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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

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.”

Boys' lacrosse All-Americans announced

June, 1, 2011
The Eastern Mass boys' lacrosse All-Americans along with Academic All-American honors were announced today.

The honorees, as selected by Massachusetts coaches through U.S. Lacrosse, the national governing body of the sport, are list below:

Mike Curley, Billerica, D, Sr. (Plymouth State)
Grant Whiteway, Billerica, A, Sr. (UMass)
Thomas Flibotte, Cohasset, M, Sr. (Deerfield)
Michael Anastos, Concord-Carlisle, D, Sr. (Dennison)
Billy Polk, Dover-Sherborn, M, Jr.
Jeff Williams, Dover-Sherborn, G, Sr. (St. Lawrence)
Bryan Barry, Duxbury, M, Sr. (Fairfield)
Kane Haffey, Duxbury, A, Sr. (Exexter Academy)
Pete Willauer, Duxbury, D, Sr. (Colby)
Kevin Blair, Hingham, A, Jr.
Eric Marcantonio, Lexington, D, Sr. (Laselle
Conor Hall, Lincoln-Sudbury, A, Sr. (Union)
John Powers, Marshfield, A, Sr. (Assumption)
Kurt Hunziker, Masconomet, M, Jr. (UMass)
Tim Towler, Masconomet, M, Jr.
Mark Riley, Needham, M, Jr.
Will Stenberg, Needham, A, Sr. (Albany)
Jimmy O’Connell, St. John’s Prep, M, Sr. (Trinity)
Kyle Guilbert, Walpole, A, Sr. (Merrimack)
Conor Darcey, Wellesley, G, Jr. (Penn State)
Sam Lawrence, Wellesley, M, Sr.

Calvin Williams, Wayland
Peter Trombly, Acton-Boxborough
Sean Carroll, Hull
John Carrier, Cohasset
Colin Clark, Marshfield
Daniel Cashman, Pentucket
Kevin Dunn, Pentucket
Benjamin Cook, Andover
Evan Katz, Hopkinton
Peter England, Milton
Conor Nugent, Framingham
Jay Rosenberg, Milton
Edan Lewis, Gloucester

No. 5 Marshfield stays perfect against Hingham

May, 23, 2011
MARSHFIELD, Mass. — It’s a question posed to just about every coach in every sport when their team carries an unblemished record this far into a season: Do you lose a meaningless late-season game or go for broke and attempt the undefeated season?

After the Marshfield boys' lacrosse team ran its record to a perfect 18-0 with two games to play thanks to a 12-8 win over Hingham (15-3) on Monday at the Paul Deftus Fields, Rams head coach Rick Bagby was quick to give his answer on the matter.

“People always say would you rather lose one to get the taste in your mouth, no thanks,” said Bagby. “I’ll take it to the last game of the season to Harvard. … We want to try to win every game. I have no interest in losing a game, so we will see.”

It’s easy to see why these balanced Rams have maneuvered their way through the schedule without a scratch on the record. Tyler Martina and John Powers both picked up four-goal games against Hingham, and the goal was well protected by a 17-save performance from Will Contento.

The Rams were out and running the first quarter with transition goals from Martina and Powers. Contento actually sparked the second goal of the game as he ran from his crease all the way to the Hingham net, fired a shot on Derek McInnis (28 saves) and Powers was there to scoop in the rebound.

But the Harbormen were able to slow down the runnin’ Rams and pick apart the defense to take a 5-4 lead going into the half. The Rams were also putting themselves in man-down situations because of over-aggressiveness, so Bagby had to reel in his bunch when the break came.

“We were playing emotionally, not with emotion,” said Bagby. “I said we can’t play this game emotionally. You got to play with emotion, but if you let the emotions take over then you are out of sync. They needed to channel their energy, settle down and play smart.”

Play smart is exactly what they did. Connor Bagby’s hustle in the Harbormen zone led to second possessions for the Rams and they were able to capitalize. Martina tied the game at 5 with 11:19 left to play in the third as he maneuvered his way through the middle to beat McInnis. Tyler Virtue scored his lone goal to give the Rams a lead for good with 10:13 to go and Powers scored two straight to pull away.

