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Our MIAA boys' lacrosse All-State team

June, 29, 2011
All-StateAttack - Kane Haffey, Duxbury
The Duxbury captain helped lead his team back to the top of Massachusetts’ Division 1 ranks, scoring six goals in the title game against St. John’s Prep. The All-American scored 43 goals with 18 assists this season and also helped Duxbury football to another Division 2A Super Championship in the fall. Haffey is headed to Phillips Exeter for a post-graduate year.

All-StateAttack – Connor Hall, Lincoln-Sudbury
The Warriors’ senior captain was named Dual County League Player of the Year after tallying 56 goals and 55 assists. The Eastern Mass. All-American was also named the Dual County League’s Player of the year and will attend Union College next year.

All-StateAttack – Will Stenberg, Needham
The two-time All-American finished his career with 432 points for the Rockets after posting 67 goals and 54 assists this season. Stenberg was also a three-time Eastern Mass. All-Star. The Rockets’ captain received Needham’s Leadership and Community Service award and will play lacrosse at SUNY-Albany.

All-StateAttack – Grant Whiteway, Billerica
The prolific Indians captain became one of just six high school players to ever crack the 500-point plateau, finishing with 539 points. Whiteway, a UMass-Amherst commit, also broke his single-season state scoring record (which he’d previously broken last year) with 182 points, including 116 goals, this year.

All-StateMidfield – Bryan Barry, Duxbury
The All-American wrapped up his senior season with 32 goals and 18 assists while helping the Dragons to their eighth state title in the last decade. Barry was also captain of Duxbury’s hockey team and will continue his lacrosse career at Fairfield next year.

All-StateMidfield – Thomas Flibotte, Cohasset
The two-time All-American finished his Skippers career with 285 points, including a 75-point season as a senior. Flibotte, who was also a standout on Cohasset’s football and wrestling teams, will play a prep lacrosse season with Deerfield Academy next year.

All-StateMidfield – Jimmy O’Connell, St. John’s Prep
The senior led the Eagles to their second straight D1 finals appearance, scoring 54 goals for 60 points. The National Honor student will attend Trinity College in the fall.
All-StateDefense – Michael Anastos, Concord-Carlisle
The All-American and three-year starter led the Patriots to a 20-2 season and an Eastern Mass. D2 finals appearance. The Patriots’ captain also served in the same role on C-C’s hockey team and was a DCL/MVC All-Star defenseman. The two-time Dual County League lacrosse all-star will attend Dennison University in the fall.

All-StateDefense – Peter Willauer, Duxbury
The senior captain and All-American built the foundation of the Dragons defense, leading Duxbury to its eighth state title in the last decade. The National Honor Society member will attend Colby College in the fall.
All-StateGoaltender – Connor Darcey, Wellesley
The junior All-American netminder led the Raiders to a 71.0 save percentage while being named the Bay State League’s MVP. The Penn State commit was also aggressive from the crease, scoring a goal and tallying and assist while scooping up 30 ground balls.

Attack – Kevin Blair, Hingham
Attack – Klye Guilbert, Walpole
Attack – Paul Hellar, Duxbury
Midfield – Sam Lawrence, Wellesley
Midfield – Billy Polk, Dover-Sherborn
Midfield – Kurt Hunziker, Masconomet
Midfield – Mark Riley, Needham
Defense – Mike Curley, Billerica
Defense - Eric Marcantonio, Lexington
Goaltender – Jeff Williams, Dover-Sherborn

Sam Aronson, G, Medfield
Seth Bird, A, Concord-Carlisle
Peter Crane, A, Wellesley
Ben Cook, D, Andover
P.J. Copponi, A, Dover-Sherborn
Dan Delaney, M, Lincoln-Sudbury
Jared Fong, G, Weston
Todd Galvin, A, BC High
Ty Martina, M, Marshfield
Nick Morello, A, Billerica
Connor Nugent, A, Framingham
Joey Pasquale, A, Weston
John Powers, A, Marshfield
Max Randall, D, Duxbury
Garrett Read, D, Medfield
Connor Roddy, A, Medfield
Jack Rodgers, G, Acton-Boxborough
Will Siefert, M, Duxbury
Cam Slatton, A, Billerica
Greg Stamatov, G, Foxborough
Paul Tocci, D, Lincoln-Sudbury
Tim Towler, M, Masconomet

Reilly Naton, Duxbury

BEST FOGO (Face-off, get-off)
Clay Richard, Medfield

Jim Wilcon, Weston

DANVERS, Mass. -- St. John’s Prep and Lincoln-Sudbury are no strangers to each other when it comes to the Division 1 boys’ lacrosse tournament.

Wednesday’s quarterfinal at the Prep marked the third straight season in which the teams had met in the playoffs.

Even though the regular season was a little different for each of the sides, as both had to claw their way into the tournament in the final weeks, they produced yet another memorable postseason match-up. The defending state champion Eagles and the upstart Warriors again didn’t disappoint.

But L-S found itself in an all too familiar situation as ninth-seeded Prep again put an end to the Warriors’ season with a 10-8win.

“We’re getting to know them pretty well just in terms of seeing them in the postseason the last few years,” Eagles head coach John Roy said after ousting L-S from the tournament for a third-straight year. “Coach [Brian] Vona’s an excellent coach. We had to completely disregard the game earlier this season. We knew that they were going to be prepared and fired up.”

After falling behind, 2-1, in the first quarter, Prep (13-7) came back to take the lead in the second with two goals from John Farrow within a two-minute span. The senior midfielder tallied two unassisted goals off the dodge.

