Boston High School: Avon Old Farms

The United States Hockey League (USHL) hosted the first phase of its two-day draft proceedings on Monday.

Here's a list of players with New England ties who were selected Monday, listed by overall selection:

14. Jake Ryczek (Ludlow, Mass.), D, Selects Hockey Academy - Sioux City.

23. Jamie Armstrong (Warwick, R.I.), LW, Neponset Valley - Muskegon.

38. Luke McInnis (Hingham, Mass.), D, Hingham - Youngstown.

54. Johnny Leonard (Amherst, Mass.), F, Springfield Cathedral - Green Bay.

59. John DeRoche (Lynnfield, Mass.), F, Boston Junior Bruins - Cedar Rapids.

63. Liam Murphy (Killingsworth, Conn.), F, Avon Old Farms - Waterloo.

81. Michael Fahie (Pembroke, Mass.), F, Noble & Greenough - Youngstown.

83. Logan Drevitch (Middleborough, Mass.), F, Boston Bandits - Des Moines.

90. R.J. Murphy (Needham, Mass.), LW, St. Sebastian's - Dubuque.

91. Mike Young (Medford, Mass.), D, Rivers - Cedar Rapids.

98. Monte Graham (Hanover, Mass.), F, Thayer Academy - Tri-City.
Ahead of this weekend's NHL Draft, one of the top-rated New England area draft-eligible skaters gave his college commitment, as Avon Old Farms (Conn.) center Nick Hutchinson selected Northeastern, Winged Beavers head coach John Gardner confirmed to ESPN Boston Tuesday night.

"Nick is a talented forward with good hands and a real committed player who is passionate about the game of hockey," Gardner said. "When he fills out physically, he has the potential to be an excellent pro player."

Hutchinson's year of commitment has not yet been announced.

The Hicksville, N.Y. resident was ranked 94th among North American skaters on the NHL Central Scouting's final rankings ahead of Sunday's Draft. It marked a significant gain from Central's midterm rankings, when Hutchinson was ranked 133rd. Hutchinson had 12 goals and 26 assists in 29 games last season for Avon.

The Winged Beavers were NEPSAC Martin-Earl division finalists in 2012-13, losing in a 1-0 decision against Cushing Academy.

Deerfield lax continues tradition of excellence

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DEERFIELD, Mass. – With the start of the 2013 NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament upon us this weekend, there is a good chance that when you tune in you will see Deerfield Academy lacrosse alumni playing an important role in the game.

Of the 16 NCAA tournament teams there are 14 Deerfield alums playing or coaching on eight teams. Cornell head coach Ben DeLuca and Teewarton Trophy (Player of the Year) finalist Rob Pannell are both Deerfield alums, as is North Carolina star attack Jimmy Bitter, to name a few.

Tucked away in the historic, rural town of Deerfield, Mass., resides one of the top high school lacrosse programs in the United States.

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Ryan Kilian for ESPNFormer Concord-Carlisle standout and ESPN Boston All-State selection Jackson Finigan has joined Deerfield Academy for a postgraduate year before heading to the University of Delaware next year.
Deerfield Academy, a school with a total student body of approximately 600, is known for its elite academics, as well as competitive college preparatory school athletic program. Founded in 1797, Deerfield Academy is set on a picturesque campus located 30 miles North of Springfield, Mass. in the Western part of Massachusetts.

The boys’ lacrosse program, which is run by 20-year head coach and athletic director Charles “Chip” Davis, has put together 20 consecutive winning seasons. They have won or shared a piece of their conference title in seven of the last eight years and are a jaw-dropping 87-4 overall in the past seven season of play.

Deerfield competes in the Western New England Division 1 Conference, known as one of the strongest leagues in the country. Their fellow WNE D1 competitors include the likes of Avon Old Farms, Salisbury School, Brunswick School and rival Choate-Rosemary Hall.

The balance and strength of the WNE conference has improved over the years with many of the top high school and future college stars headed to New England to further educate in the classroom and on the lacrosse field.

“There are a number of very high level payers at almost every team in our league now,” Davis said. “That speaks to the amount of good players that play the game and these schools are attracting these very high level players. This was not always the case.”

The Beginning: Every elite program has a defining period when it makes its ascension to the top and remains there.

Davis attributes much of the start of Deerfield’s reign at the top to a midfielder out of Charlottesville, Va. named Henry Oakey. Oakey came to Deerfield in 1993 and would go on to star at the University of Virginia and graduate with a National Championship (1999).

