By Ryan Kilian @masspreps
CANTON – On Sunday, October 22nd over 200 of the top uncommitted boy’s lacrosse players in New England gathered at the fields of the Irish Cultural Center in Canton, Mass. to compete in front of over 50 college coaches in attendance.
Players from Laxachusetts, the New Hampshire Tomahawks, Team Connecticut, the New England Twisters and Team Central participated in the event, which featured nine games held on a beautiful and unseasonably warm fall day.
Boston Lax took in some of the action and we highlight 10 of the top performers, and 10 others who impressed, during the games, which we watched on Sunday.
10 Standouts in alphabetical (first name) order:
Garrett Young – Attack – 2018, (Masconomet, Boxford, Mass.) – New England Twisters (featured in photo above)
Young was extremely impressive in the Twisters’ first game of the morning. He created offense in a variety of ways, dodging from the wing, stepping down and ripping, and getting timely offense off his determined effort on the ride. Young looks the part of an improving attackman whose game can translate to the college level. The Masconomet dual sport star (hockey) should have a breakout campaign in his senior season with the Chieftains.
Gus Mazzocca – Attack – 2019, (Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor, CT) – Team Connecticut
Mazzocca was the most impressive player to take the field in Canton on Sunday. The 5-foot-8 attackman had jaws dropping on the sidelines, as he did a little of everything in his two games played for Team CT. The Loomis Chaffee School attack is explosive, skilled with both hands, and has the ability to find the back of the net from a myriad of angles and dodges. Mazzocca will be a steal for any school looking for a relentless, athletic and poised attackman.
Jack Lombardo – Defense – 2018, (Berlin High School, Berlin, CT) – Team Connecticut
Lombardo showed off his versatility as a defender in Sunday’s action, as he defended his men well and also showed an ability to start breaks with the ball in his stick, to initiate offense. Lombardo is a well-built, rangy, athletic and smooth defender, who had a strong junior season for Berlin High School (CT) in 2017.
Maceo Patrick – Defense/LSM, 2018, (Catholic Memorial, West Roxbury Mass.) – Team Central
Patrick was most impressive in transition and in the clearing game, as he used his speed and stride length to advance the ball and find space in the open field. Patrick displayed a nice understanding of team defense and was strong with his stick, showing a nice ability to transition to the long pole from his short stick d-mid position, which he played very well with for Catholic Memorial in 2017.
Matt Rebuck – Midfield – 2019, (Milton Academy, Milton, Mass.) – Laxachusetts
Rebuck had a coming out party on Sunday at the Showcase, as the junior middie scored four goals to go with four assists, in two games for Laxachusetts. Rebuck was extremely impressive, as he showed off high lacrosse IQ, efficiently striking with his strong left-hand and also finding teammates in favorable positions for goals. The Milton Academy junior should be on everyone’s radar come this Spring.
Matthew Frietas – Goalie – 2019, (Catholic Memorial, West Roxbury, Mass.) – Laxachusetts
Frietas performed well in an event that rarely favors the goalies. He made numerous saves in both contests and did a nice job in the clearing game. Frietas saw the ball well on Sunday and was tough to beat. Frietas, who starred for Catholic Memorial this past season as a sophomore, will look to make that next jump to one of the elite netminders in Massachusetts next season.
Nathan Landry – Defense – 2018, (Pinkerton Academy, Derry, NH) – New Hampshire Tomahawks
The most impressive part of Landry’s game at the showcase was his leadership ability and high lacrosse IQ. Landry directed traffic and his team’s defense, while also displaying impressive slides and on-ball defense. The Pinkerton Academy pole will surely be leaned on for his experience next year for the Astros.
Sam Jean – Attack – 2019, (Xaverian Brothers High School, Westwood, Mass.) – Laxachusetts
Jean had a strong scoring day for Laxachusetts, as the junior could not be stopped in his first game, moving well, with and without the ball, and displaying an impressive initial step to the cage. Jean scored from the outside, off a dodge from the wing and off of a feed, as he cut to his spots with ease and displayed no wasted movement on the field. The lefty attack will be relied upon heavily this year, as Xaverian looks to climb back to the top of the MIAA D1 ranks
Von Mabbs – Midfield – 2019, (Belmont Hill School, Belmont, Mass.) – Clams
Mabbs attacked the cage with veracity in the second game of the day for the Clams. The sturdy midfielder was relentless in his attack and showed a nice ability to finish around the cage. Mabbs may have had the goal of the day, as he split dodged two defenders, from the left wing and beat the goalie for a beautiful finish. The Belmont Hill School middie is coming off a strong summer with the Clams, highlighted by a standout performance at the Primetime Shootout at Babson College in June.
Will Luz – Attack – 2018, (Framingham High School, Framingham, Mass.) – Team Central
Luz had a very nice game in the finale on Sunday, showing some great footwork, to go with a creative skill set for an attackman. Luz did most of his work from X, but was comfortable initiating offense from all over. Luz employed an impressive roll dodge and changed speeds at will on defenders, as he continued to impress after a strong summer for Team Central. The Framingham High School senior had an absolutely beautiful – highlight – goal from X, earlier this summer at the Legacy Lacrosse Classic, in Devens, Mass. (see below)
10 others who Impressed:
Cole Hartman – Midfield – 2019, Hingham High School, Hingham, Mass.) – Laxachusetts
Devin McCabe – Goalie – 2019 (Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH) – NH Tomahawks
Evan Roan – Attack – 2019, (Rivers School, Weston, Mass.) – Clams
George Leboeuf – Midfield – 2019, (Choate School, Wallingford, CT) – New England Twisters
Konrad Knaus – Attack – 2019, (Choate School, Wallingford, CT) – Laxachusetts
Leo Allgaier – LSM/Defense – 2019, (Duxbury High School, Duxbury, Mass.) – Laxachusetts (pictured below)
Mike Kolesnik – M/FO – 2019, (Old Lyme High School, Old Lyme, CT) – Team Connecticut
Nick Fulgione – Midfield – 2019, (Brooks School, North Andover, Mass.) – New England Twisters
Nick Pavone – Attack – 2019, (Shelton High School, Shelton, CT) Team Connecticut
Zadoc White – Midfield – 2019, (Governor’s Academy, Byfield, Mass.) – Laxachusetts