Boston High School: Max Randall

New Englanders fill up Power 100 ranking

August, 13, 2012
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An interesting read today by Inside Lacrosse's Geoff Shannon in the magazine's recruiting issue, ranking the 100 top incoming freshmen in the nation.

The New England region is well represented in the list with 15 players, including the top-rated overall prospect, attack Case Matheis of Darien, Conn., a Duke signee. In addition, there were four MIAA-based players in the rankings, led by ESPN Boston Mr. Lacrosse Max Randall of Duxbury (No. 50 - Dartmouth).

Here's how the locals ranked:

(The entire list can be found here.)

1. Case Matheis A Darien (Conn.) Duke
12. Mikey Morris A Salisbury School (Conn.) Johns Hopkins
17. Henry West M Darien (Conn.) Cornell
22. Ian Ardrey A Deerfield (Mass.) Harvard
23. Sammy Davis M Governor's Academy (Mass.) Penn State
29. Luke Aaron G Deerfield (Mass.) Duke
37. Tony Britton D Darien (Conn.) Cornell
39. Will Ryan G Avon Old Farms (Conn.) Johns Hopkins
50. Max Randall D Duxbury (Mass.) Dartmouth
65. Bob Fahey D Bishop Guertin (N.H.) UMass
75. Tommy Labidini M Salisbury School (Conn.) Loyola
77. Reilly Naton D Duxbury (Mass.) Yale
82. Paul Hellar A Duxbury (Mass.) Fairfield
90. Sean Connors A Deerfield (Mass.) Princeton
99. Greg Stamatov G Foxborough (Mass.) Villanova

Duxbury No. 14 in final FAB 50 lax poll

June, 27, 2012
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ESPNHS released its final Powerade FAB 50 boys' lacrosse poll today and MIAA Division 1 state champion Duxbury closed out the year in the top 20.

After starting the season just outside the top 10, the Dragons wound up at No. 14 in the poll, the lone Massachusetts entrant, after claiming their ninth state title in the last decade.

Here's what the lacrosse rankings crew, headed up by the impeccable Mike Loveday and Tom Peace, had to say on Duxbury's season:
"The Dragons finished 2012 as the Division I state champions after defeating Needham 10-8. Duxbury played a tough schedule this season and posted two wins over Top 25 teams. Eight players from the senior class are heading to play D-I lacrosse, including the Boston Herald's Co-Players of the Year Max Randall and James Burke. Two juniors, C.J. Loconte and Jay Walsh, have already committed to play D-I and will return in 2013."

Even though they were unable to crack the final poll, the Massachusetts Div. 1 runner-up Needham Rockets were the only other Bay State side receiving votes.

Also representing New England in the poll was Darien, Conn., which finished at No. 21. The Green Wave defeated New Canaan, 11-5, to claim the Class M championship. New Canaan also recieved votes in the final poll.

ESPN Boston boys' lacrosse All-State team

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FIRST TEAM
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

Duxbury's Randall is ESPN Boston Mr. Lacrosse

June, 25, 2012
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ESPNBoston.com and its high school section announced today that Max Randall, senior defenseman of the Duxbury Green Dragons, is the recipient of its second annual “Mr. Lacrosse” award, presented annually to the top player in Massachusetts.

The Mr. Lacrosse winner was chosen by a panel of experts made up of ESPNBoston.com staff, correspondents and state lacrosse coaches. Randall will be presented with the award at a later date.

“What makes Max Randall so great is that you hardly ever notice him on the lacrosse field, unless you’re paying close attention,” said ESPN Boston High Schools co-editor Scott Barboza, who coordinates the site’s boys’ lacrosse coverage. “Game after game, Randall would systematically take out the opposing team’s top offensive player with little fanfare. That’s exactly why he’s our Mr. Lacrosse this year.”

After playing alongside a bevy of fellow Division 1 college recruits on the Duxbury defense, Randall will play at Dartmouth College next season. The 5-foot-10 close defender was a three-time Patriot League lacrosse All-Star while being named to both the ESPN Boston football (Best of the Rest selection) and lacrosse (First Team) All-State teams as a senior. He also earned an Eastern Mass. lacrosse All-American nod this season.

During his athletic career at Duxbury, Randall was a part of three Dragons’ lacrosse state titles while winning Super Bowls with the football team in both 2010 and 2011.

“Randall has been a terrific role model to future players and his peers,” Barboza said. “Not only has he excelled in multiple sports at a high level, he’s also served as captain in his time with the football and lacrosse teams and maintained a high GPA in the classroom. We’re proud to honor Max as this year’s award recipient for his accomplishments both on and off the field.”


DUXBURY, Mass. -- Tight-knit. It’s a codeword for Duxbury lacrosse members.

It’s always slipped into conversation during any of the Dragons’ postgame interviews, a way of showing no team member is above another. Often a teammate will walk past another midsentence and it is uttered again.

After Duxbury advanced to its 11th straight state final with an 18-6 thumping of No. 4 seed Lincoln-Sudbury in Saturday’s semifinal, the Dragons showed strength throughout their ranks. No one player stood above the others as they turned in perhaps their most complete effort of the season – a quintessentially Duxbury performance.

“It started with the faceoffs with Henry [Narlee] and our two wing guys, Reilly [Naton] and James [Burke],” Duxbury head coach Chris Sweet said, going down the roster. “Our attack did a phenomenal job controlling the ball, being patient, but at the same time, being aggressive. And our defense just clamped down, they’re fun to watch. And Bongo [goaltender Henry Buonagurio] came up with some huge saves, highlight saves.”

