Ten Top Lax Performers for Week 3 and Massachusetts Notes
The 2012 lacrosse season is now almost a month in and we continue to witness some great performances from New England Prep Stars student athletes.
Here are 10 more top performers that have caught our eye from last weeks action.
This is our third Tuesday installment of our "Ten Top Performers". The "Ten Top Performers" is a tribute to 10 top efforts over the past week and is by no means "THE TOP 10". We appreciate all feedback and encourage nominations from coaches, athletes, parents and fans.
We also included a few Massachusetts notes of teams and players from last week.
Please send all inquiries and top performances to firstname.lastname@example.org each week.
Ten Top Performers
Doug Gouchoe '12 Concord-Carlisle - Goalie - Gouchoe was named the NEPS player of the week for his effort in three big wins for Concord-Carlisle in the Coaches Challenge Cup. The Air Force commit had 13, 13 and 8 saves in three wins over Lincoln-Sudbury, Hingham and Wellesley.
Connor Darcey '12 Wellesley - Goalie - Darcey held Wellesley's first two opponents, North Andover and Winchester to just one goal each while making 8 and 11 saves respectively in the first two rounds of the Coaches Cup. The Penn State commit also made 12 saves in the 8-4 finals loss to C-C.
Kevin Blair '12 Hingham - Attack - The senior had six big goals in HIngham's opening win of the Coaches Cup over Dover-Sherborn. The highly skilled Providence bound attack also netted a pair of goals in the third place game win over Winchester.
Kevin Blair - Hingham
Paul Hellar '12 - Duxbury - Attack - Hellar scored two goals in a loss to the #1 ranked team in the country, Garden City (NY), on Saturday and had four goals and two assists in a convincing 17-7 win over Medfield last Thursday.
Case Matheis '12 Darien - Attack - The Duke commit is a regular performer on the list this year as he helped Darien defeat Manahsset for the first time in his career with three goals and three assists. Matheis also scored five goals to go with two assists in a 16-10 win over defending California state champion Torrey Pines last Saturday.
Tony Britton '12 Darien - Defense - The Cornell commit led Darien in ground balls and takeaways as the Blue Wave won three big games last week, highlighted by the win over Manhasset.
Paul Spinney '12 - Bishop Guertin - Midfield - The UMass commit continues to play stellar midfield, scoring five goals and dishing out one assist, for the Cardinals as he helped lead BG to a 14-8 win over Needham . Despite an upset loss to Hanover as well last week Spinney still managed to produce, scoring six goals and dishing out one assist. See the highlights of the game with Needham below from our friends at the Needham Channel.
Christian Wolter '12 - Hanover - Midfield - The University of Michigan commit tallied a team-high five points scoring four goals with one assist in Hanover's 14-9 upset win over Bishop Guertin.
Sean Herdman '14 - Cheshire Academy - Attack - The sophomore attack scored five goals and assisted on four others in a 16-8 win over St. Thomas More Saturday. He also added five goals in two assists in a win over Chase Collegiate on Thursday.
JC Vivian '12 - Governors Academy - Midfield - The Georgetown commit had a strong week for the balanced offense of Govs as he scored two goals and assisted on another in two separate wins over BB&N and Philips Exeter.
The Massachusetts School Vacation week provided us an opportunity to take a look a lot of talent from the Massachusetts public ranks.
- The St. John’s Prep Eagles lacrosse team came from behind to beat the Beverly Panthers, 12-9 at Beverly High School last Monday to start the vacation week. The Panthers started out strong by scoring the first two goals of the game and added three more goals in the first quarter to lead 5-1 after the opening quarter. The Eagles came back, however, and dominated the Panthers in the second half as they picked up their offensive production. The game was tied at the end of the third quarter. The Panthers scored the first goal of the fourth quarter but the Eagles went on to score four straight goals to put them ahead for the rest of the game. Both teams had players who shined offensively. Beverly’s Brendan Flaherty and Ryan Shipp each scored three goals and one assist to help them jump out to an early lead. Beverly’s goalkeeper Jimmy Chase made 16 saves. Mike Harris scored five goals and Drew O’Connell scored four goals for SJ Prep, including the goal that put them ahead for the first time. - Jan Taylor for NEPS
Drew O’Connell - SJ Prep
- Catholic Memorial looks like the team to beat in the Catholic Conference this year but all eyes will be on their rematch with St. John's Prep on Thursday, May 3rd. CM (8-1) defeated SJ Prep 12-8 in a great win for CM a couple of weeks back. CM is led offensively by one of teh best freshman in the state in attack Tyler Bogart '16. Along with senior attack John Harrison '12 and senior middie Thomas Stanton '12 CM is getting a lot of offense. CM golaie and Williams commit Miles McCarthy '12 is also having a great season in net.
- Acton-Boxborough has run off five games in a row and has positioned themselves right behind L-S and Westford Academy in balanced and talented DCL Large. In a recent win over BC High Tyler McKelvie had 4 goals and an assist, Kyle Soroka had 2 goals and 2 assists, Travis Hamilton has 2 goals and an assist as did Andrew Loblundo. Casey Frank scored on a rocket and had numerous face off wins and A-B's defense kept BC High in check with close defenders Peter Trombly, Mike Duggan and Kurt Tugal clamping down tightly on the BC High attack. A-B also received strong performances from LSMs Kevin Troy and James Goguen. Matt Brogie & Jeff Reichlen did yeoman's work clearing the ball and pressing the ride and Rick Kronnewett was also strong between the pipes for the Colonials. A-B faces their toughest part of the schedule to date as they face undefeated Concord-Carlisle on Thursday and have dates with Westford Academy and Weston next week.
- Speaking of Concord-Carlisle, there is no bigger surprise in Eastern Massachusetts than the Patriots this year. The talent has always been there and C-C was predicted to compete this year in D2 but they are currently the second highest ranked team in Massachusetts at 6-0, coming off a Coaches Challenge cup win and three straight victories over L-S, Hingham and Wellesley. Air Force commit Doug Gouchoe is playing well in net, followed by senior and Brown football commit Henry Bumpus, and juniors Evan Boynton and Sam Barrett at close D. Senior Mike O'Brien leads the midfield unit and senior Jackson Finigan, junior Tim Badgley and freshman Will Blumenberg are all producing at the attack position. C-C also has a tough string of games upcoming with A-B, Westford Academy and Weston on the horizon.
Mike O'Brien of C-C works on Wellesley's Ryan Cassidy
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