Boston High School: Kyle Soroka

ESPN Boston boys' lacrosse All-State team

June, 25, 2012
All-StateG - Doug Gouchoe, Sr., Concord-Carlisle
The Air Force-bound goalie backstopped the Patriots to their fourth state title and an undefeated season. The Eastern Mass. All-American recorded a .682 save percentage this season.
All-StateD - Max Randall, Sr., Duxbury
A true shut-down defender, the 5-foot-10 pole always drew the matchup of the opposing team’s top offensive threat. Randall, who will continue his lacrosse career at Dartmouth College next season, was named an Eastern Mass. All-American and also earned ESPN Boston All-State football consideration as a linebacker on the Dragons’ repeat Super Bowl title squad.

All-StateLSM - James Burke, Sr., Duxbury
One of the most dynamic talents in the state, the Penn State-bound long-stick did a little bit of everything for the Dragons, from winning ground balls off the wing on faceoffs to providing hounding defense. An Eastern Mass. All-American, Burke was also an ESPN Boston All-State football defensive team selection on.

All-StateLSM - Ryan Cassidy, Sr., Wellesley
Leading one of the state’s top defensive units, Cassidy led the Raiders to the Division 2 EMass finals at Harvard Stadium. On the season, the Amherst College-bound long-stick collected 175 ground balls.
All-StateLSM - Reilly Naton, Sr., Duxbury
Paired on the wing with Burke on Duxbury’s face-off set, the Yale commit was one of the state’s best players during the last couple of years. In addition to winning three state titles with the Dragons, Naton was also a starting safety on two Duxbury Super Bowl title-winning football teams.

All-StateM - Kurt Hunziker, Sr., Masconomet
One of the most physically intimidating forces in the state, the 6-foot-3 linebacker/tight end/midfielder extraordinaire was a force. Hunziker, a UMass-Amherst signee, earned back-to-back Eastern Mass. All-American nods in his junior and senior seasons.
All-StateM - Billy Polk, Sr., Dover-Sherborn
Among the top faceoff men in the state, the two-time All-American was also a scoring threat for the first-time Division 3 state champions. Also a multi-sport athlete, Polk plans to play both football and lacrosse at Colby College.
All-StateM - Kyle Soroka, Sr., Acton-Boxborough
A key element to the Colonials rise to prominence in the Dual County League this season. The Middlebury-bound middie was named an All-American after scoring 30 goals with 39 assists.
All-StateA - Kevin Blair, Sr., Hingham
A two-time Eastern Mass. All-American, Blair has been one of the most feared scorers in the state and was an ESPN Boston All-State second-teamer last season. Blair, who finished with over 100 points on the season, will attend Providence College next year.
All-StateA - Paul Hellar, Sr., Duxbury
While Duxbury’s defense got most of the headlines, Hellar proved the Dragons could score in bunches as well. The All-American was the fulcrum of the Duxbury attack and has signed a Letter of Intent to play at Fairfield University.
All-StateA - Nico Panepinto, Jr., Needham
The Fairfield commit showed why he was one of the most dynamic attacks in the state during the Rockets’ state final tilt with Duxbury. The All-American tallied 54 goals with 30 assists on the season.
All-StateFaceoff specialist – Henry Narlee, Jr., Duxbury
Ask any member of Duxbury’s coaching staff or its players and they’ll tell you their ninth state title in the last decade started at the faceoff X with Narlee. The midfielder won a high percentage of his draws and was more than capable of finishing on the rush as well.

Second Team
G - Connor Darcey, Sr., Wellesley
G - Jared Fong, Sr., Weston
G - Greg Stamatov, Sr., Foxborough
D - Matt O'Keefe, Sr., Duxbury
LSM - John Sexton, Soph., Lincoln-Sudbury
M - Henry Guild, Jr., Lincoln-Sudbury
M - Mark Riley, Sr., Needham
M - Chris Williams, Sr., Duxbury
A - Tucker Ciessau, Jr., Scituate
A - Jay Drapeau, Soph., Wesford Academy
A - Ben Melaugh, Sr., Billerica
Faceoff specialist – Clay Richard, Sr., Medfield

Best of the Rest - Honorable Mention
Henry Bumpus, Sr. D, Concord-Carlisle
Henry Buonagurio, Sr. G, Duxbury
Cody Carbone, Sr. A, North Reading
Matt Comerford, Jr. G, Reading
Jeff Desko, Sr. A, St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
Jackson Finigan, Sr. M, Concord-Carlisle
Conor Healy, Sr. A, Algonquin
Stephen Iodice, Sr. D, Weston
Cam Joyce, Sr. A, Archbishop Williams
Matt McIver, Sr. A, Andover
Tyler McKelvie, Sr. A, Acton-Boxborough
Cabot Noyce, Sr. A, Norwell
Joey Pasquale, Sr. A, Weston
D.J. Smith, Jr. G, Billerica
Tom Stanton, Sr. M, Catholic Memorial
Ian Yanulis, Jr. D, BC High

Coach of the Year
Tom Dalicandro, Concord-Carlisle

D1 boys' lax: BC High 12, A-B 8

June, 7, 2012
ACTON, Mass. -- The magical ride continued on Wednesday for No. 10 seed BC High as it defeated second-seeded Acton-Boxborough, 12-8, in an MIAA Division 1 quarterfinal game Wednesday.

BC High has now won 12 of their last 13 games after starting the season 1-7 and have neutralized two of the state’s top offenses in the post-season in Westford Academy and Acton-Boxborough.

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Ryan Kilian/ESPNBoston.comCorey Davidson scored eight goals in BC High's win.
“We have played 21 games and 19 have been against tournament teams,” BC High head coach Ted Bibeau said. “Every team we have played has been tough competition. It would have been really easy for our kids to quit after starting 1-7 but they came to work every week and got better and better. I am just thrilled to be in the final four right now.”

BC High received one of the best individual performances of the 2012 season from midfielder Corey Davidson. The senior scored eight goals and added one assist for BC High in the win.

“Corey was an absolute beast,” Bibeau said. “I am just thrilled for him. For him to make plays like he did today on a big stage like this was just huge.”

Davidson converted on 8 of 13 shots on the day and was all over the field on offense, defense and on ground balls.

“I just went where I saw the openings and it worked well today,” said the humble Davidson.

A-B (16-4) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead as All-American attack Tyler McKelvie found the back of the net at the 10:34 mark in the opening quarter. BC High (13-8) would follow McKelvie’s goal by scoring seven of the games next eight goals to take a 7-2 lead into the halftime break.

The combination of Davidson’s dodging and converting and BC High’s strong 6-on-6 defense were the key factors in the first half. Davidson scored six of BC High’s seven first half goals with the other coming from a dodge and rip from senior midfielder Barrett Coholan.

“Corey [Davidson] is a great player,” BC goalie Jonathan Barton said. “He has those days like today when he plays lights out and today was one of those.”

Barton (10 saves) and the defense also played disciplined, sound defense and did not allow many early opportunities for A-B.

“Keegan (Hayes), Ian (Yanulis), Aidan (Keohane) and Jimmy (Moynahan) all have my back all the way,” Barton said.” If we stop teams in transition and they get them into a 6-on-6 I think we can run with anyone.”

A-B came out of the half with renewed energy as they got quick goals from Thomas Cotter and Casey Frank to cut the lead to three goals with seven minutes remaining in the third quarter. BC High would then answer those goals with two of their own as Coholan added his second score on a man-up strike and Yanulis would go coast to coast with the long pole to add the other.

BC High would lead 10-4 at the end of three quarters and hold on for the 12-8 victory despite A-B never giving in and playing all the way to the final horn.

McKelvie (4 G), Kyle Soroka (2G) and Andrew Loblundo (1G) all played well offensively for A-B who end their season with a 16-4 overall record.

Final Four Bound: BC High advances to the D1 semifinal (Final Four) and will travel to take on Needham on Friday at 4 p.m.

Needham defeated Masconomet 9-8 on Wednesday. This is the second consecutive year that Needham has defeated Masconomet to advance to the semifinals.

“We have just been on a roll and it feels awesome,” Davidson said. “To be honest when we started our season (1-7) I did not know if we would be here today. Our coaches just do a great job and they will have us ready for Needham on Saturday.”

Boys' lacrosse All-Americans announced

May, 29, 2012
The 2012 boys' lacrosse Eastern Mass. High School All-American team was released Monday morning by the Eastern Mass. Lacrosse Coaches Association.

Also included was the list of senior Acacemic All-Americans.