The Dragons (22-2) traded salvos with L-S (16-6) through the first quarter, but built an 8-3 lead by the half.

While the Warriors hung around in a mostly competitive first half, Duxbury turned the complexion of the match with a seven-goal outburst in the third. Spurred on by a string of eight straight face-off wins by Narlee, the Dragons continued to pour it on.

And the offense was well-distributed with Seamus Connelly, Cam Mullins and Narlee tallying hat tricks. Seven Duxbury players finished with 3-or-more points on the game. Long-stick midfielders, Burke and Naton, continued their ground ball dominance as both collected a team-high six. The defensive trio of Jay McDermott, Matt O’Keefe and Max Randall were impeccable as always, and Buonagurio made several high-difficulty saves.

In all, there wasn’t a lot of fault to go around.

“The guys on the field got it done today, they made very few mistakes,” Sweet said. “From day one, we talk about that we’re going to come out and work hard in order to get better each day. And today was an indication of just that.”

The Dragons look for their ninth state title Wednesday against Needham. Faceoff at Harvard Stadium is scheduled for 7:45 p.m.

LAST GO-ROUND
For Duxbury’s seniors, Saturday was a bittersweet occasion, as they played their final home game.

“That’s what I was thinking about the whole time,” Mullins said. “This was going to be my last time on this turf. I had to go out with my all.”

Mullins responded with two big first-half goals before notching the hat trick as part of Duxbury’s third-quarter barrage.

“He’s one of the hardest workers on the team, if not the hardest worker,” Sweet said of Mullins. “I’m just happy for Cam that he can cap off his last game on this field with a hat trick.”

Even though he’ll never play again in front of the home crowd, Mullins was looking forward to yet another trip to another patch of hallowed ground.

“We call it our home away from home,” Mullins said of Harvard Stadium. “It’s just nice having that experience behind us. We’ve been playing together since we were in probably second grade, so it’s a nice little group of guys we have going on.”

Boys' lacrosse All-Americans announced

May, 29, 2012
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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. 1 Duxbury 6, Bp. Guertin (N.H.) 5

May, 23, 2012
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WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Over the past six years, Duxbury has found itself a great opponent for the final game of the regular season in perennial New Hampshire power Bishop Guertin.

All but one of the six meetings have been highly competitive, and Tuesday afternoon saw the two squads put together a defensive masterpiece. All six starting long poles and three long-stick midfielder's on each side are committed to play at the Division 1 college level next spring, and they were the key factors for the majority of this interstate showdown.

Ultimately, a three-goal spurt midway through the fourth quarter decided it as top-ranked Duxbury rallied from a 5-3 deficit to take a 6-5 triumph over the Cardinals at Babson College's MacDowell Field.

"It felt like we were playing Garden City's defense there," Sweet laughed when asked about the high level of defense. "[Bishop Guertin] were tough to beat one on one, they played great team defense, they packed it in and they got key goaltending. That's a good formula for keeping the score down. It was a great high school lacrosse game and it could have gone either way. I'm glad that we had that little run and were able to get some key defensive stops at the end."

The Cardinals (15-3) tried to break open what was a 3-3 game when Tommy Vailas made a beautiful alley-dodge to free himself up for a goal late in the third, then opened the fourth with a nice rip down near the baseline by Luke Roever.

The way Guertin was playing defensively, it was going to prove difficult for the Dragons to make one of their patented runs, but sure enough, they did exactly that. In an extra-man situation, Will Siefert fed Seamus Connelly down low and the big attackman used a great stick fake to pull Cardinals goalie Colin Dulea out of position for a score.

Henry Narlee won the next faceoff and James Burke swooped in on the ground ball, as he has done all season, and fed Siefert for an easy look in transition to tie the game. Just over a minute later, Sam Sweet produced a tremendous individual effort to get free and set up Jack Sullivan for a goal that not only put Duxbury in the lead for the first time, but also held up as the game-winner.

"We were just moving around on the crease and my guy slid early and went to Sam and he just made a great look in the crease," described Sullivan. "It was kind of nerve wracking on the crease with the ball. We worked hard, we're a fourth quarter team and we gave it our all at the end. Narlee did great on the faceoffs, won those three in a row to get us those three goals."

BIG MAN GOES OFF ON THE BIG STAGE
It seemed the like the impressive size of the Guertin poles fed right into the best aspects of Seamus Connelly's game. The 6-foot-2, 200-plus pound Duke commit was able to body up against the Cardinals poles and use his exceptionally talented hands to rifle shots home to the tune of a four-goal game.

He even showed a little of his flashy side, using a nice stick fake where it looked as though he would shoot behind his head, then whipped the ball around from the front on the first score of the Dragons' game-deciding run.

"Shay [Connelly] played great today," praised Sweet. "He played with some energy, he played smart and he hit his shots. Lacrosse is funny. You can have great players out there and its really a game of matchups. They were a little bit slow to slide to him on those goals and they paid a price for it and Seamus stuck his shots. It was awesome. He played a great game."

Added Connelly, "One of our things is to keep believing. We knew we could pull it out. We've been down a lot in games and we've always come back. It's just a matter of our seniors looking each other in the eye and knowing we could do it. Our offense was really helping me get the space I needed to shoot. It was the kind of day where it was my turn to shoot. Any other day it could have been Sief or Sammy or anybody else."

DEFENSE STEALS THE SHOW
Connelly popped in the second of his four goals with 24 seconds remaining in the second quarter and the game ended up tied, 2-2, at the half. Fans who weren't at the game might look at that score and say, "Good thing I didn't go. Must have been a boring game."