“He was one of those kids who I would consider a catalyst,” Davis recalled. “I felt like ever since he got to Deerfield we have not had a losing season. We had three good years in the mid 1990’s where we only lost two games a year and since about 2000 we have been at the top of the league each year. “

Alumni: The impressive list of Deerfield alumni who have moved on to successful intercollegiate lacrosse careers is as impressive as it is large. In the 2013 season Deerfield alums played on 10 Division 1 programs (six Ivy League teams, three ACC teams, and one Patriot League team) with numerous other Division 3 schools also represented.

Pannell, Bitter and others are both looking to lead their college lacrosse teams to the NCAA Championship this season. Deerfield also boasts alumni such as Bitter’s older brother Billy, who attended Deerfield before starring as an All-American attack at North Carolina. The older Bitter is now playing in the professional ranks.

“Personally, when deciding boarding schools I couldn't think of any negatives about Deerfield,” Jimmy Bitter told ESPN Boston when I spoke to him during his final season of play at Deerfield. “It has great academics, a very friendly environment, and a top athletic program. The school taught me to push myself academically and grow as a lacrosse player. Coach Davis is very knowledgeable about the game of lacrosse and really makes an effort to improve each player.”

College Preparation: The elite lacrosse, balanced with the rigorous academic schedule, is why many student-athletes choose Deerfield. Deerfield offers students a grade 9-12 boarding and day school experience as well as a postgraduate option.

Canadian born attack Joe French is doing a Postgraduate year at Deerfield this year before heading to the University of Virginia to play for head coach Dom Starsia.

French was young for his grade as a 16-year old senior, and thought by doing another year of school it could help prepare him both athletically and academically for UVA. French settled on Deerfield due in part to its academic reputation, and close alumni network.

“Deerfield has been a blast and I am a little bit sad that this year is coming to an end,” French said. “Academically I have taken an array of classes from public speaking to statistics, or even an English class called ‘Reading Insanity.’ The lacrosse is just a bonus. We have a great team and every day of practice is just another way to get better because the long pole your dodging is going to UVA or Army, or the middie your feeding is going to Princeton or Delaware.”

Like French, Jackson Finigan is also currently doing a PG year at Deerfield. Finigan is committed to play lacrosse at the University of Delaware next year and won an MIAA state championship last season at Concord-Carlisle High School. Finigan chose to attend Deerfield after visiting the campus, meeting with Davis and learning about the high-level combination of academic and athletic success at the school.

“At Deerfield we are held to the highest standards to perform in the classroom and on the field,” Finigan said. “The school work is as hard as any college and the lacrosse is about as good as any college level as well. Between balancing lacrosse and schoolwork I have grasped a sense of time management that I can carry with me for the next four years in college.”

2013 Season: French and Finigan are two members of a 2013 squad that currently sits atop, with Brunswick School (Conn.), of the WNE Conference D1 with an overall record of 12-1.

Deerfield has three games remaining against three of their toughest competitors in Avon Old Farms, Salisbury, and Phillips Exeter in their quest for another WNE conference D1 championship. Davis knows all too well that it will not be an easy feat.

“We are coming into the home stretch of our season with three games to play,” Davis said. “All three teams are very good teams and we always have competitive games with all three.”

Deerfield is averaging 12 goals a game this season and is holding teams to an impressive six goals against on average. Davis attributes much of this season’s success to experience and leadership.

“We have two outstanding captains this season in attack Adam Philie (Dartmouth commit) and defender J.R. Mastro (Trinity),” Davis said. “Both came to Deerfield as sophomores, both are good friends and are outstanding, mature leaders.”

After suffering a two-goal opening game loss to Brunswick, Deerfield has ripped off 12 consecutive wins and has improved with each win this season.

“The style of lacrosse that we are playing is unselfish by nature,” Davis said. “I knew we had a lot of talented kids this year so we have had to manage their expectations about playing time and they have bought into the selfless mindset.”

Deerfield, along with all of the NEPSAC lacrosse programs, does not participate in any post-season tournaments due to the nature of the spring athletic season and the limits with end-of-year scheduling. While many would like to see some sort of tournament Davis embraced the current state while acknowledging the difference with the public school tournament format.

