2016 Coaches Challenge Cup Day 1 Standouts
ANDOVER -- Day 1 of the Coaches Challenge Cup is in the books. Lincoln-Sudbury, Concord-Carlisle, Winchester and Andover were your winners.
Those teams will match-up on Thursday at Concord-Carlisle, with the Championship Day being held at Hingham on Saturday.
We were all over the Coaches Cup on Day 1 and here are 13 of the top stars who shined bright on Tuesday.
Be sure to also check out 20 great photos by Mass Prep Stars photographer Joey Walker of the Dover-Sherborn and Concord-Carlisle game. Gallery here
13 Stars Who Shined Bright
Patrick Crowley ’16 – Defense - Concord-Carlisle – Crowley (pictured left), a gridiron standout for the Patriots this past fall, had the unenviable task of trying to contain D-S junior All-American Bailey Laidman. Crowley was not only up to the task, but he also helped spearhead a C-C defense that shut down a dangerous D-S attack, holding them to just four goals on the day. The C-C defensive unit is looking like one of the best in the state and they will have their work cut out for them this Thursday, as they host Lincoln-Sudbury in the next round of the Coaches Challenege Cup. Crowley has been a vital cog for C-C's defense, along with seniors Ethan vanderWilden, Eric Sellew and goalie Aidan Long.
Ish Cisse ’16 Middie – Concord Carlisle – Cisse (pictured below) had great success dodging from the top, as the rangy middie exploded out of his dodges and unleashed a series of rips, using both hands. Cisse, who scored a career-high four goals on the day, has been steadily expanding his offensive role for C-C this season. The senior, who is looking at and for postgraduate opportunities next year, could be huge factor in C-C’s future success this season.
Eric Holden ’16 – Attack – Lincoln-Sudbury – It would not be a Coaches Challenge Cup without the mention of this gifted Hobart-bound attack. Holden (pictured below) started his 2016 Coaches Challenge Cup off with three goals and two assists and was the point man in the early L-S surge, out of the gate, in the first quarter. Our Mass Prep Stars top attackman in 2015, Holden has shown no signs of letting up this year, as he drives to lead L-S to another State Championship.
Connor McCarthy ’16 and Harlan Smart ’16 – Middies – Lincoln-Sudbury – Pick your poison with these two Ivy League bound middies. Both McCarthy and Smart used their size, strength and skill sets to initiate dodges and move the ball quickly and efficiently in settled situations. A luxury of riches for coach Brian Vona to have these veteran stars healthy and playing near the top of their game early in the season.
Others who shined:
Jack Carpini '18 - attack – Winchester – Carpini had the goal of the day, scoring the game winner with 9.8 seconds remaining on the clock to give Winchester a big, 11-10 win over Hingham. The goal was Carpini’s second of the day
Dan O’Connell '16 - attack - Winchester - O’Connell proved to be a valuable facilitator on Tuesday, as he added four assist to go with a goal in Winchester’s 11-10 win over Hingham.
Marc O’Rourke ’17 – attack – Hingham – The crafty attackman scored five goals and added an assist and was one of the day’s most dynamic offensive weapons.
Brendan Croston ’17 – attack – Andover - The junior led the Andover offensive sure, scoring three goals and assisting on two more in the Warriors 12-6 win over North Andover.
Aidan Cyr ’16 – midfield / attack – Concord-Carlisle – The senior scored a hat trick in the opening quarter for C-C to help get them off to a big start, that they would never look back from.
Will Spangenberg ’16 – attack – Dover-Sherborn – The senior scored two of D-S’s four goals on the day in their 12-4 loss to Concord-Carlisle.
Grant Chryssicas ’17 – midfield – Wellesley – The junior netted a big EMO goal for Wellesley and played a solid all-around game out of the midfield and on faceoffs for Wellesley..
Sam Caron ’17 – attack – North Andover – The junior netted all four of his goals in the second half for the Scarlet Knights in their 12-6 loss to Andover to open the day in Andover.
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