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MVC announces lacrosse all-stars

May, 27, 2011
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The Merrimack Valley Conference has unveiled its boys and girls lacrosse All-Conference and All-Star teams, as well as their Players and Coaches of the Year. Below are the All-Conference teams:

BOYS

ATTACK
Grant Whiteway, Billerica
Cam Slatton, Billerica
Matt McIver, Andover
Ben Melaugh, Billerica

MIDFIELD
Ross Murphy, Billerica
Nick Price, Andover
Nick Morello, Billerica
Ian Abrahamson, Billerica
Mike Conlon, Dracut
Ryan Forgione, Central Catholic
Tim Oteri, Andover

DEFENSE
Andrew Basler, Chelmsford
Mike Curley, Billerica
Ben Cook, Andover
Tom McLaughlin, Billerica

UTILITY
Nathaniel Vasquez, Haverhill

GOALIE
Crosby Nicholson, Andover
D.J. Smith, Billerica

Division 1 Player of the Year: Grant Whiteway, Billerica
Division 2 Player of the Year: Nathaniel Vasquez, Haverhill
Division 1 Coach of the Year: Craig Flynn, Billerica
Division 2 Coach of the Year: Dan O'Brien, Dracut
Assistant Coach of the Year: Sean Donahue, Lowell
Man of the Year: Grant Whiteway Jr., Billerica
Sportsmanship Award: Rory Fuller, Dracut

GIRLS

ALL-CONFERENCE
Christine Keenan, Sr., Central Catholic
Erin Masucci, Sr., Central Catholic
Mary Foggo, Jr., Central Catholic
Stefani Vadeboncouer, Sr., Haverhill
Molly Gleason, Sr., Haverhill
Nicole Devoe, Sr., Tewksbury
Casey Brown, Sr., Lowell
Grace Politis, Sr., Billerica
Kelly Pickett, Sr., Chelmsford
Johannah Cramer, Jr., Chelmsford
Meaghan Tuttle, Sr., Chelmsford
Emily Shields, Sr., Andover
Meghan Morris, Sr., Andover
Kate Farnham, Jr., Andover
Anne Farnham, Jr., Andover
Ally Fazio, Jr., Andover
Sara Miller, Sr., Andover
Kelsey Joaquin, Sr., Dracut

Division 1 Player of the Year: Jen Caro, Sr., Andover
Division 2 Player of the Year: Courtney O'Neil, Sr., Central Catholic
Coach of the Year: Phil Rowley, Central Catholic
Sportsmanship Award: Haverhill


LOWELL, Mass. -- You couldn’t draw it up any better.

Teetering on the brink of history, Billerica attack Grant Whiteway entered Friday night’s game with Andover just shy of 500 for his career.

After an eight-point outburst in a win against St. John’s Prep on Wednesday, he stood at 499 and the only question on everybody’s mind was when and how it was going to come.

It was the foremost thought of Grant’s father, Grant II, who paced the sideline, as he always does, in his duty as an assistant coach of the Indians. The game was the final in a full day of Merrimack Valley Conference lacrosse in Lowell and the Indians played under the lights of Cawley Stadium. There was a sizable crowd, which included grade school-aged players from the town youth league, which Grant II created. Most of the children had “500” painted on their cheeks with green paint.

It nearly came several minutes in when Whiteway whizzed one of wide of Andover goaltender Crosby Nicholson. The set play had Whiteway, who typically fires off shots in excess of 90 miles per hour, with a clean look at the cage from 20 yards out, only to rip it wide right.

It finally came four and a half minutes in.

Of course, it was a goal.

“It was relief to get it over with,” Whiteway said after Billerica’s 12-2 win.

With the goal, Whiteway became the sixth high school player in the nation to have reached the 500-point plateau. He joins North Andover’s Jimmy Connolly and Duxbury’s Max Quinzani as the third player from Massachusetts to accomplish the feat.

They’re exclusive company with whom Whiteway is familiar.

“He was a ball boy for Jimmy Connolly and Max Quinzani,” the elder Whiteway said, alluding to the travel team he coached. “He always saw how hard those guys worked off the field.”

Whiteway’s milestone is as much a credit to his family’s roots in the game. Grant II played at UMass-Lowell before he started Billerica’s youth league. Grant III's oldest sister, Jamie, went on to play at UMass-Amherst (where he will go on to play next year) before finishing her career at Merrimack. His middle sister, Brittany, plays at Southern New Hampshire. His youngest sister, Lindsay, is a sophomore at Billerica and a budding star of the girls’ lacrosse team.

