2013 Pre-Season Boys Lacrosse “Top Stars”
As we dive into the 2013 lacrosse season we take a look at some of the top players to keep an eye on this season across the Bay State and beyond.
With so much talent we cannot mention everyone but here are some of our top players to watch as well as some of the top teams and situations to keep an eye on.
Also, keep an eye out for our 2013 and 2014 Mass Prep Stars player rankings coming in Mid-April!
MIAA – Eastern Mass.
The MIAA graduated one of the best goalie classes in recent years last year with the departure of talented All-American netminders Doug Gouchoe (Concord-Carlisle/ Air Force), Connor Darcey (Wellseley/ Penn State), Henry Buongurio (Duxbury/ Drexel), and Greg Stamatov (Foxboro/ Villanova)
Keep an early eye on a pair of veterans in returning All-Americans Matt Comerford ’13 (Reading) and DJ Smith ’13 (Billerica / UMass) and promising newcomers Nick Marrocco ’14 (Duxbury) and Robbie Treiber ’14 (Medfield).
On offense our early player of the year favorite is Westford Academy attack and Loyola-commit Jay Drapeau ’14. Drapeau (pictured top left) already garnered our first player of the week honor and is sure to add to his already impressive point totals as he looks to lift the Grey Ghosts well into post-season play this season.
Needham may have the top offensive team in the state returning this season as attack Nico Panepinto ‘13 (Fairfield) (pictured below), middie Mike Panepinto ’14 (UMass), and attack Robbie Pisano ’13 are all back and looking to make that final push to a State title.
Nico Panepinto '13 - Needham
Lincoln-Sudbury may rival Needham for the top offensive team as they return a stellar group of veterans in senior attackman Jordan Dow '13 and Matt Hall '13. Their senior midfielders are also battle tested as Dan Delaney ’13 (Fairfield), Chris Giorgio ’13 (Fairfield) and Henry Guild ’13 (Yale) all return with a lot of big-game lacrosse experience. L-S also returns one of the state’s top Long Stick Midfielders in John Sexton ’14 (Notre Dame).
Juniors Drew O’Connell ‘14 (St. John’s Prep), Caleb Broadie ’14 (Hingham), and Kevin Bletzer ’14 (Catholic Memorial) are all veteran, experienced midfielders who are capable of taking a game over at any moment.
Sophomores Will Blumenberg ’15 (Concord-Carlisle) (pictured below) and Tyler Bogart ’15 (Catholic Memorial) both made huge contributions to their team’s deep runs last year and will be counted on even more this season as they look to lead their teams in Division 2.
Will Blumenberg '15 - Concord-Carlisle
MIAA- Western and Central Mass.
In Western, Mass. we got a chance to take a good look at two of the state’s better midfielders in Matt LaCroix ’13 (Westfield) and Kieran Presely ’13 (Amherst) (pictured below) this summer as both starred for the Western Mass. Sharpshooters club team. Lacroix (pictured below) was very impressive in the face-off circle and also showed a developing offensive game. Presley, who is also a talented running back on the gridiron, has the speed and explosiveness to excel in either sport.
Kieran Presley '13 - Amherst
In Central Mass. Algonquin and St. John’s Shrewsbury return talent to their always-strong programs as Algonquin boasts skilled midfielder Davis Kraft ‘13 and veteran goalie Giles Ober ‘13. St. John’s Shrewsbury returns dual sport (football) star Drew Smiley ’13 after graduating attack Jeff Desko ’12 (Syracuse).
Look for Grafton to also make a deep run this year in Central Mass. behind veteran midfielder Bryan Rotatori ’13 and attack Tyler Reilly ‘13.
The ISL is always one of the most talented leagues in the Northeast and this year is no different. Governor’s Academy has a slew of North Carolina commits in top defenseman Ryan Macri ’13, LSM Andy “Bug” Carper ’14, midfielder and dual-sport star (football) Tate Jozokos ’13. They also add a fourth UNC commit in net in newcomer Eddie Gilman ’14.
Middlesex, Roxbury Latin, Rivers, St. Sebastian’s and Thayer also feature a nice mix of talented veterans and newcomers.
As hard as it was to narrow down list here are five more, along with the above mentioned, to keep an eye on this year.
1. Pat Healy ’13 – St. Sebastian’s – Notre Dame
2. AJ Luchesse ’13 – Middlesex - Brown
3. Scott Frankenthaler ’14 – Roxbury Latin – Johns Hopkins
4. Tyler Blaisdell ’14 – Thayer - Princeton
5. Adam Hardej ’13 – Groton - Princeton
Prep/Private in Mass.
Deerfield, Phillips Andover, Berkshire, NMH, and Dexter are all very talented Massachusetts schools we will keep an eye on this season.
Deerfield is always loaded with PGs and also boasts defenseman Ray Horgan ’13 (Army) and LSM Alec Webster ’13.
Berkshire may have the state’s best goalie in Tyler Behring ’13 and both NMH and Dexter will also be in the hunt in their respective conferences.
Playing Outside Mass.
Mass Prep Stars always makes an effort to follow Bay Staters playing sports outside the border of Massachusetts. Here are five
Five Mass residents abroad to keep an eye on:
1. Matt Ryan ’13 LSM - Phillips Exeter (NH)
2. Tyler Breen ’14 A – Taft (CT)
3. Zach Ambrosino ’15 D – Taft (CT)
4. Colby Hall ’15 A – Hotchkiss (CT)
5. John McNamera ’13 A – Brewster (NH)
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