Not even close. You missed brilliance on display.

The fans who did make the trek to Babson College saw two defenses playing at the highest of levels a pair of New England high school teams are capable of. We've come to expect this from the Dragons, who have been all year long by close defenders Max Randall (Dartmouth commit), Matt O'Keefe (Johns Hopkins) and Jay McDermott (Syracuse), as well as lethal LSMs Reilly Naton (Yale) and James Burke (Penn State).

For perhaps the first time all season, aside from Garden City and Irondequoit, the Dragons met their match in the defensive zone. The Cardinals are led by long poles Bob Fahey and Kyle Karaska, both of whom are UMass-commits, and LSM Jay Krzyston (R.I.T.).

That unit was able to force turnovers, bad shots, and keep Duxbury's transition opportunities to a minimum for all but that two-minute stretch in the fourth.

"I have so much confidence in those kids," praised Guertin coach Chris Cameron. "They've been with me for four years and I know what they can do. They play against top-notch caliber all summer. We try to get them as many competitive games as possible so I knew that at this level of play they could handle their attack."

All-American lacrosse rosters announced

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Several Massachusetts-based lacrosse players, along with host New England talent, were named to the Under Armour All-American game's boys' and girls' rosters on Thursday.

Duxbury defender Max Randall and Beverly's Will Ryan, goaltender at Avon Old Farms (Conn.), will represent the Bay State on the North boys' roster. They will be joined by a talented trio from Darien (Conn.) representing New England, as Blue Wave defender Tony Britton, attack Case Matheis and midfielder Henry West all made the squad.

Also, Deerfield Academy goaltender Luke Aaron, a native of Great Falls, Va., will play with the South squad.

On the girls' side, Massachusetts is well represented with six players. Lincoln-Sudbury's Madison Acton, Thayer Academy's Bryn Boucher (Hningham) and Westwood's Laura McHoul will all patrol the midfield on the North roster while Andover's Anne Farnham and Needham's Tory Waldstein will bolster the defensive corps in front of Governor's Academy goaltender Kelsey Duryea (Beverly).

The Under Armour All-American game will be played at Johnny Unitas Stadium at Towson University in Towson, Md., on June 30. The girls’ All-American game will begin at 5 p.m. followed by the boys’ game at 8 p.m. The boys' game will be broadcast live on ESPNU at 8 p.m.

The complete game rosters can be found here.
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Jim Tarbox for ESPNBoston.comDuxbury goaltender Henry Buonagurio was a bright spot for the Dragons with 11 saves in a loss to New York power Irondequoit on Saturday.
DUXBURY, Mass. -- It was what you’d expect from two of the top lacrosse programs in the nation, with top-notch defense and big-time goaltending.

Then again, it wasn’t (i.e. offense was something to be desired).

As MIAA lacrosse top dog Duxbury squared off against New York power Irondequoit Saturday, the two ESPNHS FAB 50 squads showed how they are built from the back end out. The result was a tightly played game with a score that resembled more of a baseball game than a lacrosse match.

Irondequoit escaped their Bay State journey with a 4-3 win over the Dragons despite being shut out in the second half.

The margin of victory largely was indicative of the fact that the Eagles (5-0) converted on more of their early chances than did the Dragons (2-1).

“We struggled to score,” Duxbury head coach Chris Sweet said. “But that’s a high-powered offense on the other side and they struggled to score, too. It’s unusual, a 4-3 game.”

For a game where both sides’ defensive units outplayed their offensive group, both teams were off and running during the fourth minute of play.

Nick Doktor put the Eagles to the first lead of the game on a dodge, only to see Duxbury attack Paul Hellar tie the score 22 seconds later.

The Dragons were able to bounce back again when Gunnar Miller notched his first of two goals with 5:32 remaining in the first. Duxbury’s Sam Sweet countered with the first of his two tallies less than a minute later with an assist from Andrew Buron.

Irondequoit rallied for two goals in the second quarter. Connor Enright showed off his quick hands, pulling in a pass from Doktor at the top of the crease, going across his body and beat Dragons goaltender Henry Buonagurio (11 saves). Miller then score what held up as the game-winner with 5:55 remaining in the first half.

“We finished our shots early, we were ready to go and I think everybody was on the same page and working really well together,” Irondequoit head coach Craig Whipple said. “But I think you saw Duxbury keep working during the game and they got to an area where they were doing the same thing and battled back to make it a one-goal game in the end.”

Duxbury cut the lead to one on Sam Sweet’s second of the game in the third quarter, with Hellar picking up his second point of the game on the assist.

The Dragons had several prolonged possessions in the latter stages of the third and into the fourth. Still, Duxbury looked out of sorts at times offensively and saw a string of blocked or missed shots fail to hit their mark. Whatever else made its way through to the cage was gobbled up by Eagles netminder Eric Fischer (10 saves).

AGAINST THE DRAGONS’ FIRE
Whipple and his Irondequoit squad knew what they were getting into on Saturday, having faced the Dragons in each of the last three season.

Duxbury claimed the teams’ previous two meetings.

“Duxbury’s known for their defense and I think our defense play up to that task,” Whipple said. “They had multiple possessions of long, three- to four-minute possessions on offense, but I think our talk, our discipline and really Eric Fischer from the goal did an outstanding job making the saves he needed to make.”

Even in defeat, the Dragons showed their defensive mettle with strong games from longsticks Jay McDermott, Matt O’Keefe and Max Randall, as well as some sensational play from Buonagurio in net, particularly during a five-save third quarter.