“It gives each game its own importance,” Davis said. “If you lose a game that may not feel like a big rivalry game it may come back to bite you. Too often times we do not live in the moment.”
St. John's Prep standout and soon-to-be NHL Draft hopeful Brian Pinho led a deep pool of local skaters selected in Tuesday's "Phase 2" of the United States Hockey League's Draft.

Pinho was one of 13 skaters with ties to MIAA hockey who were taken on the day, including 10 who played for member schools last season.

Here's a list of players with New England ties who were selected Tuesday, listed by overall selection:

6. Brian Pinho (North Andover), C, St. John's Prep - Indiana

15. Ryan Segalla (Hanover), D, Salisbury - Dubuque

18. Merrick Madsen, G, Proctor - Des Moines

22. Connor Light (Sudbury), D, Phillips Andover - Omaha

25. Anthony Petruzzelli, LW, Brooks - Green Bay

28. Zach Sanford (Auburn, N.H.), LW, Islanders (EJHL) - Waterloo

30. Liam Coughlin (South Boston), C, Catholic Memorial - Dubuque

34. Danny Tirone (Trumbull, Conn.),G , Loomis-Chaffee - Cedar Rapids

37. James Winkler (York, Maine), RW, Berwick - Muskegon

53. Jake McCarthy (Dedham), D, St. Sebastian's - Muskegon

56. Garrett Hehir (Auburn, Mass.), C, Cushing Acacdemy - Lincoln

59. Shane Starrett (Bellingham), G, Selects Academy (Catholic Memorial) - Sioux Falls

66. A.J. Greer, LW, Kimball Union - Des Moines

93. Kevin Duane (New Canaan, Conn.), RW, Boston Junior Bruins (EJHL) - Des Moines

94. Terence Amarossa, D, Holderness - Sioux City

100. Aaron Titcomb (Charlestown), D, Salisbury - Cedar Rapids

105. Shane Kavanaugh (E. Providence, R.I.), RW, Cushing Academy - Dubuque

111. Connor Brassard (Fitchburg), D, Cushing Academy - Chicago

120. Mark Hamilton (Winthrop), D, Salisbury - Dubuque

140. Mark Dufour (Winthrop), RW, Kents Hill - Cedar Rapids

165. David Belluche (Andover), D, Phillips Andover - Dubuque

177. Carl Hesler (Boxborough), F, Belmont Hill - Waterloo

191. Miles Gendron (Shrewsbury), C, Rivers - Lincoln

192. Shane Bennett, C, Milton Academy - Waterloo

210. Evan Smith, C/LW, Salisbury - Dubuque

211. Ryan Collins (Newton), C, Ottawa (CJHL) - Indiana

213. Brendan Shane, C, The Gunnery - Des Moines

220. Niko Rufo (Stoneham), LW, Kimball Union - Green Bay

225. Mitchell Smith, C/LW, Salisbury - Dubuque

226. Michael Turner, LW, Cushing Academy - Indiana

230. Tyler Sifferlen (North Andover), F, Malden Catholic - Cedar Rapids

237. Mason Krueger (Nashua, N.H.), LW, Avon Old Farms - Waterloo

246. Vincent Ditmore, D, Choate Rosemary Hall - Chicago

257. Tyler Bird (Andover), RW, St. John's Prep - Tri-City

266. Nick Rutigliano (Shrewsbury), D, Boston Advantage AAA - Lincoln

272. Andrew Cross (Saugus), D, Austin Prep - Tri-City

274. Tyler Drevitch (Middleborough), RW, Boston Bandits (EJHL) - Sioux City

279. Colin MacGillivray (Peabody - Malden Catholic), D, N.H. Junior Monarchs (EJHL) - Youngstown

285. Will D'Orsi (Sudbury), F, St. Sebastian's - Dubuque

300. Nolan Vesey (North Reading), F, Austin Prep - Dubuque

307. Joel Daccord (North Andover - North Andover), G, Cushing Academy - Chicago

309. Sam Tucker (Wilton, Conn.), G, Choate Rosemary Hall - Youngstown

310. Charlie Corcoran (New Canaan, Conn.), C, Berkshire School - Green Bay

366. Jack Adams (Boxford), F, Malden Catholic - Chicago

367. Luke Stevens, F, Duxbury - Omaha

382. J.J. Layton (Peabody), D, Austin Prep - Omaha

384. Charley Borek (Durham, N.H.), F, Choate Rosemary Hall - Youngstown
The NHL Central Scouting service released its final rankings of North American skaters and goaltenders ahead of the NHL Draft Wednesday morning.

