Cook, Mann star in Empire State Cup

Caz lacrosse stars contribute to Central bronze medal

— Earning a semifinal spot, Central got a second victory over Adirondack, 10-4. Here, Cook served as a distributor, dishing out four assists to go with his lone goal, and it was Mann getting a well-deserved place in the spotlight thanks to a three-goal hat trick and an assist.

In the semifinals, though, Central dropped a 10-6 decision to Long Island. This time around, a slow start, not a poor finish, doomed Central as it fell behind 8-2 halftime and could not make it all up, despite Cook contributing four goals to give him 12 for the tournament, tops among all individuals.

However, Central would finish the tournament strong, defeating Western 15-6 on Sunday for the bronze medal, and Mann was a central figure, winning nine of the 10 face-offs he attempted.

Both Mann and Cook earned spots on the All-Tournament team, while New York City repeated as champions by edging Long Island 4-2 in a defense-oriented championship game.

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