… WITH THAT BEING SAID
Duxbury’s offense struggled some — particularly in the second quarter — getting clean looks at the cage. Some of that was to be attributed by a fleet-footed Eagles defense, but part of it was also of the Dragons’ own doing.

“As the season goes on, shooting gets better, offensive movement gets better and our stick work gets better,” Chris Sweet said. “We were pretty stagnant, but a lot of that was that Irondequoit is such a good team that they took a lot of that away.

“On any day, we need to bring out A-game to beat Irondequoit, but today, we were maybe a B-plus.”

Preseason MIAA boys' lacrosse All-State team

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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 ESPNBoston.com staff and correspondents.

Attackmen:
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

Midfielders:
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

FOGO:
Clay Richard, Sr., Medfield

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

Defensemen:
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

Goaltenders:
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

MHSFCA unveils 'Super 26' All-State Team

December, 29, 2011
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The Massachusetts High School Football Coaches' Association unveiled its annual "Super 26" All-State Team today. Those honored will be presented this spring at Lantana's Restaurant, in Randolph.

Below are the selections. Italicized names indicate they were also a selection to ESPN Boston's MIAA All-State Team.

OFFENSE

Quarterback
Jonathan DiBiaso, Everett
Cam McLevedge, Weymouth
Matt Montalto, Dennis-Yarmouth

Receivers
Armani Reeves, Catholic Memorial
Don Webber, Duxbury

Offensive Line
Brendan Melanson, St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
Dan McCourt, Pembroke
Jameson McShea, BC High
Andrew VanderWilden, Concord-Carlisle
Chad Woodfine, Chicopee

Running Back
Sacoy Malone, Springfield Central
Quinton Perkins, Fitchburg
Melquawn Pickney, Springfield Putnam

DEFENSE

Defensive Line/Linebacker
Henry Bumpus, Concord-Carlisle
Nick DiChiara, BB&N
Tim Joy, Chelmsford
Vondell Langston, Everett
Max Randall, Duxbury
Zack Schafer, Mansfield
Nick Schlatz, Bridgewater-Raynham
Will Twyman, Lincoln-Sudbury
Camren Williams, Catholic Memorial

Secondary
Todd Collier, St. Mary’s (Lynn)
Jack Connolly, St. Sebastian’s
Joe Epps, Bourne
Charles Ruffin, King Philip

ESPN Boston MIAA football All-State team

December, 6, 2011
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OFFENSE
QB – Jonathan DiBiaso, Sr., Everett
Statistically the state’s best all-time quarterback, the ESPN Boston Mr. Football recipient finishes his storied career in Everett as the state’s all-time leader in touchdown passes (103) and passing yards (7,052). This season he broke his own state single-season record for TD passes (44), and threw for over 2,800 yards. In the last two seasons alone, both perfect Super Bowl-winning campaigns, he threw for 87 touchdown passes to better the previous state all-time mark of 85. DiBiaso is undecided on college plans.

QB – Matt O’Keefe, Sr., Duxbury
In his first season as the full-time starter under center, the Johns Hopkins lacrosse commit was a finalist for ESPN Boston’s Mr. Football award. The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder totaled nearly 3,000 yards from scrimmage, throwing for 2,321 yards, rushing for another 670, and totaling 39 scores. O’Keefe, a defender for the defending Division 1 state champion Dragons, is currently ranked as the No. 32 overall lacrosse player in the Class of 2012 by ESPNU.

QB – Matt Montalto, Sr., Dennis-Yarmouth
The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder led the Dolphins to their best season in school history, finishing a perfect 13-0 campaign by winning the Division 2A Super Bowl title – their first championship of any kind in the Super Bowl era. For the season he completed 61 percent of his passes for 2,065 yards and 25 touchdowns to just seven interceptions. He also carried 134 times for 1,219 yards and 16 more scores. Montalto is fielding various college interest, including, New Hampshire, Albany, Colgate, Brown, Sacred Heart and Bentley.

QB – Michael Walsh, Sr., Swampscott
The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder was a force on both sides of the ball for the 9-2 Big Blue, completing nearly 60 percent of his passes for 2,129 yards and 25 touchdowns to go along with 930 rushing yards and 13 more scores. Defensively, he totaled 47 tackles from the free safety position, forcing three fumbles and making two interceptions. Walsh will continue his career next fall at Brown as a safety.

RB – Melquawn Pinkney, Sr., Springfield Putnam
The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Mr. Football finalist ended his career with the Beavers in record-breaking fashion. With 341 rushing yards and two touchdowns in 48-6 win over Commerce for the Division 2 Super Bowl title, Pinkney broek Cedric Washington’s 15-year-old state all-time record for single-season yardage (2,889), and set the new state single-season mark for rushing touchdowns (43). Earlier in the season, Pinkney set a Western Mass single-game record with 421 rushing yards in a win over Agawam. For the season, he averaged 8.4 yards a carry. Pinkney is currently undecided on college plans.

RB – Sacoy Malone, Sr., Springfield Central
Both Malone and his cross-town foil Pinkney eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark on the season, as the Eagles returned to the Western Mass. Division 1 Super Bowl for the second straight year. On the season, Malone had 257 carries for 2,001 yards and 22 touchdowns; since the start of the 2010 season, he’s accumulated over 3,200 yards and 35 touchdowns. The 5-foot-8, 175-pound Malone is currently fielding interest from several Division 1 FCS schools.

RB – George Craan, Sr., Concord-Carlisle
Craan, the reigning Dual County League MVP, was the catalyst for the Patriots’ historic Super Bowl-winning season. He followed up a 1,900-yard junior season with just as explosive numbers in 2011, carrying 220 times for 1,761 yards and 24 touchdowns, as the Patriots went 13-0. The 5-foot-10, 205-pound Craan is currently undecided on college plans.

RB – Charles Ruffin, Sr., King Philip
The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder is the second Warrior in four seasons to capture Hockomock League Offensive Player of the Year honors. On the season he amassed over 1,300 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns, and led the Warriors to their first postseason berth of the Super Bowl era. Ruffin, who also stars in lacrosse and track and field, is currently fielding interest from several Division 1 schools.

TE – Mark Riley, Sr., Needham
One of several All-Staters previously known most for their lacrosse exploits, the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder was a force to be reckoned with for the 9-4 Rockets. Utilized as both a receiver and tight end, Riley caught 72 balls for 1,266 yards and a school record 15 touchdowns. He is currently undecided on college plans, but fielding Division 1 interest in lacrosse.

TE – Jameson McShea, Sr., BC High
The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Temple commit didn’t put up eye-opening numbers in the passing game, but his support in the running game was without peer as he helped paved the way for both Preston Cooper and Deontae Ramey-Doe. As a defensive end, he recorded 68 tackles (12 for loss) and was named the Catholic Conference’s Lineman of the Year.

WR – Khary Bailey-Smith, Sr., Weymouth
One of the state’s best deep-ball threats, the 6-foot-3, 185-pounder tallied 936 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns for the 9-2 Wildcats this fall. Since the start of his junior season, Bailey-Smith has caught over 2,000 yards and 27 touchdowns. He is also a state champion in track and field, having cleared 6-foot-10 in the high jump. Bailey-Smith is fielding interest from Division 1 schools.

WR – Gordon McLeod, Sr., BC High
One of the most versatile threats on the Eagles’ Division 1 Super Bowl champion squad, McLeod was one of the leading receivers in Eastern Mass., with 755 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns as they captured their second title in four seasons.


WR – Don Webber, Sr., Duxbury
Considered one of the state’s best route-runners, the 5-foot-11, 180-pounder was the 13-0 Dragons’ most dangerous weapon in space. Webber led the team with 52 receptions for 776 yards and 11 touchdowns, as the Dragons won a second consecutive Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium and extended the state’s longest winning streak to 26 games. Webber is leaning towards the Ivy League for college plans.

WR – Malcolm Brown, Sr., Pope John XXIII
Statistically, the 6-foot-1 Brown graduates from the Everett campus as one of the state’s most decorated receivers of all-time. This fall he caught 71 passes to set school records of 1,306 yards and 20 touchdowns, both tops in the state. He also racked up 918 return yards and three touchdowns, ran for 328 yards, and threw for another 267. Defensively, he recorded 65 tackles (10 for loss) and three interceptions, including a pick-six. For his career, he has 192 receptions for 3,447 yards and 44 touchdowns, and 56 total scores. Brown currently has interest from schools in the Northeast-10 and MEAC conferences.

OL – Andrew VanderWilden, Sr., Concord-Carlisle
At 6-foot and 245 pounds, VanderWilden was arguably one of the most efficient pound-for-pound centers in the state. He led a Patriots rushing attack that racked up 53 touchdowns and nearly 3,000 yards the ground, part of one of the state’s highest scoring averages (35.4). VanderWilden, a two-time Dual County League Lineman of the Year, will continue his career at Brown next fall.

OL – Keith Sullivan, Sr., Oliver Ames
The 6-foot-9, 300-pounder was arguably the most crucial two-way player for the Tigers’ historic run, winning their first Hockomock title since 1964 and qualifying for their first championship game of the Super Bowl era. Sullivan is currently undecided on college plans, but fielding Division 1 interest.


OL – John Montelus, Jr., Everett
DiBiaso’s blind side is quickly rising as one of New England’s top Class of 2013 prospects. The last two seasons the 6-foot-4, 290-pounder has allowed DiBiaso to throw 87 touchdown passes and keep his jersey clean. Montelus received four offers before his 16th birthday this fall, and counts UConn, Syracuse, NC State, Virginia and Boston College.

OL – Gordon Acha, Sr., Duxbury
Acha, the Dragons’ left tackle, was named ESPN Boston’s inaugural Lineman of the Year this week after helping pave the way to a second straight 13-0 season. The Dragons averaged 302 yards of offense and had 36 touchdown passes. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Acha is currently fielding interest from Division 1 schools, including Boston College and Maryland.

OL – Rob Kosharek, Jr., Duxbury
Together with Acha, the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Kosharek created one of the state’s best tandems on the left side of the 13-0 Dragons’ line. Behind Kosharek at left guard, the Dragons won their second straight Division 2 Super Bowl title and rang their winning streak up to a state-best 26 games.


ATH – Geeavontie Griffith, Sr., Boston Cathedral
The 12-1 Panthers experienced one of the state’s most dramatic turnarounds under first-year head coach Duane Sigsbury, and leading the charges was Griffith. The 5-foot-7, 175-pound Randolph native carried 152 times for 2,244 yards and 29 touchdowns, as the Panthers advanced to the Division 4A Super Bowl. He is currently undecided on college plans.

ATH – Armani Reeves, Sr., Catholic Memorial
Don’t let the Mr. Football finalist’s limited touches fool you. Reeves, a Penn State commit and the state’s No. 1 overall prospect, was electric practically every time he touched the ball. He ran for 1,001 yards on just 46 touches, caught another 205, and returned a punt for a touchdown to total 15 scores for the 7-2 Knights. That averages out to almost a touchdown every three touches.

K – Jules Murphy, Sr., Xaverian
Murphy has been known to regularly hit from 40 yards and further, and while he didn’t have many opportunities this season, he was a near-perfect 27-of-28 on extra points. Murphy is undecided on college plans.


DEFENSE
DL – Ralph Jonathas, Sr., Everett

The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder was a mainstay of the Crimson Tide's back-to-back Super Bowl championship teams and a defense that allowed just over 12 points per game this season. Jonathas has received interest from multiple Division 1 programs, but is undecided on college plans.


DL – Brendan Battles, Sr., Nauset
At 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, the UConn commit was one of the most feared defensive presences in the state. But the bruising lineman also did double time, serving as the play-caller in Nauset's single wing offense, paving the way as the lead blocker out of the backfield. Battles also won the Division 1 and All-State wrestling crowns in the 215-pound divsion, advancing to the New England finals.

DL – Maurice Hurst Jr., Jr., Xaverian
The 6-foot-2, 275-pound defensive tackle was a physical presence in the middle of the Hawks defense. Hurst finished the season with 61 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. Hurst also showed off his athleticism in one of the more improbable performances of the season, rushing for over 200 yards in the Hawks' win over St. John's of Shrewsbury, including an awe-inspiring 75-yard touchdown run.

DL – Henry Bumpus, Sr., Concord-Carlisle
The 6-foot-6, 218-pound defensive end was one of the more imposing physical presences in the state, as well as an important part of C-C's rushing attack at tight end. The senior captain helped to guide the Patriots to a Division 3 Super Bowl championship. A feared rusher off the edge, Bumpus finished with 9.5 sacks and 66 tackles. He also nabbed four interceptions on the season. Bumpus will attend Brown University next year.

LB – Tim Joy, Sr., Chelmsford
The Boston College-bound 'backer was the heart and soul of the Lions defense, leading the team with 155 tackles, including eight for a loss and three sacks. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder also had an interception in addition to three passes defensed. Joy was also a steady contributor to Chelmsford's offense, as a punishing lead blocker at full back in front of running back Eddie Sheridan.

LB – Luke Catarius, Jr., BC High
The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder lead the Eagles in tackles, despite playing 10 regular season games with 129 tackles, including 24 tackles for loss. Catarius was also a mainstay of BC High's offense, providing lead blocks at fullback in front of Preston Cooper and Deontae Ramey-Doe for the Division 1 Super Bowl champions.

LB – Vondell Langston, Sr., Everett
The Crimson Tide senior captain was an integral part of Everett's offensive and defensive units in each of their back-to-back Super Bowl championship seasons. As a linebacker, Langston was tough against the ran and a threat to drop back in coverage, coming away with three interceptions on the season. Langston tallied 15 touchdowns on the season at running back. He is undecided on his college choice.

LB – Cam Williams, Sr., Catholic Memorial
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker was named one of 50 national finalists for the high school Butkus Award, honoring the nation's top linebacker. The Penn State commit totaled 119 tackles (81 solo), including 18 tackles for loss. Wiliams was also effective in pass defense with an interception and seven passes defensed.

LB – Nick Schlatz, Sr., Bridgewater-Raynham
The Trojans' senior captain was part of a dynamic 1-2 punch at running back along with Brandon Morin, totaling nine touchdowns. Schlatz was the fulcrum of Bridgewater-Raynham's defense, which allowed just under 14 points per game this season.


LB – Dan Flink, Sr., Auburn
Flink was the heart of the Rockets' defense, which surrendered just over 10 points per game this season. He totaled 141 tackles, including 27 tackles for loss, along with seven forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and eight sacks. Flink played running back with the same mentality he brought to his play at linebacker with 1,393 yards and 27 touchdowns in his senior season. The three-year starter was part of four Super Bowl championship teams at Auburn and is looking to study at Mass Maritime Academy next year.

DB – James Burke, Sr., Duxbury
The senior captain was a stalwart in the Dragons' defense in their back-to-back Super Bowl titles. The 6-foot, 165-pounder formed a vicious safety duo along with Reilly Naton and led the secondary with 76 total tackles (50 solo) and had three interceptions with nine passes defensed. Also a standout on Duxbury's state-title winning lacrosse team, Burke has signed a letter of intent to play lacrosse at Penn State.

DB – Quinton Perkins, Sr., Fitchburg
The 6-foot, 170-pound wideout and safety was one of the most dynamic talents in the state, nevermind Central Mass. Perkins, who holds offers from UConn and UMass-Amherst, tallied 35 tackles and two interceptions on defense. He racked up 20 total touchdowns with 10 rushing, nine passing and a kickoff return. Perkins also racked up over 1,300 all-purpose offensive yards. He also racked up 200 all-purpose offensive yards and three touchdowns in the Red Raiders' playoff loss to Leominster.

DB – Casey DeAndrade, Sr., East Bridgewater
The University of New Hampshire commit was one of the most electrifying offensive talents in the state this year, but also played lock-down corner for the Vikings. DeAndrade tallied one interception in his senior season to push his career total to 11, a testament to opponents' weariness in throwing in his direction. The multi-talented athlete tallied 22 touchdowns with nearly 1,400 all-purpose offensive yards.

