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By Christopher Lawlor

SOUTH HUNTINGTON, N.Y. – Who else but Jake Bonomi would seal St. Anthony’s second win this weekend in less than 24 hours.

Bonomi is the attackman the Michigan Wolverines cannot wait to insert into their lineup. That must wait until the spring of 2020 but for now, the Friars, No. 5 in the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse Top 25 High School Power Rankings, are glad he’s plying his craft here on Long Island.

Leading by a goal with the outcome still in the balance, Bonomi skillfully dropped in his fifth goal of the morning and Friars toppled No. 20 Darien (Conn.), 11-9, Sunday in the GEICO High School Lacrosse Showcase at St. Anthony’s High School’s Cy Donnell Field.

The Friars moved to 11-1 and Bonomi was the GEICO Player of the Game after his five-goal effort and wound up with 10 goals this weekend.

Darien (8-3) lost for the second time in as many days and for only fourth time in the 88 games. In last year’s Connecticut Class L final, they had a win streak halted at 76 games and three losses in the early going against top-shelf competition should toughen the Blue Wave in their quest for a state championship in June. Darien is currently Connecticut’s top-ranked boys’ squad.

The Friars have four games left in the regular season and will face their rivals Chaminade (N.Y.) in the state semifinals in May.

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.

Andrew McAdorey, a Duke recruit, had four points on three goals and an assist while Aidan Danenza and Greg Campisi each notched two assists. St. Anthony’s outshot Darien, 40-27; collected a 34-24 edge in ground balls but more importantly won 20 of 24 faceoffs from X.

Sophomore Andrew Demopolous was brilliant in goal for the Blue Wave, rejecting 13 shots and keeping his team within striking distance throughout the contest.

The game was at its tipping point and shifted in the latter stages of the fourth quarter.

It was an alert McAdorey that grabbed a deflected shot and then zipped a rocket into the upper corner and it was 10-9 with 3:43 left much to the delight of the raucous home crowd clad in black and gold.

Early in the fourth, Darien’s Michael Minicus took over during a one-minute sequence with his third and fourth goals of the game. The latter gave Darien a 9-8 lead as Minicus scooped a ground ball near the cage, turned and fired into the lower corner. Demopolous continued his high-end play with three saves in the opening seven minutes.

Bonomi then bagged his fourth goal to tie it at 9.

Bonomi iced his second straight hat trick this weekend off an unsettled sequence. Goalie Alex Pazienza (nine saves) made a goal line save and the resulting goal was a breakaway by the St. Anthony’s go-to goal producer.

Henry Pfeifle delivered his second backbreaking goal of the game. Coincidentally both occurred late in the middle two quarters to rally the Blue Wave. This time his marker was the byproduct of Darien clearing out and Pfeifle rifling a hip-high laser to knot the game at 7 after three.

The third featured three ties. Bonomi tallied his second goal for a 7-6 lead with 1:07 left but Pfeifle was up to the challenge buoying Darien’s hopes heading into the fourth. Demopolous kept the visitors even with three saves in the quarter.

In the first quarter, the Friars were sleepwalking and looking like a team that had the quickest turnaround after playing in Saturday’s third of three games in the GEICO Showcase.

The second quarter was different for the Friars, who pumped in four goals from four different players.

The fifth goal from Brennan O’Neill from Danenza with 35.1 seconds left made it 5-3. Both players have verballed committed to Duke. Darien then won the ensuing faceoff from X reduced the deficit to one on a strike from Henry Pfeifle.

St. Anthony’s held the edge in shots (23-11), faceoffs won (10-1), ground balls (13-10) but committed 10 turnovers. Demopolous was stellar with six saves for the Blue Wave, including three at edge of the crease.

Minicus threaded the needle for his second goal of the first quarter and Darien led 3-1.

Minicus and Pokorny picked up where they left off from Saturday, teaming for the game’s first goal after 103 seconds. McAdorey, considered the nation’s top sophomores, leveled things at 1 less than two minutes later.