It all traces back to the Whiteway’s front yard, where you can often find the siblings throwing the ball around with dad.

“We make sure we’re in the front yard, so the dogs don’t bite us,” Grant II said, adding the family’s English bulldog has a taste for lacrosse balls.

Friday night went about as well as could be scripted.

With the convincing win, the third-ranked Indians claimed another MVC Large division title. Whiteway finished the night with four goals and an assist to raise his career total to 504. Junior attacks Ben Melaugh and Cam Slatton each had four-point games. D.J. Smith was again strong in the cage and Billerica head coach Craig Flynn noted the performances of defenders Ian Abrahamson, Mike Curley and Tommy McLaughlin.

When Whiteway tallied No. 500, the game was stopped and Whiteway was presented a commemorative plaque by Flynn and his father. His teammates flanked him for a photo as the crowd cheered.

“He was born to play Billerica lacrosse,” Flynn said of Whiteway. “He’s the most prolific player in the state. What he did reaching that 500-point milestone, it’s not only great for him, but it’s great for the whole community of Billerica, too. It’s such a big thing.

“There are only three guys in the state who have reached 500 points and now he’s up on the pedestal with those guys.”

And the timing couldn’t have been better.

“I wanted to try to do it last game [against Prep], but it didn’t happen,” the junior Whiteway said. “It was good to do it tonight, we had more people to see it here.”



DANVERS, Mass. -- Grant Whiteway was oblivious to the fact he was closing in on yet another milestone.

While it came as a surprise to the decorated Billerica lacrosse attack — who set the Massachusetts single-season goals and points records last season — Whiteway entered Wednesday’s game at No. 16 St. John’s Prep nine points shy of 500 for his career.

“Did I hit it?” Whiteway shot back when asked if he knew about the impending achievement.

Not quite. But Whiteway and his mates put on quite a show in an emphatic 13-6 win over the Eagles.

The UMass commit tallied an eight-point game with four goals and four assists, meaning Whiteway will likely hit No. 500 during Friday’s Merrimack Valley Conference test against No. 14 Andover.

When he hits 500, Whiteway will join an exclusive club of five previous high school players nationwide to earn the distinction. He will not be the only Massachusetts native represented. Duxbury legend Max Quinzani — whom Whiteway dethroned last year while setting the state single-season marks — is the nation’s all-time leading scorer with 577 points.

“He’s a special player,” Indians head coach Craig Flynn said of Whiteway. “Guys like him don’t come around that often. Once he gets the ball in his hands, it’s exciting to watch.”

Aside from history, No. 3 Billerica (15-2) set out to avenge last year’s drubbing at the hands of Prep (7-7) on its march to the state Division 1 title.

Although things were all even, 3-3, after the first quarter, the Indians began to separate in the second. Then Billerica kicked off a parade of nine straight goals that stretched from the 7:12 mark of the second until the Eagles’ next marker with 1:56 remaining in the game.

The ever-potent Indians offense flexed its muscle with attack Nick Morello netting four goals, while Cam Slatton (3G, 2A) and Ben Melaugh (2G, 2A) also got in on the fray.

However, the most significant change to the game’s complexion started in Billerica’s defensive end.

“Defensively, it’s just playing solid team defense,” Flynn said. “D.J. Smith came up huge in goal for us and made some big saves for us. If we get the ball on offense, we know we can find the net, it’s just a matter of getting the ball down there.”

Indians longstick Ian Abrahamson turned in a strong game, devouring ground balls and setting up the transition game.

“The offense was moving really good,” Whiteway said. “We had a lot of transition that was good. The way we were going on offense, we felt like we could pretty much run anything.”

Billerica still has other impending business to take care of against Andover on Friday. That’s securing the MVC Large title.

Then, there’s the matter of No. 500.

But even after his latest performance, Whiteway had just one thing on his mind — his cell phone.

He hid his mobile in his sneaker to avoid getting it wet in the rain. But, as he changed out of his game cleats, he realized water had still seeped through.

“I should’ve wrapped my jacket around it,” Whiteway said while stuffing the phone into his sock.

Then, from out of his other sneaker, he pulled an iPod, which he then slid into his right sock.

Surprises? The kid's full of them.

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