DB – Obi Melifonwu, Sr., Grafton
The UConn commit was a big-play threat on both sides of the football for Grafton, leading the Indians with three interceptions. The 6-foot-4, 195-pounder also ran for nearly 1,400 yards in a shortened season along with 17 touchdowns.


RET – Chucky Ortiz, Sr. Woburn
Ortiz was a jack of all trades while taking MVP honors of the Middlesex League Large division. In racking up 24 touchdowns, Ortiz tallied two pick-sixes, and a pair punt returns and kick returns for scores. Ortiz had six interceptions on defense while finishing a shade under 1,200 rushing yards. He also handled place kicking duties for the Tanners, connecting on 15 PATs and one field goal.

Best of the Rest
A.J. Baker, Sr. WR, Swampscott
Dan Barone, Sr. QB, Holliston
Vincent Burton, Sr. RB, Blue Hills
Kenny Calaj, Jr. WR, Everett
Andrew Coke, Sr. RB, Andover
Preston Cooper, Sr. RB, BC High
A.J. Doyle, Sr. QB, Catholic Memorial
Brian Dunlap, Fr. WR, Natick
Aaron Dyke, Jr. OL, Auburn
Andrew Ellis, Jr. LB, Barnstable
Joe Epps, Sr. RB, Bourne
Theo France, Sr. RB, Barnstable
Brett Harrington, Sr. DL, Chelmsford
Jack Harris, Sr. TE, Lincoln-Sudbury
Greg Heineman, Sr. QB, Minnechaug
Damion Johnson, Sr. WR, Dennis-Yarmouth
Jordan Keli'inui, Sr. RB, Mashpee
Thomas Kleyn, Sr. LB, Concord-Carlisle
Zack Hume, Jr. LB, Nashoba
Nick LaSpada, Sr. QB, Billerica
Cam McLevedge, Sr. QB, Weymouth
Reilly Naton, Sr. S, Duxbury
T.J. Norris, Sr. RB, Longmeadow
Mike Prendeville, Sr. OG, BC High
Will Quigley, Sr. RB, Marblehead
Deontae Ramey-Doe, Sr. RB, BC High
Max Randall, Sr. LB, Duxbury
Zack Schafer, Sr. LB, Mansfield
Eddie Sheridan, Sr. RB, Chelmsford
Jarod Taylor, Jr. RB, Mashpee
Shawn Whouley, Sr. WR, Weymouth

The View from No. 2 Duxbury

October, 5, 2011
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DUXBURY, Mass. -- The last time Duxbury visited Xaverian's Hawk Bowl, many of the leaders on the No. 2 Dragons' swarming defense were just freshmen, and future Division 1 stars like Shane DiBona (Iowa) and Aaron Kramer (Boston College) were leading the way.

The Dragons, for the unfamiliar, won that contest over the Hawks, and used that win to fuel their run to the Division 2A Super Bowl, which they ended up winning handily over a talented Gloucester squad.

ESPNBoston.com checked in this afternoon from Dragons practice, where players are well-aware of the history and fired up for Saturday's pivotal rematch.

Head coach Dave Maimaron:




Senior safety Reilly Naton:




Senior wide receiver Don Webber:



Senior safety James Burke:




Senior linebacker Max Randall:


Recap: No. 2 Duxbury 26, No. 8 B-R 0

September, 10, 2011
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DUXBURY, Mass. -- It's been a slow start for the much ballyhooed offense of No. 2 Duxbury.

The high powered spread attack was stunted at times during the preseason -- most notably in the Dragons' scrimmage against Catholic Memorial. Likewise, Duxbury took nearly two quarters to get going on offense in the season-opener against No. 8 Bridgewater-Raynham on Friday.

But after a convincing 26-0 win over the Trojans, it looked like the Dragons rediscovered the form that lifted them to a Division 2A Super Bowl title last year.

"We've been working hard all summer," Duxbury quarterback Matt O'Keefe said, "with the guys running routes at 6 a.m. with Don [Webber], [Joe] Guilfoile, [Andrew] Buron, [Reilly] Naton, even [James Burke], who's known more as a defensive player. We've spent a lot of time trying to perfect it."

While the Dragons (1-0) were able to shake off signs of the early rust, Duxbury found its consistency in the red zone, punching in touchdowns on three of four trips inside the Trojans' 20, following O'Keefe's touchdown pass to Guilfoile with 6:46 remaining in the first half.

"Our offense really hasn't clicked," Dragons head coach Dave Maimaron said, "but today was the first day that they played up to their ability, I think."

In addition to Duxbury's regained offensive polish, the Dragons were effective in shutting down B-R's running game, holding Trojans running back Nick Schlatz under 50 yards on the ground. Duxbury won the battle of the trenches with its swarming defense, flying to ball carriers in addition to sacks from defensive linemen Seamus Connelly, Mike Klein and Mark Trudeau.

"We knew they were going to try to run the ball and control the clock against us and try to keep it away from our offense," Maimaron said. "We just had to stop them on third downs and get off the field and get the ball back to the [offense]."

O'Keefe and the offense took care of matters from there. The senior quarterback completed 71 percent of his passes (15 of 21) while throwing for two touchdowns and 110 yards.

Junior running back Jon Hurvitz had the Dragons to a 12-0 lead before the half with a 2-yard touchdown run with 2:23 to play in the second.

After the defenses traded interceptions -- with B-R's Schlatz nabbing an O'Keefe pass and Duxbury linebacker Max Randall returning the favor with a theft of Brad Delulis -- O'Keefe threw for his second score of the game, finding Andrew Buron in the end zone from eight yards out.