“They got on a run and they broke us,” said Hingham head coach John Todd. “That’s the spurt that they needed to kind of knock the wind out of us a little bit. We couldn’t dig back.”

The Harbormen did score the next two goals after the four-goal spurt, but the Rams got two goals from Martina in the fourth and tallies from Matt Entwistle and Mike Carbone to got on a 4-1 run to end the game.

“We just tried to get up quick and see where it took us,” said Martina. “We tried to keep the pressure on them and work their defense.”

Marshfield has tilts against Hanover and Plymouth North this week to try run the regular season to 20-0.

“Our main goal is a state championship against Duxbury,” said Powers. “We want them so bad.”

No. 14 Marshfield claims Chowda Cup tourney

April, 16, 2011
COHASSET, Mass. -- The Chowda Cup tournament will always be held close in the heart of Marshfield head coach Rick Bagby.

Four years ago, when Bagby was the head coach at Scituate, he teamed with Scituate native Bill Gray to put the two-day lacrosse tourney together to celebrate the memories of five players from Scituate and Cohasset who tragically passed away well before their time.

Former Cohasset players Bourke Corcoran and Justin Langham were both lost to car accidents in their youth, as was Scituate's Tim Mahoney. Former BC High players from the area P.J. Trendowicz and Ryan Flannery are also commemorated and played for both Bagby and former Cohasset coach Stew Curran when both coached the Eagles.

Fittingly, one of the tournament's founders was able to raise the championship trophy for the third time as a coach. Will Contento stopped 14 shots and was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament, while Ty Martina, Connor Bagby, John Powers and Matt Entwistle each scored two goals as No. 14 Marshfield defeated No. 12 Cohasset, 9-4, in the Chowda Cup final at Cohasset's Alumni Field.

"They were such great kids," said Coach Bagby of the five players in whose honor the tournament is held. "We had a speech before the first games and I told all four teams to play with a lot of pride and a lot of passion. Respect the game, respect your opponents, the referees, the coaches. That's how those kids played the game. I would do anything to have them back here with us. I get choked up talking about it. I miss those guys so much."

Marshfield (5-0) set the tone on defense, and with two starters out had to rely on reserves Brennan Quackenbush and Luke Cavallaro to fill those minutes alongside Ryan Connors, Jake Norris and Colin Clark.

Long stick midfielder Josh White played brilliantly within the confines of the Rams' "Tiger Zone" defense, shadowing Cohasset star and returning All-American Thomas Flibotte while his teammates stepped up to help with double and triple teams. A lot of the extra attention paid to Flibotte was because the Skippers were without do-it-all midfielder Kyle Livingstone, who suffered a broken thumb a week ago against Barnstable.

Behind them was Contento, a first-year starter playing in his biggest game thus far. The senior proved more than up to the task, joining his defensive mates in holding the Skippers scoreless in the first half.

"It was incredible. It's my first experience as a goalie in the Chowda Cup and I can't explain how good a feeling this is," Contento said. "My defense was incredible today. We were missing a couple of starters but I wasn't even worried going into the game because I knew those guys could step in and do what they did and they played incredible."

John McGoldrick scored twice for Cohasset, with Flibotte and Alex Evans getting the others.

"It's bittersweet because I coached with these guys last year," added Cohasset coach Thomas Flanagan, who was a Rams assistant after three years as the head coach at Norwell. "They came in and played hard. We had a couple of good looks in the beginning and we didn't score, and when they had their looks, they did score. That was the big difference."

In the consolation game, Sharp Jones scored four goals and freshman Jake Reynolds made 11 saves as Scituate (4-1) topped Catholic Memorial, 10-3. John Brown and Harold Gerbis each added a pair for the Sailors.

All-Tournament Team: Will Contento (MVP), Ty Martina, Connor Bagby, Josh White and Ryan Foohey (Marshfield); Sam Leahy, T.J. Bicknell, Thomas Flibotte and John McGoldrick (Cohasset); Tucker Ciessau, Lucas Barisano and Jake Reynolds (Scituate); Chris Ryan and Miles McCarthy (Catholic Memorial).