2017 Mass Prep Stars Boys Lacrosse Players of the Year
Our 2017 Mass Prep Stars Boys Lacrosse Players of the Year
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A – John Piatelli ’17 – St. Sebastian’s (Prep/Private School Player of the Year)
Piatelli (pictured left) had one of the most impressive all-around seasons from an attackman in recent years, as he not only put up impressive numbers (60 Goals, 72 Assists), but he also helped lead St. Sebastian’s to a share of the 2017 ISL Championship and a fantastic showing in the 2017 Geico Nationals.
The Cornell-bound Piatelli was named the 2017 ISL Player of the Year, a US All-American, and the Bruce Lerch Player of the Year from Boston Lax.
G – Ben Churchill ’17 – Rivers (Prep/Private Defensive Player of the Year)
Churchill has been the top goalie in the state for the past two years and this year he was named a US All-American for his efforts. Churchill was named to the Boston Lax All-American game for the second straight year and helped lead Rivers to a 14-4 record and a 12-3 record in the ISL this season.
The Princeton-bound netminder was featured this season by Mass Prep Stars sporting a 57 percent save rate, including a 10-save performance in a huge 12-11 win over No. 1 ranked St. Sebastian’s on May 5.
FO/LSM – Frankie Higgins ’18 – Hingham (Public School Player of the Year)
After a breakout junior season in 2016, which earned him All-American honors, Higgins took his game to another level this season. The junior jack-of-all-trades long pole proved again to be the top faceoff man in the state and showed off his dynamic versatility on defense, along with his impressive offensive ability.
The Bucknell commit and two-time Captain scored an eye-popping 22 goals and dished out 13 assists in 2017, helping lead Hingham to a Division 2 State Championship victory. His work at the faceoff X earned the Harbormen critical possessions throughout the season and proved essential in the State Championship win.
D – Daniel Ryan ’17 – Lincoln-Sudbury (Public School Co-Defensive Player of the Year)
Ryan was the most impressive player on the field in the 2017 D1 State Championship game, which helped earn L-S their third straight Division 1 State Championship. The dual-sport star (football) proved to be one of the best team defenseman in the state, along with being a terrific on-ball presence. The multiple time DCL All-Star and was named a First-Team All-American this season for his efforts.
The Hobart-bound Ryan was also a threat on offense, as he would frequently stay in the offensive end and provide L-S with a weapon in transition, moving the ball up the field and netting seven goals this season.
D – Will Bowen ’18 – BC High (Public School Co-Defensive Player of the Year
Bowen proved again why the hype that has surrounded him the past two years is warranted. The North Carolina commit and 2016 Mass Stars Defensive Player of the Year shined again for BC High this season, despite missing some time early in the season with a leg injury.
The 2-time All-American and team Captain bounced back strong to help lead the Eagles to an impressive 13-game winning streak and their second consecutive appearance in the D1 State Championship game. The dual-sport star (football) currently sports numerous D1 football offers and his physical and aggressive play is a perfect complement to his elite footwork and team defensive leadership.
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