue in the crease when Kyle Stephenson shot high but the ball trickled over the line for Prep’s second goal with five minutes left in the half.

Ward Melville displayed the heart of a state champion in the first quarter, rolling to a 5-1 lead over the unbeaten Pirates. Aviles fired in three goals and nearly had a fourth in the final seconds if not for a reaction save from Patrick Grimes (one save) of Prep.

Aviles scored the game’s first three goals before Saint Joseph’s-bound Ryan Kemp made it 3-1 with 2:36 left. Germain, who had two goals in a loss on Saturday, and jack Gillen added markers in the final 1:55 and it was 5-1 in favor of the Patriots.

Ward Melville tallied on 5 of 10 shots and won 5 of 7 faceoffs from X. The Boys in Green and Yellow also led in ground balls 13-4.

Aviles recorded the craftiest goal of the weekend with 4:23 left when he unleashed a under-handed, back-handed shovel shot that squeezed inside the right post. The Syracuse recruit then completed his hat trick five seconds later by winning the X faceoff and scored when SHP failed to slide and cover the middle lane.

Aviles wasted little time giving the Patriots a 1-0 lead after 82 seconds of the first.

It was that kind of an afternoon for Aviles.