Jack Cascadden Will Play in the Long Island Class II Championship Game This Saturday
Jack Cascadden had never competed in a Long Island Class II championship game before Garden City defeated MacArthur in the county final. But after donning a headset and accepting this new role, Jack found himself immersed in this new experience.
Cascadden won 12 out of 16 faceoffs to lead Big Red to an 18-12 victory against #16 Penn. Additionally, he collected 66 ground balls.
Early Life and Education
Jack Cascadden hails from Garden City and is the son of Chad and Melissa Cascadden. As an accomplished two-sport athlete – excelling at both football and lacrosse – Jack earned many honors during high school including first team Newsday All Long Island football player as he guided Garden City Trojans to their fourth straight Nassau Conference II championship win, then going on to lead them into this Saturday’s Long Island Class B championship game against Comsewogue while sharing the field with fellow Cornell commit Brendan Staub.
Cornell is led by Jack Cascadden on the faceoff X this season, where he has excelled. On March 27, Cascadden won 12 out of 16 faceoffs in an easy win against Penn and assisted a goal to earn Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors.
Two weeks ago, MacArthur player Paul Lapointe suffered from a sprained PCL in his right knee that forced him out of county final against Long Island Class II champion Bellport. On Saturday however, Lapointe returned for Long Island Class II championship game against Bellport despite still wearing a brace around it.
Garden City captain Brian Johnson donned a headset and repeated calls coming from coaches in the box as he helped guide Garden City to an easy 9-4 win against Bellport despite an injury to his right side, though his ability to move was significantly limited due to pain. Still, there was no intention for him to stop playing any time soon.
Achievement and Honors
Garden City senior Anthony Barizzo has been an invaluable player this season. Selected as a Newsday All-Long Island First Team selection, he scored goals while collecting 66 ground balls – both impressive numbers for any lacrosse player! In 2022 he will attend Cornell and play lacrosse for them.
Cascadden earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors after his performance against Penn. He won 12 out of 16 faceoffs and assisted a goal. Even while wearing a brace in county final against MacArthur, he still made an impactful contribution; echoing calls from his bench while offering nuggets of insight directly. Cascadden stands out among high school sports’ most exciting athletes this season.
Jack Cascadden enjoyed an outstanding high school football season. Being named to Newsday’s all-Long Island first team was just the icing on the cake as he led Garden City to win its fourth straight Nassau Conference II title.
Senior running back/defensive end/punter Eric McIver was also instrumental in the Trojans’ convincing win over MacArthur in the county final last Saturday, even with his knee in a brace due to suffering a sprained PCL in a semifinal match-up. Nonetheless, he proudly donned a coach’s headset and fully accepted his changed role as part of their victory.
He responded to calls coming from coaches in the press box and offered nuggets of insight to players individually. But mostly he simply enjoyed being out there with his teammates and taking in every moment; as two-sport athlete who will also play lacrosse for Cornell this fall.
Cascadden was a linebacker for the Jets from 1995-99 and currently lives in Garden City with his wife and three sons. Additionally, he serves as managing director of ParkWest Advisors – a financial firm dedicated to middle market businesses.
Roger Rubin was an outstanding defensive end who recorded 73 tackles behind the line-of-scrimmage on his 12-0 team that won Nassau Class II championship and earned Newsday All-Long Island First Team recognition as well as receiving the Thorp Award as Nassau County’s Most Valuable Football Player. Additionally, he excels at lacrosse, academics and lacrosse; majoring in Business at Cornell he plans to study there after graduation from Newsday in 2018 after covering high school, college and baseball coverage for 20 years at Daily News covering high school, college baseball coverage; avid New York Mets fan who lives on Long Island with husband, daughter and sons