Dragons sophomore running back Khai Perry showed a glimpse of his potential with a 20-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.

"[O'Keefe] has so much confidence in his arm strength now that he only needs a small window and he can fit the ball in there," Maimaron said. "We had some good route running down there as well. The slant was a great catch by Andrew Buron, the throw was a little bit behind him and he made a great catch."

Proof that there's still room for improvement in an otherwise stellar start to the season.

"We're not there yet," O'Keefe said of the offense. "We're still working on it. There's a long way to go. We're onto Plymouth North week now."

B-R (0-1) 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Duxbury (1-0) 0 12 7 7 -- 26

2nd quarter

Duxbury - Joe Guilfoile 6-yard pass from Matt O'Keefe (kick failed)
Duxbury - Jon Hurvitz 3-yard run (pass intercepted)

3rd quarter
Duxbury - Andrew Buron 8-yard pass from Matt O'Keefe (Tucker Hannon kick)

4th quarter
Duxbury - Khai Perry 20-yard run (Tucker Hannon kick)

No. 2 Duxbury built from inside out

September, 3, 2011
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DUXBURY, Mass. -- The old baseball adage goes that you build a team through its core; a strong center of the field from the catcher out to center field is the ticket to success.

Similarly constructed is the defense of No. 2 Duxbury football. The Dragons return all but two defensive starters from last year's Eastern Mass. Division 2A Super Bowl championship team.

That includes a host of three-year starters who patrol the middle of the field with middle linebacker Max Randall and safeties James Burke and Reilly Naton. The trio has much in common. First off, their all tackling machines. Burke (106) and Randall (102) both broke the school's record for tackles in a season as sophomores, breaking the century mark in takedowns. Another kinship the three share -- like a great number of Duxbury football players -- is that they're all members of the Dragons state championship lacrosse team. Burke (Penn State), Randall (Dartmouth) and Naton (Yale) are all D1 college lacrosse recruits.

Plus, they do everything they do with speed.

"They can really fly to the ball," Duxbury head coach Dave Maimaron said.

Sometimes even to their own detriment.

"Sometimes [Randall] is almost too quick in his reads and he'll over-pursue," Maimaron added. "If I had one criticism of him, it's that. He's able to anticipate to that extent. But he's the leader of that group with Burkey and Reilly [Naton] behind him. That's what makes the middle of our defense is just so strong."

The speed at which they play the game is a testament to the deep lines of communication shared by a defense that is confident each of its members is precisely where they need to be. It's a comfort of having played together as long as they have and it all starts with their defensive quarterback, Randall.

"It's nice to make one call and be confident everybody's going to be in the right place," the 5-foot-10 linebacker said. "Obviously, you check it over, that's your job, but deep down you know that everyone knows what they're doing."

That's made life difficult for opponents looking to run or finding passing lanes in the middle of the field. It also bears secondary benefits for the the Dragon's pass-rushers up front.

"The coverage has been pretty solid and sometimes that allows our defensive tackles to really get upfield," Burke said.

To which Naton added, "It's not like they need much time anyways. We have trust in them that they can beat their guy and get to the quarterback."

Despite all the experience and fresh off a Super Bowl season, the group realizes there's room for improvement. A Saturday morning scrimmage against No. 4 Catholic Memorial was an eye-opener, even for a defense that's seen it all. Deep down, the group still possesses a desire to improve -- even on a Super season.

"It's our third year together and we've had some good chemistry," Naton, the strong safety, said. "We have a couple new guys in the defense, but they're picking it up pretty quickly.

"Ninety-five percent of the time, I feel like we're in the right places, but it's that five percent that kills us. We have to correct that."

And, with that, they hope those adjustments will have them vying for a repeat championship come December.

"Our goals are to win our non-league games, then win our division and get back to Gillette," Burke said. "But we go play-by-play. We pride ourselves on three-and-outs and helping our team win football games. That's what we're there to do."

DUXBURY AT A GLANCE
2010 record:
13-0 (Won Eastern Mass Div. 2A Super Bowl over Concord-Carlisle)
Coach: Dave Maimaron (7h year, 63-20)
Players to watch: Matt O’Keefe, Sr. QB, 6-4, 195 lbs.; Don Webber, Sr. WR/DE, 5-11, 190; Max Randall, Sr. LB, 5-10, 195; James Burke, Sr. WR/FS, 6-0, 175; Reilly Naton, Sr. WR/SS, 6-1, 180; Gordon Acha, Sr. OG/DT, 6-4, 255; Rob Kosharek, Jr. OT/DT, 6-6, 250; Henry Buonagurio, Sr. RB/LB, 5-8, 180;
Strengths: Experience, skill on both offense and defense.
Weakness: Inexperience at running back.
Outlook: There's hard to find many glaring areas of need throughout Duxbury's roster. From returning quarterback Matt O'Keefe, to a D1-caliber wideout in Don Webber, to hulking linemen Gordon Acha and Rob Kosharek, the offense looks like it will remain on track despite losing co-starting quarterback Kane Haffey to graduation. One of area of concern, however, has developed on the injury front, as starting running back and Drexel lacrosse commit Henry Buonagurio will miss the start of the season due to a back injury. "There's no timetable set yet," Maimaron said, adding that Buonagurio's return could take some time. The opportunity will be ripe for junior Jon Hurvitz and sophomore Khai Perry to show their skills in the backfield. Hurvitz will also start at corner. Returning starting defensive end and Duke lacrosse commit Seamus Connelly adds depth to a senior-laden defense and provides a pass-rushing presence.

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