Boston High School: Conor O'Brien

The Hockomock League recently announced its boys' lacrosse All-Stars and season Most Valuable Player.

Here's a look at the list, courtesy of Ryan Lanigan and HockomockSports.com:

Editor's note: League all-star lists may be sent to editors Scott Barboza (sbarboza@espnboston.com) or Brendan Hall (bhall@espnboston.com).

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Pat Ward, Canton

ALL-STARS
Kurt Leavitt, Canton
Ben Lodge, Canton
J.C. Marcone, Canton
Conor O’Brien, Canton
Pat Ward, Canton
Tyler Ames, Foxborough
Alex Pacitti, Foxborough
Luc Valenza, Foxborough
Kyle Finamore, Franklin
Mike Patjane, Franklin
Jake Sargeant, Franklin
Mike Sullivan, Franklin
Connor Eshmann, King Philip
Brendan Murphy, Mansfield
Matt McIntire, Milford
Eric Overdahl, Milford
Josh Rosenblum, Sharon

Recap: Roxbury Latin 34, Thayer 33

September, 30, 2012
9/30/12
12:22
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WEST ROXBURY, Mass. -– The much-anticipated offensive battle between Roxbury Latin and Thayer exceeded all expectations as Roxbury Latin scored the final touchdown to defeat Thayer 34-33 on Saturday afternoon.

In a see-saw game that saw six ties or lead changes, it was Roxbury Latin (2-0) that made the key plays at the end of the game to earn their second win of the season.

Latin senior quarterback Mackay Lowrie completed 24-of-37 passes for 291 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Latin attack. The dual-threat quarterback with the big arm also picked his spots on the ground, as he picked up numerous first downs to keep the chains moving all afternoon.

Trailing 33-28, the Boston College-bound Lowrie led Latin down the field and concluded the come-from-behind drive by tossing his fifth touchdown pass of the day to his sophomore wide receiver brother, Sean.

“It is symbolic of our team,” Mackay Lowrie said regarding the final drive. “We are coming back and we are tough, all 45 guys. Everyone stepped up and everyone made a play. All eleven guys.”

The final 11-yard scoring strike was the Lowrie brother’s fourth touchdown connection of the day.

“This year he is stepping up big,” Mackay Lowrie said of his brother Sean. “He had about 180 (yards) last week and obviously he had a huge game this week.”

Trailing 34-33 with 3:52 remaining, Thayer junior quarterback Jack Becker led the Tigers down the field into Roxbury Latin territory.

Roxbury Latin defensive end Guy Green would then come up with the play of the game as the junior broke in from his left end position and sacked Becker. The sack also forced a fumble that defensive back Sean Frankenthaler would recover with 43 seconds remaining to seal the win.

Roxbury Latin head coach Pat Ross lauded Green after the game in the postgame huddle and presented him with the game ball for his efforts. Ross also stressed the importance of his team’s successful offensive rhythm throughout the day.

“We do everything out of the no-huddle and with the wrist bands so tempo is very important for us,” Ross said after the game.

It was another impressive offensive display by both teams on Saturday as Becker tossed two touchdowns for Thayer in defeat. He competed one to tight end Conor O’Brien in the first half on a beautiful 40-yard strike and another to star wide receiver Bryan Vieira in the second half for 12 yards. Vieira would also come up with a huge game-changing interception return for a touchdown in the final quarter, resulting in one of the six lead changes.

“We knew we were gong to have to score a lot of points,” Mackay Lowrie said. “We heard all week about their offense but we knew if we kept them contained and kept Bryan Vieira, who is a heck of a player, in check, we could do some things.”

Roxbury Latin got strong second half defensive efforts from defensive lineman Valentine Iwejuo and Mark Goldstein. Thayer received strong efforts from running back Mitchell Welsh (1 touchdown) and athlete Archi Jerome, who served at wideout, defensive back and kick returner.

Momentum Changer: Trailing 21-7 with 1:48 remaining in the first half Lowrie found his brother Sean for a 10-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 21-14.

On the following Thayer drive Roxbury Latin defensive back Sean Frankenthaler made an athletic interception on the sideline to set up another Lowrie to Lowrie touchdown connection. The touchdown tied the score at 21-21 at the half and gave Roxbury Latin the important momentum shift heading to the break.

Key injuries: Both teams lost key players during the game as Thayer senior running back Aaron Gilmer left in the second half with an injury after running for 85 yards and one touchdown in the first half.

Roxbury Latin also lost senior receiver Sean Myers with a leg injury after Myers started off the game strong with the opening touchdown reception.

