After releasing our initial Watch list on Friday, we are back with the first of our three-part installment, featuring the Top 10 initial player candidates for our first annual Bruce Lerch Player of the Year award.
The talented players on this list, as well as our Watch List, represent players from Western Mass., Central Mass., Eastern Mass. and the ISL.
In the coming days we will be releasing our final two installments of the Top 10 Players (Players 7-4 and our Top 3 players.
Players 10 through 8
No. 10 – Kevin Tobin ’17 – Midfield – Reading Memorial High School
The University of Massachusetts commit is one of the catalysts for the explosive Reading Rockets’ offense. Tobin has been a mainstay for the Rockets for the past two seasons and the returning 2016 All-American and Boston Lax All-American game nominee/participant tallied 51 goals to go with 31 assists and 50 groundballs last season. Tobin has started the 2017 season strong, as he works with brother, Michael (sophomore) and junior star Jack Geiger to form one of the most dangerous offensive trios in Massachusetts. Tobin has helped lead Reading to 2-0 start to the 2017 season.
No. 9 – Will Frisoli ’19 – Defense – St. Sebastian’s School
The sophomore Ivy League recruit has picked up where he left off in 2016, helping provide that lock-down defense for the star-studded St. