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Our MIAA boys' lacrosse All-State team

June, 29, 2011
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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.

SECOND TEAM
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

BEST OF THE REST
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

BEST LONGSTICK MIDFIELDER
Reilly Naton, Duxbury

BEST FOGO (Face-off, get-off)
Clay Richard, Medfield

COACH OF THE YEAR
Jim Wilcon, Weston

Boys' lacrosse All-Americans announced

June, 1, 2011
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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:

EASTERN MASS ALL-AMERICANS
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.

ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS
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

BSC announces boys' lax all-stars

May, 26, 2011
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The Bay State Conference announced its boys' lacrosse all-stars today, in addition to naming Wellesley goaltender and Penn State commit Conor Darcey as the league's MVP.

Here's the complete list:

First team:
Goaltender - Conor Darcey, Wellesley*
LSM Specialist - Ryan Cassidy, Wellesley*
LSM - Justin Lanzafane, Framingham
Defense - Nate Menninger, Newton North*
Defense - Jake Shearman, Newton North
Defense - Joe Manganaro, Natick
Defense - Jimmy Hughto, Wellesley*
Defense -Matt Ndden, Walpole*
Mid - Mike Stearns, Framingham*
Mid - Cam Brown, Natick*
Mid - Sam Lawrence, Wellesley*
Mid - Charlie Jennings, Wellesley*
Mid - Oliver Saffery, Wellesley
Mid - Mark Riley, Needham*
Mid - Davis Cutter, Needham
Mid - Eli Yannekis, Brookline*
Attack - Peter Crane, Wellesley
Attack - Kyle Guilbert, Walpole*
Attack - Brian Rossman, Norwood
Attack - Matt Hillman, Brookline*
Attack - Will Stenberg, Needham*
Attack - Nico Panepinto, Needham
*Denotes Eastern Mass All-Star

Second team:
Attack - Brendan Kelley, Milton
Attack - Conor Nugent, Framingham
Attack - Nick Foley, Walpole
Attack - Jason Lee, Brookline
Mid - Zack LaFavre, Weymouth
Mid - Ryan Quinn, Newton North
Defense - Matt Kustra, Natick
Defense - Kyle Skinner, Norwood
Defense - Mike Vespa, Needham
Defense - Josh Miller, Braintree
D Mid - Adam Horelick, Wellesley

Jennings shrugs injury, leads Wellesley

April, 26, 2011
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WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Wellesley’s Charlie Jennings played with an injury Tuesday in his team’s 17-10 victory over No. 6 Needham, but you would never have guessed after he deposited seven goals to keep his team undefeated at 8-0.

“He’s been playing attack the last few days for us because he can’t run,” said Wellesley coach Rocky Batty. “He got hit in the calf by a ball in practice, and his calf is almost three times bigger than it was. He can’t run so we asked him to play attack and try to draw attention, which he did, and in spite of it, put up seven goals against a great team.”

The first quarter was the way you would expect an opening frame to be between the No. 2 and No. 6 teams in the state: back-and-forth with lots of scoring. Needham’s Mark Riley had two goals in the first quarter, which helped propel his team to a 6-4 lead going into the second. The two teams traded goals for much of the quarter, not allowing each other to pull away on the scoreboard.

In the second, Wellesley’s long offensive possessions and suffocating defense kept Needham (6-2) off the board. Jennings’ first two goals were part of a four-goal quarter that allowed it to pull ahead 8-6 at the half.

“I think seven goals is the most I’ve ever scored in a game,” said Jennings. “I think I had four one time my sophomore year against Mansfield a long time ago, so it’s been a while. I’ve been pretty low in scoring the past few games, so it was good to put a couple in and help us out.”

It was more of the same after halftime as Wellesley outscored its opponent 6-2 in the third quarter, including three goals from Jennings. Needham had a difficult time mounting a consistent offense, and when it did score, usually found itself quickly back in its defensive zone.

“We talk a lot in practice about pushing it in transition, our long stick midfielder Ryan Cassidy does a great job of that,” said Jennings. “It starts from the defense and we force it a lot and we have been pushing a lot and finding trailers and we’ve been doing a good job of that.”

Sam Lawrence also added four goals for Wellesley. Riley was the leading scorer for Needham with three goals.