Former Malden Catholic standout and Valley Junior Warriors (EJHL) product Ryan Fitzgerald leads the New England skaters, checking in at No. 56.

Here's the list of skaters with local ties who made the cut:

(The full list can be found here):

SKATERS:
56. C Ryan Fitzgerald, Valley Junior Warriors (EJHL - Malden Catholic, North Reading), Previous Ranking - 46
60. LW Zach Sanford, Islanders (EJHL - Pinkerton Academy, Auburn, N.H.), Previous Ranking - 83
75. D Anthony Florentino, South Kent School, Previous Ranking - 79
94. C Nick Huthinson, Avon Old Farms, Previous Ranking - 133
97. LW/C Jason Salvaggio, South Kent School, Previous Ranking - 90
104. D Wiley Sherman, Hotchkiss School, Previous Ranking - 125
109. C Brian Pinho, St. John's Prep, Previous Ranking - 117
138. LW Miles Wood, Noble and Greenough, Previous Ranking - 163
169. D Ryan Segalla, Salisbury School, Previous Ranking - 136
182. C John Stevens, Salisbury School, Previous Ranking - 162
185. D Connor Light, Phillips Andover, Previous Ranking - 178
186. RW Ross Olsson, Cedar Rapids (USHL - Billerica Memorial), Previous Ranking - 121
187. LW Tyler Hill, Chicago (USHL - Hotchkiss), Previous Ranking - 85
195. C Daniel LaFontaine, Avon Old Farms, Previous Ranking - 172
198. D Quin Pompi, Berkshire, Previous Ranking - 160
201. RW Thomas Aldworth, Cushing Academy, Previous Ranking - Unranked
206. D Tyler Wood, Noble and Greenough, Previous Ranking - 197

GOALTENDERS:
15. Shane Starrett, South Kent School (Catholic Memorial), Previous Ranking - 35
26. Merrick Madsen, Proctor Academy, Previous Ranking - 34

NEPSAC: Cushing 1, Avon Old Farms 0

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SALEM, N.H. -- Cushing Academy coach Rob Gagnon doesn't root against Avon Old Farms – his alma mater – very often, but he did Sunday.

That's when Gagnon watched his Cushing team punctuate it season with a 1-0 victory over Avon to win the New England Prep School's Martin/Earl Tournament in the second of three NEPSAC championship games at the Icenter.

It was the third time Gagnon has coached against Avon. The teams skated to a 4-4 tie last season, and a 2-2 tie in December.

“Anytime you play your alma mater and win it makes it more special, but it's not about me – it's about my kids,” Gagnon said. “I'm proud of the way we competed.”

Junior forward Shane Kavanagh scored the game's lone goal 24 seconds into the contest. A shot from the point hit Kavanagh, who collected the loose puck and beat Avon goalie Cody Doyle with a shot from the right faceoff circle.

“It was a faceoff and we didn't execute defensively,” Avon coach John Gardner said. “We missed a defensive assignment. It happens. They're not pros.

“I thought there might be a lot of numbers [on the scoreboard] after that start, but the Cushing goalie played particularly well.”

Cushing senior Mike Dion made 31 saves. Doyle stopped 20 shots.

“The team played really good defense,” Dion said. “They kept everything to the outside. They didn't have many good scoring chances. It was a good way to go out.”

Gagnon said he thought it was Dion's best game in a Cushing uniform.

“His rebound control was very good,” Gagnon said. “In the first period he juggled some pucks, but swallowed everything after that. I expected this to be a 3-2 or a 4-3 game, but you never know – that's why you play.”

Third-seeded Avon was playing without two of its top forwards: senior Vincent Russo (high ankle sprain) and junior Daniel LaFontaine (broken collarbone).

Avon, which beat sixth-seeded Choate (8-0) and second-seeded Thayer Academy (3-2) to reach the championship game, completed it season with a 16-9-4 record.

“We didn't get done what we wanted to this season, to be honest with you,” Gardner said. “We battled through a lot of injuries. We have a lot of tough kids.”

The victory raised top-seeded Cushing's record to 21-7-4. Cushing posted victories over eighth-seeded Governor's Academy (4-2) and fifth-seeded Phillips Exeter (6-3) earlier in the tournament.