Here is the All-Americans list, which will be forward to U.S. Lacrosse:

Doug Gouchoe, Sr. G, Concord-Carlisle
Connor Darcey, Sr. G, Wellesley
Kurt Hunzinger, Sr. M, Masconomet
Kevin Blair, Sr. A, Hingham
Paul Hellar, Sr. A, Duxbury
James Burke, Sr. D, Duxbury
Max Randall, Sr. D, Duxbury
Matt O'Keefe, Sr. D, Duxbury
Nico Panepinto, Jr. A, Needham
Tucker Ciessau, Jr. A, Scituate
Ben MeLaugh, Sr. A, Billerica
Bill Polk, Sr. M, Dover-Sherborn
Henry Bumpus, Sr. D, Concord-Carlisle
Ryan Cassidy, Sr. LSM, Wellesley
Greg Stamatov, Sr. G, Foxborough
Kyle Soroka, Sr. M, Acton-Boxborough
Tom Stanton, Sr. M, Catholic Memorial
D.J. Smith, Jr. G, Billerica
John Sexton, So. D, Lincoln-Sudbury
Jay Drapeau, So. A, Westford Academy
Cabot Noyce, Sr. A, Norwell
Matt Comeford, Jr. G, Reading
Matt McIver, Sr. A, Andover
Alex Eaton, Sr. M, Westford Academy
Tyler McKelvie, Sr. A, Acton-Boxborough
Henry Guild, Jr. M, Lincoln-Sudbury
Mark Riley , Sr. M, Needham
Chris Williams, Sr. M , Duxbury
Ian Yanulis, Jr. D, BC High

Academic All-American Team
Benjamin Newbert, Dover-Sherborn
Mitchell Maffeo, Masconomet
Wellesley Shrewsbury, Masconomet
Jacob Sherman, Newton North
Peter Trombly, Acton-Boxborough
Jacob Saccorso, Foxborough
Stephen O'Grady, North Andover
Miles McCarthy, Catholic Memorial
Jonathan Lee, Hopkinton
Mark Palermo, Lowell
Colton Williamson, North Attleborough
Oliver Gregory, Marblehead
James Moynahan, BC High
Branden Morin, Bridgewater-Raynham

Recap: No. 9 A-B 15, No. 3 L-S 9

May, 10, 2012
ACTON, Mass. --- The Dual County League Large awarded tri-champions last year as Westford Academy, Lincoln-Sudbury and Acton-Boxborough all shared the honor at the top. This year may prove to be the much of the same as A-B defeated L-S 15-9 on Thursday night to lock the three teams up at the top once again in one of the most completive leagues in Massachusetts.

A-B (11-3) led 5-4 at the half in a back and forth beginning that featured strong goalie play from L-S senior Dan Shaughnessy and A-B junior Rick Kronnenwett.

With under a minute to go in the half Kronnenwett made two big saves for the Colonials on a scoring bid from L-S junior midfielder Dan Delaney. The saves helped preserve the lead and momentum for A-B at the half.

“Rick has been great,” said Acton-Boxborough head coach Pat Ammendolia. “We inserted him midway through the year and he has really stepped up. His legs and feet are swollen with ball marks from saves and he has been just doing a great job for us.”

A-B midfielder Joe Cormier (two goals, assist) won the opening face-off of the second half and teammate Kyle Soroka (three goals, three assists) beat his man in transition and scored the opening goal at the 11:26 mark to give the Colonials a two goal lead. The 6-4 lead was the largest lead of the game to date for either team.

Soroka would come back and score again at the 8:48 mark in the third, followed by a tally from Cormier to give A-B an 8-4 lead midway through the third quarter.

L-S would battle back and score two man-up goals to cut the deficit to 8-6 but it would be all A-B from there on out in the third as they would take an 11-7 to the final quarter.

“It was infectious,” Ammendolia said. “One guy will make a great play and then another guy will make a great play and it snowballs. I thought we played a little timid in the first half but we came out and scored one right away and I thought that broke our hesitance.”

A-B would control the possessions and add four more goals in the final quarter to seal the win and create balanced chaos at the top of the DCL Large once again this season.

Despite the loss L-S (9-5) remains one of the most dangerous teams in Division 1 as they boast one of the state’s top young, explosive rosters.