After the game, Needham coach David Wainwright was quick to praise Wellesley’s effectiveness in outworking his team and making things difficult for them.

“They worked for the things that our guys weren’t willing to work for, they found balls, and won the communication game,” he said. “We fell back a couple steps and lost confidence. They smelled blood and they went for it, and that’s what happens.

“They finished and we could never recover defensively and because we lost some key possessions and key face-offs at the start of the second half, they were all over us. They were the better team, end of story. They wanted it more, they capitalized on our mistakes more, we fell asleep in moments that were key for us to gain momentum, and that was it.”

Andover thriller highlights Coaches Cup 1st round

April, 20, 2011
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SUDBURY, Mass. -- It was a flurry at the beginning and a breathless save at the end that delivered a riveting 12-11 victory for 20th-ranked Andover over No. 15 Lincoln-Sudbury in the first game of the first day of the Coaches Challenge Cup on Monday.

The Golden Warriors defeated the host Warriors by running out to a blazing start. However, L-S didn’t go quietly and kept spectators in suspense right up till the final horn.

After cashing in on their first four shot opportunities of the game, Andover (6-0) threatened to rout the Warriors. But L-S recovered to draw within a goal, 8-7, at halftime.

There were four lead changes in the second half, but the Golden Warriors stayed ahead for good on David Belluche’s goal with 6:12 to play, thanks to the defensive effort led by senior goalkeeper Crosby Nicholson and senior long-stick Ben Cook.

“That’s Crosby Nicholson,” Andover head coach Wayne Puglisi said. “He makes those types of saves. I don’t know how many one-on-one chances there were today.”

Nicholson saved the game from heading into overtime by stoning L-S midfielder Reed Spencer at point-blank range with 15 seconds to play.

“Lincoln-Sudbury made us play smarter and stronger today,” Puglisi said. “They’re a team that did things that we hadn’t seen all year long.”

Meanwhile, for L-S, which fell to 3-3 on the heels of a three-game losing streak, it’s all about getting a young group of players on the same page in light of some notable absences on the field. Top attack Marc Pace is out for the season with an Achilles injury and top D-man Paul Tocci has also been on the shelf, not to mention a freak accident to midfielder Dan Delaney that occurred last week.

“We’re young, but we’ve just got to get it done,” L-S head coach Brian Vona said. “That’s our issue, we don’t understand how to compete at a high level yet.”

C-C’s on a roll


The thumping sixth-ranked Hingham administered on Concord-Carlisle during last year’s Coaches Cup was not lost on the Patriots. And they used that unpleasant memory as cause to start this year’s first-round matchup with the Harbormen.

“We were pretty ready to play today,” Patriots senior attack Seth Bird said. “Hingham crushed us in the second round of the Coaches Cup last year in the second round, so we were pretty ready to go.”

Bird and his teammates took flight in the second quarter when they scored five goals to run out to a 7-1 halftime lead. Despite a second-half run from the Harbormen, No. 2 C-C held on to return the favor, beating Hingham 11-6.

“I think Seth Bird just really had a good game,” C-C head coach Tom Dalicandro said. “He was able to get by his man and I think they’re a little young on defense, so that allowed us to get some opportunities and Ben Lesser was able to cash in.”

Bird tallied a four-point game while notching a hat trick for the Patriots (6-0) while Lesser chipped in a three-point game (2G, 1A). Chris Walker-Jacks also added a goal and an assist.

Reed McLeod and David Freitas tallied two goals each in the second half to lead the comeback attempt for Hingham (5-1)

“We’ve got a lot of chemistry going this year,” Bird said of C-C’s offense. “We’ve got an attitude that this is our last chance this year to make a real run in the tournament.”

Wellesley doubles up Winchester
No. 3 Wellesley (5-0) remained undefeated on the early season as they defeated Winchester 8-4 in their first game of the 2011 Coaches Challenge Cup.

Wellesley led 2-1 after the first quarter but extended the lead to 6-2 at the half behind three goals from senior midfielder Sam Lawrence.

“Sam is always one of the best athletes on the field and when he gets in the open field he can really do some nice things,” said Wellesley head coach Rocky Batty. “The last five minutes of the second quarter we really pushed transition like we like to as a team.”