“We wanted to prove to the critics that we are a good team,” Gagnon said. “We wanted the kids to come together at the end – and that's what they did. It's great to bring a championship back to Cushing.”

NEPSAC: Thayer 4, St. Sebastian's 3 (OT)

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CANTON, Mass. -- Jonathan Sheedy swooped around the goal, arms raised in the air. A look of incredulousness was written on the senior captain’s face as he looked for his nearest teammate to hug.

With the figures “5:05” emblazoned on the scoreboard, Sheedy stopped time, delivering a 4-3 overtime win for Thayer Academy Wednesday at the Canton SpotsPlex.

Reflecting on his game-winner against St. Sebastian’s in the NEPSAC Martin/Earl Tournament quarterfinal tilt between ISL rivals, all Sheedy could think of is the last couple seasons and how far the Tigers have come.

“We’ve had two losing seasons in the last three years,” Sheedy said. “The fact that we were in the tournament this year, I was wicked happy for that. Now, we get to go to Salem, play in the semifinals Saturday. It’s just amazing.”

Thayer held a 3-0 lead in the second, despite the Arrows carrying play in the period. But Seb’s kept at it and finally solved Tigers netminder Bob McGovern (29 saves), scoring three unanswered goals, including two goals from senior forward James McLaughlin, to tie it in the third.

It was a familiar script.

“It was almost a mirror image of the other day, it was the same kind of game that we played on Saturday,” Tigers head coach Tony Amonte said of his team’s 3-1 win over the Arrows in last weekend’s Valicenti Cup game. “They won the second period, the only difference today was that they won the third.”

The Tigers jumped to a 2-0 lead at 14:19 of the second with freshman Ty Amonte tallying his second of the game on the set-up from Lincoln Griffin off a 2-on-1 break. Thayer struck again exactly one minute later on defenseman Jack Judge’s blast from the point.

However, the Arrows countered with an important goal just 17 seconds later with Tommy Kelley ripping off a one-timer on Corey Ronan’s feed.

“We needed to get one before the end of the period,” St. Seb’s head coach Sean McCann said. “We were fortunate to have a bang-bang play near the crease. It was a nice play by our guys and that helped us carry momentum into the third period.”

After being held scoreless on five previous power-play opportunities, the Arrows found the back of the net for the first time with the man-advantage to start the third. McLaughlin scored his first of two goals at 6:10 of the third. He then scored the equalizer with 7:31 remaining in regulation.

KEEP IT SIMPLE
After being outplayed for the bulk of two periods, Thayer brought its skating legs to the overtime session. Spurred on a by a key save by McGovern in the opening minute of overtime, the Tigers began getting pucks to the Arrows’ net with greater consistency.

It was all part of Amonte’s message to his team at the break: don’t make it too fancy.

“How many pretty goals do you see in an overtime?” the 16-season NHL veteran and Thayer alum said. “A la today, there’s no pretty goals in overtime at any level. So I told them to relax, go out there, play their game and just get pucks to the net.”

As the Tigers advance to play Avon Old Farms in Saturday’s tournament semifinal at the The Icecenter in Salem, N.H. (5:30 p.m.), they feel as though they’re playing with house money.

“This is all gravy,” Amonte said. “For us, we didn’t even expect to make the tournament, so we’ll give it our best and see what happens.”

AN IMPOSING FIGURE
In Thayer’s net, McGovern presents a conundrum for opposing players. That is, where exactly can you shoot?

The 6-foot, 3-inch, butterfly-style netminder affords snipers little space to shoot. And, with his sound positional play in the crease, seldom will you find the Tigers’ backstop out of place.

McGovern’s effort in the last two games against St. Seb’s even drew the praise of the opposing coach.

“He’s played really well this year,” McCann said. “We played them on Saturday and he was outstanding. He was so good today, so going down three-to-nothing, we were a little concerned about what we were going to be able to do.”

Recruiting Notes: Frenzy leading to Signing Day

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The second half of January featured a flurry of activity with regard to New England players committing to colleges. Some of the notable commitments:

Recruiting Notebook"Everett High School wide receiver/defensive back Jakarrie Washington to Wisconsin: Recruiting writers were scrambling last week when word leaked that Washington would be joining the Badgers, since he was relatively unknown outside of Massachusetts. He had no other scholarship offers at the time of his commitment. What Washington does have is speed. He has reportedly run the 40 in 4.4 seconds. He's also versatile. He caught 33 passes for 439 yards and nine touchdowns last season, when he also carried the ball 75 times for 697 yards and 15 touchdowns.