But the Warriors (11-8) reclaimed the lead before the half. Dan Delaney ripped one from 20 yards out to tie the score before Reed Spencer provided L-S with a 4-3 lead with just over a minute remaining.

The Eagles controlled play for the majority of the third quarter, when they ripped off three straight goals from Colin Blackwell, Matt Scalise and Dan Mini to take a 6-4 lead.

It was then Vona made an adjustment to exploit a hole in Prep’s defense.

“They were coming cross-crease and we weren’t taking advantage of it in the first half and we told our kids what was there,” Vona said. “Again, it was a couple young kids who got it done.”

L-S had the cross-crease pass working on Connor Hall’s tally from Colby Hall with 1:16 remaining in the third. It also spilled over into the fourth with Henry Guild (2 goals) banking in a feed from Spencer (1 G, 2A). Connor Hall added his second goal of the game with 7:35 remaining to give the Warriors an 8-6 lead.

From there, Prep was the team making the adjustments and finding the high-quality scoring opportunities. That is despite having two of their top guns — Blackwell and senior midfielder Jimmy O’Connell — bottled up by the L-S defense.

“They were playing hard on Jimmy [O’Connell] and Colin [Blackwell],” Mini said, “so we had a few people step up, like Drew O’Connell and myself. It feels good. I’ve been working hard during the year.”

Mini scored two of his three goals in the fourth quarter, including the eventual game-winner which came on a feed from Scalise with 3:52 to play.

The contributions from a variety of sources made the victory all that much better

“We actually ran plays with different people at different positions yesterday because Colin [Blackwell is] usually behind [the cage], but he wasn’t able to do that,” said Scalise, who led all players with five points (3 G, 2A).

Those varied formations also saw Scalise with the ball on his stick in a pivotal moment.

While trying to hold on to their one-goal advantage and bleed the clock, Scalise provided a game-clinching goal with 46 seconds left. After making a successful defensive stand, Prep turned the attack up-field in transition with Scalise leading the charge. He made a mad dash toward the cage, before kicking back out and then finally beating his defender off the dodge. Scalise released his shot from 20 yards out and found nothing but twine for his third goal of the game.

“We’ve working really hard in practice and things seemed to click yesterday,” Scalise said. “Today, we started off slow and we couldn’t possess well, but the defense helped us out and made some big stops.”

The Eagles will now face fifth seed Needham in the D1 semifinal on Saturday.

On the other hand, for the Warriors, it was the ending to a promising season that saw their 11 underclassmen who saw the field Wednesday take big strides forward.

“Those are young kids and I’m really proud of they fought,” Vona said. “And that’s a testament to the seniors, too, because they played hard through it all. Our kids love each other and they play hard for each other.

“I’m proud of them. [The season] was an absolute success.”

L-S ends Marshfield's perfect season

June, 3, 2011

MARSHFIELD, Mass. –- In a tournament game between a No. 1 and a No. 17 seed, the thought of a blowout victory isn’t all that unbelievable.

However, during the third quarter of Friday’s Division 1 boys’ lacrosse first-round matchup between No. 1 Marshfield and No. 17 Lincoln-Sudbury, it was the underdog who was threatening to run away, taking a five-goal lead.

The previously undefeated Rams showed their mettle, pulling within two goals before the third was over. But undisciplined play and the relentless Warrior attack were simply too much for Marshfield to overcome and, in the end, L-S handed the Rams their first loss of the season in a 14-12 win.

“We’ve just had kids stepping up all the time [this season],” Warriors head coach Brian Vona said. “I’ve been coaching a long time, but it’s been amazing to see these kids step up.”

For most of the season, L-S (12-8) has been playing with up to eight sophomores and three freshmen. The Warriors have also battled injuries, loosing top offensive threat senior attack Marc Pace for the season.

Another of those players who missed time this season was midfielder Dan Delaney, who missed four games after sustaining injuries in a freak accident at church. The sophomore, like most of his underclassmen teammates, have had to carry a greater burden of the load for L-S.

But things might be coming together at the right time.

Delaney helped spearhead the Warriors’ offensive explosion against Marshfield (20-1), scoring three goals and adding six assists. Meanwhile, senior captain Connor Hall scored five goals (four of which came in the first half) to go along with an assist and senior midfielder Dylan Pike had a four-point game with a pair of goals and assists. Freshman Colby Hall chipped in two goals, as did sophomore midfielder Henry Guild.

“We knew they ran a zone, so we would kind of spread it out, and look for the open man,” Delaney said. “And I just saw my guys open.”

L-S took a 6-5 lead into halftime and started to pour in on during the third quarter, when the Rams were whistled for 11 penalties. Using three of their man-up situations to their advantage, the Warriors widened their lead to five scores.

“They really out-disciplined us,” Marshfield head coach Rick Bagby said.

However, the Rams showed the resiliency that had carried them through a perfect regular season scoring three goals in just over a minute to reduce the deficit to two goals.

Ryan Connors popped in two unassisted goals and Connor Bagby scored with an assist from Matt Entwhistle.

The Warriors pushed the lead back to three with Colby Hall’s with eight seconds remaining in the third.

L-S held on despite surrendering four goals – two each from Mike Carbone and John Powers – in the fourth while receiving two goals from Pike and Delaney capping the evening with his hat trick tally.

“Coming into this game, we thought rankings didn’t matter, we were just going to play another team and play our game,” Delaney said.

The Warriors will face the winner of tomorrow’s first-round game between Framingham and St. John’s Prep in the quarterfinal on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Rams are left to wonder what could’ve gone differently.

“The seniors were such a special group,” Bagby said. “They’ve been together … since about the third grade they’ve been playing together. It’s going to be hard to replicate that group.”