Boston High School: Peter Willauer

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

Duxbury seniors reflect on season

June, 15, 2011

Duxbury stars in 'Road to Redemption'

June, 14, 2011
DUXBURY, Mass. -- If the story of Duxbury boys’ lacrosse’s 2011 season were to be cast as a major motion picture, the tag line to the publicity poster would be “The Road to Redemption.”

While the marketing element practically writes itself, it will ultimately fall to the Dragons how this story will end.

The undisputed kings of Massachusetts lacrosse, the Dragons went down in the most dramatic of fashions in last year’s Division 1 state title game in an overtime loss to St. John’s Prep. After a montage depicting a long offseason, the credits would begin to roll with Central Casting filling out Duxbury’s roster with big name stars, many of whom would fill the roles of the Dragons’ highly regarded junior class — which is held in esteem by many as perhaps the strongest lacrosse recruiting class that’s ever been seen in the Bay State. When you have 11 Division 1 college players, there needs to be some star power.

Then, we fast forward to the start of the ’11 season. There was a setback (an opening loss to Washington state power Mercer Island) and the ready-made scene of the team rising to the occasion at gut-check time (evidenced by their come-from-behind win at Billerica in April).

Once again the Dragons steamrolled through their Massachusetts schedule and will return to Harvard Stadium in tonight’s Division 1 final. After turning in perhaps their strongest result of the season in a 19-9 throttling of Billerica in the semifinals, Duxbury has the chance to exact some real revenge in a rematch against Prep.

The screenplay’s resolution will play out tonight. And this production’s director, Duxbury head coach Chris Sweet, knows a thing or two about how the cast has to get along behind the scenes to make it a success.

While the junior class might attract the attention of the paparazzi, it will be the supporting roles played by the Dragons’ senior class that will decide whether Duxbury’s latest campaign wins Best Picture or goes straight to DVD.

“This, like any season, is the senior’s season,” Sweet said following a recent practice. “It’s up to them to make plays and to set the example for the team in terms of their leadership.”

All the Dragons will need to garner inspiration in Tuesday night’s final will be to look down the sideline toward their opponent. And while the success of their season will ultimately come down to one game, there’s a whole lot more riding on it.

To put on the Duxbury jersey is to be a part of one Massachusetts’ true high school sports dynasties. The Dragons have made an appearance in the last 10 state finals, winning six of those titles.

They not only play for their teammates, they play for the town and the legends who’ve called themselves Dragons.

“Tradition is everything,” said senior captain Kane Haffey, who also quarterbacked the Dragons’ football team to a Division 2A Super Bowl in the fall. “It means more than you. It’s the guys that have come before you and you’re playing to represent them and the town.”

That notion is instilled from a young age.

Senior defenseman and captain Peter Willauer watched his older brothers play lacrosse and followed suit, signing up for the town youth league in fourth grade.

“There’s competition from the very beginning,” Willauer said. “There’s so much depth in the youth program even. Then, you get to high school and there’s only 30 spots on the varsity roster, so you have to work that much harder just to get on the team.”

Which, in turn, provides a built in drive, a work ethic to not only stay ahead of the competition, but teammates vying for playing time.

“If you don’t work you’re hardest every day to keep that spot,” Willauer said, “you’re going to be replaced because there are a lot of other kids out there who are just as good as you.”

That humble attitude is at the heart of Duxbury’s success and it’s instilled by Sweet. The Dragons’ coach also leans on his seniors to get that message across.

“They all have great leadership qualities and they learned from a great group of seniors last year who were just outstanding,” Sweet said.

The Dragons also have last year’s upset at Harvard Stadium to learn from. It’s shaped everything they’ve done since then, from the offseason workouts, to tryouts, the preseason and through the moment they take the field against the Eagles again.

“It’s been a point of motivation for the team, certainly,” Haffey said of looking back at last year’s championship. “If you’re going through a drill or going through sprints and feel tired and beat up, just think back to that game last year and what was going through your head then.