"St. John's Prep running back Alex Moore to Pennsylvania: Many thought Moore would join teammate Lucas Bavaro at Dartmouth, but he selected Penn – the first school to make him an offer. Moore, perhaps the best two-way player in Massachusetts last season, helped St. John's Prep win the EMass Division I Super Bowl and claimed the third annual ESPN Boston “Mr. Football” award, which is given annually to the best player in the state. Moore, who will likely play on the defensive side of the ball in college, made 67 tackles (five for loss), recorded four interceptions and forced four fumbles during his senior season. He also rushed for 857 yards and 14 touchdowns, and caught 20 passes for 455 yards and five touchdowns.

"Windsor (Conn.) defensive end Cole Ormsby to Connecticut: Ormsby committed to UMass in June, but switched that commitment last week. Ormsby led the state with 17 sacks last season, when Hand defeated Windsor 23-6 in the Class L championship game. He completed his senior season with 85 tackles.

SIGN HERE

Wednesday is National Signing Day, and ESPNU will have 10 hours of coverage beginning at 9 a.m. At least 17 of the nation's top uncommitted recruits are expected to announce their college decision live during the telecast. Rece Davis and Dari Nowkhah will host the coverage from Charlotte, N.C.

ESPNU will have reporters at the following schools: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Ohio State, Texas, Texas AM and USC. The station will also air a two-hour preview show on Tuesday beginning at 5 p.m.

THESE GUYS ARE COMMITTED

Nine of New England's top 10 recruits (as rated by ESPN) have verbally committed to college programs. Six of the 10 players are from Connecticut, and the four others are from Massachusetts. Here's where those players will be playing next season:

John Montelus, OG (Everett High School): Notre Dame
Maurice Hurst Jr., DT (Xaverian Brothers): Michigan
Tim Boyle, QB (Xavier): Boston College
Noel Thomas, ATH (St. Luke's): Connecticut
John Van Allen, OLB (Avon Old Farms): Harvard
Sadiq Olanrewaju, OT (Salisbury School): Virginia
Cory Jasudowich, ILB (Cheshire Academy): Connecticut
Tevin Montgomery, OT (Tabor Academy): Boston College
Jack McDonald, OG (BC High): Virginia.

Note: Thomas, who played for his father at St. Luke's in New Canaan, Conn., enrolled at UConn for the spring semester. Thomas played wide receiver, quarterback and running back in prep school, and finished his career with 4,888 yards of offense and 53 touchdowns. He is expected to play wide receiver in college.

BULLDOG MENTALITY

Michael Dulac, Vermont's Gatorade Player of the Year for the 2012 season, has committed to play for Division I Bryant University. The Bulldogs compete in the Northeast Conference.

Dulac, a 6-foot-3, 270-pound lineman, led Hartford High School (White River Jct.) to three consecutive Division I championships. He started on each side of the ball in all 43 games of his high school career.

Dulac reportedly had offers from eight schools, and selected Bryant over Dartmouth.

NEW HAMPSHIRE LANDS LINEBACKER

Proctor Academy fullback/linebacker Odaine Franklyn committed to the University of New Hampshire on Thursday.

Franklin made 48 tackles last season. He also rushed for 178 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries. Proctor finished the season with an 8-1 record.

Franklyn, who was recruited to play linebacker, was a three-year starter for White Plains (N.Y.) High School before he enrolled at Proctor Academy. He had scholarship offers from Akron and Albany coming out of high school.

Recruiting information regarding high school or prep school players in New England can be sent to Roger Brown at rbrown@nhfootballreport.com.
Valley Junior Warriors and former Malden Catholic standout center Ryan Fitzgerald leads the list of locals on the NHL Central Scouting's Midterm Rankings of North American skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft, which were released today.

Fitzgerald, who has 13 goals for 14 points for 27 points through 22 games with the Warriors, was ranked 46th on the list released Tuesday morning.