Delaney led the Warriors in scoring on the night as the Fairfield commit scored two goals to go along with one assist. Sophomore midfielder Greg Roder also added two goals for L-S in the loss.

McKelvie Scores: Tyler McKelvie’s six goals earned the senior one of three game balls presented by Coach Ammendolia at the end of the game. (The other two went to Soroka and Kronnenwett ).

McKelvie proved that he did not need much room on the evening to get his shot off and also proved efficient burying six goals with three coming in each half.

“We were fired up to play them,” said McKelvie. “We lost in overtime the first time and clearing killed us. This time we cleaned it up and just did our jobs.”

The senior sniper also scored six goals in A-B’s 19-9 win over Westford Academy last week and leads the Colonials in scoring with 46 goals and 10 assists on the season.

Improved Clearing: The knock on A-B this season has been their struggle in the clearing game. L-S really took advantage of A-B in that department when the two teams met at the beginning of the season in a 14-13 overtime win for the Warriors.

Despite the occasional lapse on Thursday night it is evident that A-B has definitely improved their clearing game and looked fast in transition and composed off of saves.

“I would not say that we clear every day at practice but we do on most days,” Ammendolia explained. “They have been getting better and it is a credit to the kids. I just guide them and it all comes with their hard work at practice.”

Right Time to Be Hot: A-B has now won 10 out of their last 11 games after starting the season 1-2. They have defeated ESPN Boston Top 25 teams Weston, Westford Academy and L-S soundly over the past week and only lost to No. 2 ranked Concord-Carlisle by one goal, 8-7, at the end of the game.

“I think we are a lot more calm and comfortable with the offense and with our off hands,” McKelvie said. “It is nice to just go out there and play.”

Preseason MIAA boys' lacrosse All-State team

April, 2, 2012
The high school lacrosse season kicks off this week for many top teams across the state.

Here is our preseason MIAA boys' lacrosse All-State team, as compiled by staff and correspondents.

Kevin Blair, Sr., Hingham
Peter Crane, Sr., Wellesley
Seamus Connelly, Sr., Duxbury
Jeff Desko, Sr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
Jackson Finigan, Sr., Concord-Carlisle
Paul Hellar, Sr., Duxbury
Matt McIver, Sr., Andover
Cabot Noyce, Sr. , Norwell
Nico Panepinto, Jr., Needham
Joey Pasquale, Sr., Weston
Connor Roddy, Sr., Medfield
Cam Slatton, Sr., Billerica

Dan Delaney, Jr., Lincoln-Sudbury
Alex Eaton, Sr., Westford Academy
Kurt Hunziker, Sr., Masconomet
Jonathan Lee, Sr., Hopkinton
Kyle Livingstone, Sr., Cohasset
Drew O’Connell, Soph., St. John's Prep
Billy Polk, Sr., Dover-Sherborn
Mark Riley, Sr., Needham
Oliver Saffery, Sr., Wellesley
Kyle Soroka, Sr., Acton-Boxborough
Tim Towler, Sr., Masconomet

Clay Richard, Sr., Medfield

Long Stick Middies:
James Burke, Sr., Duxbury
Reilly Naton, Sr., Duxbury

Henry Bumpus, Sr., Concord-Carlisle
Ryan Cassidy, Sr., Wellesley
Pat Hannigan, Sr., Hanover
Jay McDermott, Sr., Duxbury
Nate Menninger, Sr., Newton North
Matt O’Keefe, Sr., Duxbury
Max Randall, Sr., Duxbury
Paul Tocci, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury
Brian Uva, Jr., St. John's Prep
Ian Yanulis, Jr., BC High

Jonathan Barton, Sr., BC High
Henry Buonagurio, Sr., Duxbury
Connor Darcey, Sr., Wellesley
Jared Fong, Sr., Weston
Doug Gouchoe, Sr., Concord-Carlisle
Miles McCarthy, Sr., Catholic Memorial
D.J. Smith, Jr., Billerica
Greg Stamatov, Sr., Foxborough

Lacrosse commitments keep coming

July, 22, 2011
Two more members of the Top Gun Lacrosse club have announced their commitments.

Acton-Boxborough midfielder Kyle Soroka (2012) has verballed to Middlebury while Lowell defender Matt Gorski ('12) joins Wakefield's Michael Dellanno as the second Fighting Clam to commit to Eastern Connecticut State this summer.