TimesLedger Player of the Week: Peter Pavlakos

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Name: Peter Pavlakos

School: St. Francis Prep

Sport: Soccer

Position: Midfield/Defense

Year: Senior

Height: 5-foot-9

Weight: 150

In one of the biggest games in recent history for the St. Francis Prep boys’ soccer team, Pavlakos stepped up and scored the game-winner to lead the Terriers past perennial powerhouse Monsignor Farrell in the CHSAA ‘A’ quarterfinals Sunday at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point.

Pavlakos, who was spent much of the season playing defense, moved to midfield for the first time this year against Farrell. Just eight minutes into the game, Pavlakos alertly pounced on a rebound and deposited it into the net from 10 yards out for the Terriers, who advanced to the semifinals to face Regis in a game played Wednesday night at USMMA.

“All the time, in games and practice, we talk about following our shots,” Pavlakos said. “The goalie bobbled it and I scored.”

Honor Roll

St. Francis Prep goalkeeper Nick Caputi was solid in net for the Terriers, making a critical diving stab with two minutes left to secure a 1-0 win over Monsignor Farrell ... Gabe Ortega made the most of his return the soccer field Sunday as Molloy’s senior midfielder played several great balls to Stanners forwards and had a pair of assists in a 3-0 quarterfinal win over Xavier ... Holy Cross midfielder Eric DiFulvio scored a goal against Stepinac and another in a 2-0 win over Fordham Prep to help advance the Knights to the CHSAA semifinals against rival Molloy ... St. Francis Prep quarterback Peter Mazzurco was 23-for-41 for 264 yards and two touchdowns in the Terriers’ 37-24 loss to Chaminade ... Christ the King junior running back Anthony Lazarus scored a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to bring the Royals to within a touchdown of Monsignor Farrell ... Campus Magnet wide receiver Vaughn Davis hauled in four catches for 86 yards and a touchdown in his team’s 12-6 loss to Bayside ... Brandon Rush capped a solid senior season for Springfield Gardens, rushing for 103 yards on 18 carries, including two touchdowns in the Golden Eagles’ 28-6 win over Bryant. Teammate Courtney Williams carried the ball 17 times for 160 yards and a pair of touchdowns ... Tristan Leefoon rushed 13 times for 111 yards and caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kyle Piccirello in John Adams’ 28-12 win over Stuyvesant ... Newtown senior midfielder Richie Lesmes netted a hat trick in a 7-0 romp over John Adams ... Richmond Hill’s Olegario Garzon scored four goals in a pair of Lions wins last week ... Grover Cleveland’s Richard Lopez netted four goals and added an assist last week to lead the Tigers to a 2-0 week.

Updated 7:25 pm, October 10, 2011
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