Jersey Mike’s Week 3 Boys Lacrosse Team of the Week: Brick Memorial
Every week this spring, Jersey Mike’s and Shore Sports Network will be teaming up to select a Lacrosse Team of the Week based on its performance over the past week.
The Jersey Mike's Team of the Week for Week 3 is Brick Memorial, which used a dramatic victory over a division rival to keep its winning streak active and continue its strong play. Shore Sports Network stopped by on Monday to present the Mustangs and head coach Brent Middlemiss with a special Team of the Week certificate and a $250 Jersey Mike's gift card.
The Mustangs started their 2-0 week with a commanding 15-4 victory over St. John Vianney. Senior midfielder Dan Aulisi poured in six goals with one assist and senior attackman Henry Lindquist had three goals and four assists.
Brick Memorial opened an 11-2 lead at halftime and led 14-3 heading into the fourth quarter.
Senior Dylan Rinyak scored three times, senior Rob Beshears scored twice, and junior attackman Aiden McBride scored once. Junior FOGO Christian Valanzola won 15 of 23 face-offs and senior Paul Mazzeo (5 saves) and junior Josh Youmans (2 saves) split time in goal.
Brick Memorial's second win of the week was a 12-11 thriller over Class A South rival Jackson Memorial. Trailing 6-4 at halftime, the Mustangs surged ahead with a 6-1 run during the third quarter to take a 9-7 lead. Jackson responded and the game progressed to an 11-all tie late in the third quarter.
The go-ahead goal in the final minute was delivered by Aulisi, who finished with a game-high five goals and two assists. Lindquist, Rinyak, and McBride all had two goals and one assist while Chase DeVeau scored once. Senior goalie Paul Mazzeo made 18 saves to backstop the victory.
The win put the Mustang at 6-3 on the season on and 3-1 in Class A South to move into second place in the division.
Brick Memorial then pushed its winning streak to five games with a 14-5 win over Marlboro on Monday.
Heading into the 2022 season, the Mustangs were coming off the best season in school history when they set a program single-season wins mark with a 14-5 record. They did, however, graduate First Team All-Shore midfielder Darren Romaine, all-division attackman Filipe Correia, and all-division FOGO Luke Ra,y plus attackman Chris Marks and LSM Luke Vojtko. Lindquist and Aulisi were the No. 4 and No. 5 scorers on the team, respectively, last season and both have stepped up to lead Brick Memorial's offense.
Aulisi leads Brick Memorial with 33 goals and adds eight assists for a team-leading 41 points. Lindquist is second with 34 points on a balanced delivery of 18 goals and 16 assists. The secondary scoring has been supplied by seniors Dylan Rinyak (15g, 5a) and Rob Beshears (6g, 4a) and junior Aidan McBride (10g, 3a).
Brick Memorial has also received steady play from its specialists. Senior goalie Paul Mazzeo has made 137 saves with a 65% save percentage and junior FOGO Christian Valanzola has a 56% winning percentage at the face-off X.
After posting the victory over Marlboro, Brick Memorial will try to continue its winning ways with two Class A South games this week. On Wednesday, they will play under the lights at Toms River North and on Friday will host town rival Brick Township in another night game.