ROXBURY LATIN 34, THAYER 33
RL (2-0) 7 – 14 – 7 -6 – 34
TA (0-2) 7 – 14 –6– 6 – 33


First Quarter
R – Sean Myers 8 pass from Mackay Lowrie (John Barron kick)
T – Conor O’Brien 40 pass from Jack Becker (Bryan Vieira kick)

Second Quarter
T – Aaron Gilmer 20 run (Vieira kick) T– Mitch Welsh 2 run (Harrison Balder kick)
R– Sean Lowrie 10 pass from Mackay Lowrie (Barron kick)
R– Sean Lowrie 34 pass from Mackay Lowrie (Barron kick)

Third Quarter
R– Sean Lowrie 8 pass from Mackay Lowrie (Barron kick)
T – Vieira 12 pass from Becker (kick failed)

Fourth Quarter
T – Viera 22 interception (pass failed)
R – Sean Lowrie 11 pass from Mackay Lowrie (rush failed)

Expectations high in 2012 for Thayer

September, 20, 2012
9/20/12
4:34
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BRAINTREE, Mass. -- Expectations for the 2012 season are high down in Braintree as Thayer Academy returns all but five players from last year’s team, including exciting and talented skilled position players led by senior wide receiver and defensive back Bryan Vieira and senior running back and defensive back Aaron Gilmer.

“All the players who scored touchdowns for us from last year are back,” head coach Jeff Toussaint said. “The five players we lost from last year’s team were very talented players but we return all of our skilled position players and we have a lot of offensive diversity.”

Vieira returns for his senior season as one of four quad-Captains along with Gilmer, offensive lineman Bryan Shoyer and tight end Ikenna Nwokeji. The talented wide receiver had 33 catches last season for 544 yards and seven touchdowns and Toussaint expects big things from his returning captain and all-ISL standout.

“He is not just fast but he has the ability to get up and grab the ball,” Toussaint said of Vieira. “He was a 6-8 high jumper last spring in track and he is also an excellent basketball player. He may be 6-foot-2 but he plays like he is 6-foot-8 out there. He is also one of the most competitive kids I have ever coached and his work ethic is contagious at practice.”

Competition in practice has been at an all-time high this fall as Thayer prepares for their first regular season game at Governor’s Academy this Saturday afternoon.

“There are a few positions up for grabs and the guys also want to get on the field so they have been competing. “It makes everyone better and gives them that edge out there. We have to actually temper it at times because we do not want to get anybody hurt.”

The player in charge of distributing the ball to the talented Thayer skill position players is junior quarterback Jack Becker. Becker completed 55 of 100 pass attempts last season for 844 yards and eight touchdowns. The 5-foot-10 inch signal caller from Hingham, Mass. drew the praise from his head coach as a leader who can make all the throws.

“He has an unbelievable field presence,” Toussaint said. “He has great command on the field and he is totally in charge of our offense. He knows how to change to get us out of stuff and adjust to defenses and on top of all that he has a great arm and is extremely accurate.”

THAYER ACADEMY AT A GLANCE
2011: 4-4
Coach: Jeff Toussaint (9th season, 32-32-1)
Key Returnees: Bryan Vieira, Sr. WR/DB, 6-2, 190 lbs.; Aaron Gilmer, Sr. RB/DB, 6-0, 185 lbs.; Bryan Shoyer, Sr. OL/DL, 6-1, 215 lbs.; Ikenna Nwokeji, Sr. TE/DE, 6-6, 245 lbs.; Jack Becker, Jr. QB, 5-10, 170 lbs.; Archi Jerome, Sr. WR/DB, 5-10, 175lbs.; Quentin Hall, Jr. OL/DL, 6-5, 285 lbs.; Brendan Ford, Jr. WR/DB, 6-0, 185lbs.
Strengths: Skill positions, team speed, and leadership.
Weaknesses: Experience at linebacker.
Outlook: Thayer, which last won the New England Championship and went to a Bowl game in 2005 under Toussaint, may have one of their most talented teams in recent memory. Along with the speed of Vieira, Gilmer, Jerome and others, Toussaint has a unique allotment of big and talented tight ends at his disposal in Nwokeji, junior Conor O’Brien (6-5, 185 bs,) and sophomore Brendan Muldoon (6-4, 200lbs.). “It gives us a lot of options offensively,” Toussaint said. “We can go to three or four wide and spread the field but we also can go with three tights and one wide receiver. It gives us all kinds of options, which is a nice luxury to have.” Thayer also returns all but one offensive lineman from last year’s team with junior Quentin Hall anchoring the group. “He has been starting for us since he was a freshman and I do not think you can find a better lineman in the league.” The strength and balance of the ISL this year is also something that Toussaint stressed when forecasting the 2012 season. “The league is so balanced this year that I think the winner could finish with a record of 6-2. Governor’s is at the top of that list after running the table last year and they have a lot of those kids coming back led by their incredible quarterback (Tate Jozokos). I think that we will be one of those teams in the mix if we can stay healthy.” Hard work, leadership and health are all major factors that have benefited the Thayer Academy pre-season as they prepare for regular season play this week. “The kids have played well in the pre-season and we are healthy, which is always important.” Toussaint said. “They have been incredibly dedicated this year in the offseason in the weight room, and organizing captains practices and camps. This group has done a great job in the pre-season practices and scrimmages and we are looking forward to the season.” Toussaint said.

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