“That gives you the motivation to push harder.”

There’s also the fact that this is the senior’s last chance at history. For Kris Andren, Bryan Barry, Christian Connolly, Clark Demos, Stephan Krall, Tim Matthews, Alex Poore, Tory Walker, Haffey and Willauer, they don’t want to be the ones who let another one slip away.

There’s a name to live up to.

“It really does come down to leadership,” said Barry, tri-captain and midfielder. “We just had a hockey season where we weren’t the most talented team, but we worked so hard to get into the playoffs because we’d never been there as a group before. We willed it to be and that all comes from leadership.”

Those are the life lessons they will take with them, win or loss.

“You make a big leap from 17 [years old] to 18,” Krall said. “I know it’s just a number, but it really is a huge step in maturity. That comes with experience.

“Now, you take everything you’ve learned from your high school experience and it gives you a different insight into things. You realize that this is it.”

That’s when the credits roll.

Explosive 2nd Qtr. lifts Duxbury over Medfield

May, 13, 2011

MEDFIELD, Mass. -- Usually when Duxbury's juggernaut boys lacrosse team gets going offensively, the scoring comes in flurries. Then there are the other times, when it's just straight up blitzkrieg.

Consider host Medfield to be victims of the latter tonight under their own lights at Fisher Field, as the No. 1 Green Dragons exploded for nine second-quarter goals to take a 10-1 halftime lead, and ultimately win out 15-5 to remain undefeated within the state.

Duxbury improved to 12-3 on the season, while the No. 9 Warriors fell to 11-5.

"That was great...yeah, that looked like the teams of the past," Duxbury head coach Chris Sweet said of the second quarter. "That was good. We've really, really been working hard at that in practice the last couple of weeks. I would like to have seen a little bit more of it in the second half, we kinda let up a little bit, but at the same time Medfield came out and played a little harder too."

But by then, the game might as well have already been well in hand. After an evenly-played first quarter, which included a slick top-shelf goal from Medfield junior attack Conor Roddy to knot it at one-all, the Dragons dominated possession in the second and worked the offensive zone patiently -- patiently, but cycling quickly, and snapping off rapid snipes and one-timers at the first sight of a seam.

The wave started just 59 seconds into the second stanza, when junior attack Paul Hellar (four goals, five assists) took a feed in transition from junior long-stick midfielder Reilly Natonn (goal, assist), drove the left flank and popped it underneath goalie Sam Aronson's armpit for a 2-1 advantage. Fourteen seconds later, the Dragons made it 3-1 when James Burke threw it to the left post, where Hellar immediately snapped it in front to Sam Sweet for an easy running one-timer.

Over the next two minutes and 59 seconds, the Dragons unloaded for four more goals to make it 7-1. Hellar made it 10-1 in the last minute of the quarter with a low snipe underneath Aronson's stick side.

"I think after those two fast break goals (to start the quarter), we got really fired up, really into it," Hellar said. "We started to play good, and we poured it on."

Said junior Will Siefert (four goals, assist), "We want to help our defense out, they're probably tired down there. So we want to pull the ball, possess it, but when there's that seam you've got to look for it. If someone's [uncovered] coming across the field, you've just got to hit him."

And not to be overlooked in all of that is indeed the defense. Led by seniors Peter Willauer and Matt O'Keefe, the Dragons gave the Warriors little wiggle room to work with in the first quarter, collapsing in front; disrupting and intercepting passing lanes,;and ultimately, getting their speedy attackers in space and in stride with crisp breakout passes.

Meanwhile, junior goalie Henry Buonagurio needed just five saves to pick up the win in the cage.

"We're trying to get the mind set that offense begins when our goalie makes a save or our defense gets a goal on the ground, then 10 guys are playing offense," Chris Sweet said. "You know, we get used to getting it down here and trying to go 6-on-6, and we start running the field like that, you can score a lot of goals real fast and in bunches. But, you know, it takes a certain skill set to do it, too."