High-SchoolConnecticut: Lacrosse

Brunswick lacrosse has star power

April, 6, 2012
This story originally appeared in the April issue of ESPNHS Magazine.

Brunswick is stocked with more talent than just about any team in New England, as the Bruins pencil in eight starters who have signed with Division I colleges — and that’s just the senior class.

“It’s a really talented group,” says Brunswick coach David Bruce. “We’ve got a lot of talented athletes, guys who can do a lot of different things. The depth is great.”

That depth has already paid off, though not in the way Bruce would have hoped. Senior captain John Kelly was expected to carry much of the offensive load this season, but the Georgetown recruit injured his knee over the winter and will miss the season. But Brunswick has filled the gap with players like senior midfielders Eddie DeDomenico and Billy Heidt, all-around talents who have brought scoring punch in Kelly’s absence.

Heidt is rated No. 96 in the ESPNHS 100, and he’s signed to play at Dartmouth next year. DeDomenico will play at Lehigh.

“They’re both two-way midfielders,” says Bruce, “and they’ve got tremendous athletic ability. They’re both very dangerous in transition, and that’s a big part of the way we play."

The key to Brunswick’s transition game is senior midfielder Curt Townshend, a Tufts recruit who specializes in starting fast breaks. Townshend is a solid defensive player who can ignite an up-tempo attack with his passing or by carrying the ball himself.

“We’re at our best when Curt is pushing the ball in transition,” says Bruce. “He’s a threat at all times.”

Because the Bruins like to run and gun so much, it puts a lot of pressure on the back end. It’s up to senior defensemen John Baker (Colgate) and Kip Warner (Penn) to cover most of the ground in front of the net. Sophomore goalie Tommy Heidt is a first-year starter, but he’s already drawing interest from D-I schools.

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Lyons, Keady make cut for lax LSMs

September, 8, 2011
As ESPNHS rolls out its 2012 position-by-position lacrosse rankings, we want to keep you updated whenever a Connecticut player makes the grade. In the recently released ranking of the Top 25 senior long stick midfielders, two CT players were included. Darien's Tommy Lyons checked in at No. 22, while Charles Keady of Fairfield Prep is No. 24.
22. Tommy Lyons, Darien (Darien, Conn.), undecided
24. Charles Keady, Fairfield Prep, (Fairfield, Conn.), Michigan

For the complete LSM rankings, click here.

Ryan makes cut for lax rankings

August, 26, 2011
ESPNHS is releasing its 2012 lacrosse rankings on a position-by-position basis, with the Top 25 goalies coming first. Connecticut has one player on the list, as Avon Old Farms senior Will Ryan checks in at No. 7. From ESPNHS:
7. Will Ryan, Avon Old Farms (Avon, Conn.), Delaware
Ryan will succeed at the next level. He is a big kid and doesn’t allow easy shots on cage. He played on the underclass team from New England at the Under Armour games, which won the tournament.

I haven't had a chance to see Ryan play yet, but from everything I hear, he's the real deal.

For the complete Top 25, click here.