Boston High School: Garrett Read

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

Medfield cruises its way back to D2 EMass Final

June, 10, 2011
FOXBORO, Mass. –- Once again, the Medfield High boys’ lacrosse team showed why being the No. 9 seed in the Division 2 East Tournament is one of life's great mysteries.

After beating top-seeded Wellesley, 7-5, in the quarterfinals, defending state champion Medfield made short work of No. 4 Foxborough on Friday by cruising –- and that’s the operative verb –- to an 11-5 victory in a semifinal game.

“I don’t have a problem with the seeding formula or our seed,” Medfield head coach Bob Aronson said. “We had a bunch of losses (Medfield’s now 15-7). Many teams had better records overall than we did. Some of the teams we beat didn’t make the tournament which they typically do.

“You could say there are some flaws in it but I’m not dissatisfied. But in the end, the best team will be standing. If that’s us, then maybe we had a tough road to get there. We did what we had to do."

What Medfield did in this game was torch a Foxborough team that held two of its previous tournament opponents to a grand total of one goal. And it also made life miserable for goalie Greg Stamatov (10 saves), who was voted the Hockomock League’s MVP.

As a result, Medfield advanced to the division finals where it will play No. 2 Concord-Carlisle, at 5:30 p.m. on June 14 at Harvard Stadium.

Medfield’s offense was led by David Parsons (three goals), Connor Roddy (one goal, two assists) and Chris Diana (two goals). But as Foxboro coach Matt Noone emphasized, the play of Medfield goalie Sam Aronson (14 saves) and the team’s overall defense was key to the outcome.

“From the tape, it was shoot low, shoot low, shoot low,” Noone said of Foxboro’s strategy against Sam Aronson. “They’re very effective on their defense. Their goalie is very good and that was the difference today.

“They possessed the ball. They played better defense and their goalie was outstanding.”

Coach Aronson didn’t hesitate when discussing the effectiveness of his defense.

“Cam Donnelly, our long-stick middie, had a great game,” he said. “I thought Garrett Read had a tough matchup with a big, strong guy (attack Connor Whalen) and I think he did a nice job on him. He had one assist in the whole game.”

One could make a case that the “whole game” boiled down to the first quarter –- the first 7-1/2 minutes, to be precise.

Medfield bolted to a 3-0 lead during that span on goals by Matt Crowell, Roddy and Diana.

And if Foxboro (19-4) didn’t score on a shot off the stick of Jake Hyland with a nano-second left in the first quarter, Medfield would have led 6-0 at halftime.

“We did have a good lead,” coach Aronson said. “They’re a good team. They’re good in transition. Their goalie’s good and we certainly couldn’t stop at that. We had to keep pressing.

“We gave up an easy one toward the end of the first period. It was our fault. The goal counted and it should have counted. We just stopped playing with three or four second to go, and they took advantage of that. That’s a mental mistake we need to clean up.”

Medfield definitely “cleaned up” any mental mistakes in the fourth quarter which began with it leading 7-3.

After Medfield’s Peter Gill (during a man-advantage situation) and Hyland traded goals, the visitors really broke it open on an unassisted goal by Andrew Melvin and a superb goal by Diana with 4:51 left on the clock.

Diana, a junior middie, stole the ball, raced in on Stamatov and scored for a 10-5 lead.

Despite the loss, Noone readily noted his program has come a long way in a short period of time.

“This team made history this year,” Noone said. “We made it to the semifinals (for the first time) and the program’s barely nine years old. I told them what they’ve done for this town, what they’ve done for the youth program … they gave us something to believe in.

“They gave us something to be proud of. I can’t tell you how many kids are very happy that they live in this town and that they’re going to play lacrosse on the Foxboro Warrior lacrosse team. It’s a sad day to see it end. But what a ride it was.”

A ride that, unfortunately for Foxborough, will continue for Medfield.