Here's the complete list of New England skaters making the grade:
46. Ryan Fitzgerald, C, Valley Jr. Warriors - EJHL (North Reading, Mass. - Malden Catholic)
79. Anthony Florentino, D, South Kent School
83. Zach Sanford, LW, Islanders - EJHL (Pinkerton Academy)
85. Tyler Hill, LW, Hotchkiss School
90. Jason Salvaggio, C/LW, South Kent School (Hanson, Mass. - Xaverian Brothers)
117. Brian Pinho, C, St. John's Prep
120. Eddie Ellis, LW, Phillips Andover (Burlington, Mass.)
121. Ross Olsson, RW, Lincoln - USHL (Billerica, Mass.)
125. Wiley Sherman, D, Hotchkiss School
133. Nick Hutchinson, C, Avon Old Farms
136. Ryan Segalla, D, Salisbury School
160. Quin Pompi, D, Berkshire School
163. Miles Wood, LW, Noble and Greenough
172. Daniel LaFontaine, C, Avon Old Farms
178. Connor Light, D, Phillips Andover
191. Mark Hamilton, D, Salisbury School
197. Tyler Wood, D, Noble and Greenough

Goaltenders:
34. Merrick Madsen, Proctor Academy
35. Shane Starrett, South Kent School (Bellingham, Mass. - Catholic Memorial)

Duxbury's Narlee commits to BU

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Former Duxbury High lacrosse standout Henry Narlee has committed to BU, joining its incoming class of 2014.

Narlee starred in football and lacrosse for the Dragons before enrolling at Avon Old Farms for his senior year. A midfielder by position, Narlee was also the Dragons' faceoff specialist.

During the summer he played for the 2014 AA Laxachusetts club team at the Brine Shootout, the N.E. Storm Tourney and King of the Hill in between resting shoulder injury. He scored the game-winning goal in three different games at the Brine Shootout.

Locals on NHL Central Scouting watch list

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The NHL players might be locked out, but we're peering into the future with the arrival of the NHL Central Scouting's watch list, identifying players to keep an eye on for the 2013 Draft.

Again, New England skaters abound on the list, with high schoolers to collegians with local roots making the grade on the bureau's initial scouting list.

Capping an already excellent week, St. John's Prep senior center Brian Pinho -- who just committed to Providence -- is the lone MIAA skater making the list this year.

Also from the local ponds, former Malden Catholic standout Ryan Fitzgerald, who will play with the EJHL's Valley Junior Warriors along with fellow watch lister Devin Tringale (Lawrence Academy), and Phillips Andover's Eddie Ellis made strong initial marks as each earned a B-grade. Former Billerica standout Ross Olsson, who will skate with the Lincoln Stars of the United State Hockey League this year, also was given a B-grade.

Here's how the locals broke down:

(For the entire list of North American skaters, click here.)

MASSACHUSETTS HIGH SCHOOLS
B SKATERS

Eddie Ellis (Burlington, Mass. - Harvard), LW, Phillips Andover, 6'1.75, 200

C SKATERS
Connor Brassard (Fitchburg, Mass.), D, Cushing Academy, 6'0.25, 176
Alexander Gonye, LW, Deerfield Academy, 6'1, 175
Brian Pinho (North Andover, Mass. - Providence College), C, St. John's Prep, 6'0.25, 171

C GOALTENDERS
Brendan McMenimen, G, Governor's Academy, 6'0, 196
Drew Michals, G, Lawrence Academy, 5'11.5, 162

CONNECTICUT HIGH SCHOOLS
B SKATERS

Tyler Hill, LW, Hotchkiss School, 6'5.75, 220

C SKATERS
Mitchell Allen, RW, Kent School, 6'2.25, 173
Anthony Florentino (West Roxbury, Mass. - Providence College), D, South Kent School, 6'0.5, 209
Daniel Lafontaine, C, Avon Old Farms, 5'10, 160
Jason Salvaggio, C/LW, South Kent School, 5'11.5, 187
Ryan Segalla, D, Salisbury, 6'0.75, 184
Wiley Sherman (Greenwich, Conn. - Harvard), D, Hotchkiss School, 6'6, 196

NEW HAMPSHIRE HIGH SCHOOLS
C GOALTENDERS

Merrick Madsen (Acton, Calif. - Harvard), G, Proctor Academy, 6'4.5, 177

EASTERN JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
B SKATERS
Ryan Fitzgerald, (North Reading, Mass. - Boston College), C, Valley Junior Warriors, 5'9.5, 168

C SKATERS
Joshua Couturier (Newbury, Mass. - Northeastern), D, Junior Bruins, 6'1, 166
Devin Tringale (Medford, Mass. - Harvard), LW, Valley Junior Warriors, 5'11.75, 193