Winchester junior goalie Alex Sharp was exceptional in net all day for the Sachems, turning away 18 shots and making countless highlight film saves, to keep Winchester in the game.

“Winchester really played well,” said Batty. “A good goalie makes those saves and I think he (Sharp) was the player of the game out there today.”

Wellesley junior attack Peter Crane (3 goals, assist) scored the lone goal in the third quarter on a dish from junior midfielder Paul Vasko (1G, 1A) eight minutes in to the second half.

Winchester (2-3) kept fighting the entire way as junior midfielder Brendan Kelley and junior attack Jesse Samek (2G) would score the first two goals in the fourth to cut the lead to 7-4 midway through the final quarter.

Crane would put the game away in the final minutes for Wellesley as he scored his third goal on a pass from senior midfielder Charlie Jennings (2A).

Junior midfielder Oliver Saffrey (1G, 2A) and junior goalie Connor Darcey (10 saves) also played well for Wellesley in the win.

D-S dominant
No. 11 Dover-Sherborn (6-0) got out to a 3-1 lead after the first quarter and never looked back as they controlled North Andover (3-2) to win the final game on the opening day of the 2011 Coaches Challenge Cup, 11-2.

After a slow start by both teams D-S really turned it on and were sparked by the electric play of junior midfielder Billy Polk (3 goals, assist) and senior attack P.J. Copponi (3 goals).

“I thought we played well after we started being patient against their zone,” D-S head coach Brian McLaughlin said.

The third quarter proved to be the deciding quarter for D-S as they outscored North Andover 4-1 to extend the lead to 8-2 at the end of the third.

“We moved the ball well and got a couple goals in transition that proved to be the difference in the third.” said McLaughlin.

D-S also received strong performances from senior goalie Jeff Williams, who did a great job clearing the ball all day, and senior midfielder Robbie Simms (1G, 2A). D-S will now play Wellesley on Thursday at 4 p.m. at Hingham in the next round of the Coaches Challenge Cup.

“We know each other well,” said McLaughlin. “We played here last year (Wellesley won 6-5). Coach and I are good friends and the kids know each other from playing summer ball. It will be a match-up of the Raiders, red versus blue.”
WELLESLEY, Mass. – The Medfield and Wellesley boys’ lacrosse teams last met in the Eastern Mass Division 2 semifinals a year ago. The Warriors advanced past Wellesley with a 10-9 victory, en route to another D2 state title.

A new season brought the teams together again on Saturday with the Raiders coming out on top this time in an 8-5 decision.

Wellesley head coach Rocky Batty insisted it had nothing to do with revenge — last year is exactly that, and this year means they are different teams.

However, by starting the season 2-0 with their win over the 10th-ranked Medfield squad, in addition to a win over No. 2 Billerica in their opener, the ninth-ranked Raiders have exhibited why they’re among the frontrunners for the D2 crown this year.

“That’s the cream of the crop,” Batty said of Medfield. “There’s no revenge there. I hope that’s a statement we can build on going through the year.”

Sam Lawrence led the way for Wellesley with a three-point game, while tallying two important second-half goals. Peter Crane also chipped in a multi-goal performance, scoring the Raiders’ first two goals of the game.

Wellesley also enjoyed some added offensive power provided by goaltender Connor Darcey. The Penn State-bound netminder streaked down the field and had the Raiders to a 3-1 lead during the second quarter.

“The problem was, at the beginning, he was playing too much offense and, at the end, too much defense,” Batty joked about Darcey’s performance. “What do you say? We get unique chances on offense because we have a goalie that we have a ton of faith in.”

Medfield goaltender Sam Aronson (15 saves) helped to keep the Raiders at bay and make it a 4-3 game by halftime.

However, that’s as close at the Warriors (2-1) would get, as Lawrence stepped up to score the Raiders’ next two goals — one to start the third quarter and another at the beginning of the fourth quarter – to give Wellesley a little breathing room.

“It’s been a good week,” Batty said. “I was a little nervous when it was Billerica and Medfield to open up. I think my head’s still spinning from it, but it’s two great teams and I’m thinking that those are two of the class programs in the state, on the field and off the field. If we’re getting close to being there with them, that’s a good thing.”

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