UNITED STATES HOCKEY LEAGUE
B SKATERS

Ross Olsson (Billerica, Mass. - Northeastern), RW, Lincoln, 6'3.5, 202

COLLEGE SKATERS
EASTERN COLLEGE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

C SKATERS
Nicholas Bligh (Milton, Mass - South Shore Kings/Dexter/Milton), C, Dartmouth, 5'11.5, 175

HOCKEY EAST
C SKATERS

Cameron Darcy, (South Boston, Mass. - U.S. NTDP), C/RW, Northeastern, 6'0, 189
Frank Vatrano, (East Longmeadow, Mass. - U.S. NTDP), LW, Boston College, 5'10, 218

New Englanders fill up Power 100 ranking

August, 13, 2012
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An interesting read today by Inside Lacrosse's Geoff Shannon in the magazine's recruiting issue, ranking the 100 top incoming freshmen in the nation.

The New England region is well represented in the list with 15 players, including the top-rated overall prospect, attack Case Matheis of Darien, Conn., a Duke signee. In addition, there were four MIAA-based players in the rankings, led by ESPN Boston Mr. Lacrosse Max Randall of Duxbury (No. 50 - Dartmouth).

Here's how the locals ranked:

(The entire list can be found here.)

1. Case Matheis A Darien (Conn.) Duke
12. Mikey Morris A Salisbury School (Conn.) Johns Hopkins
17. Henry West M Darien (Conn.) Cornell
22. Ian Ardrey A Deerfield (Mass.) Harvard
23. Sammy Davis M Governor's Academy (Mass.) Penn State
29. Luke Aaron G Deerfield (Mass.) Duke
37. Tony Britton D Darien (Conn.) Cornell
39. Will Ryan G Avon Old Farms (Conn.) Johns Hopkins
50. Max Randall D Duxbury (Mass.) Dartmouth
65. Bob Fahey D Bishop Guertin (N.H.) UMass
75. Tommy Labidini M Salisbury School (Conn.) Loyola
77. Reilly Naton D Duxbury (Mass.) Yale
82. Paul Hellar A Duxbury (Mass.) Fairfield
90. Sean Connors A Deerfield (Mass.) Princeton
99. Greg Stamatov G Foxborough (Mass.) Villanova

All-American lacrosse rosters announced

May, 18, 2012
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Several Massachusetts-based lacrosse players, along with host New England talent, were named to the Under Armour All-American game's boys' and girls' rosters on Thursday.

Duxbury defender Max Randall and Beverly's Will Ryan, goaltender at Avon Old Farms (Conn.), will represent the Bay State on the North boys' roster. They will be joined by a talented trio from Darien (Conn.) representing New England, as Blue Wave defender Tony Britton, attack Case Matheis and midfielder Henry West all made the squad.

Also, Deerfield Academy goaltender Luke Aaron, a native of Great Falls, Va., will play with the South squad.

On the girls' side, Massachusetts is well represented with six players. Lincoln-Sudbury's Madison Acton, Thayer Academy's Bryn Boucher (Hningham) and Westwood's Laura McHoul will all patrol the midfield on the North roster while Andover's Anne Farnham and Needham's Tory Waldstein will bolster the defensive corps in front of Governor's Academy goaltender Kelsey Duryea (Beverly).

The Under Armour All-American game will be played at Johnny Unitas Stadium at Towson University in Towson, Md., on June 30. The girls’ All-American game will begin at 5 p.m. followed by the boys’ game at 8 p.m. The boys' game will be broadcast live on ESPNU at 8 p.m.

The complete game rosters can be found here.

Hingham's Weller commits to Vermont

January, 17, 2012
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Hingham's Karl Weller, a 2013 middie at Avon Old Farms, has verbally committed to play men's lacrosse at Vermont, ESPNHS lacrosse editor Mike Loveday reports.

Weller transferred to Avon from Hingham High at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, after leading the Harbormen to the Division 2 Eastern Mass semifinals in last year's MIAA tournament.

Avon Old Farms attackman Jack Burke, formerly of Lincoln-Sudbury, has committed to Washington College, per the Laxachusetts lacrosse club.

Also a former goaltender of the Warriors' hockey team, Burke will play both hockey and lacrosse in his junior year at Avon Old Farms.

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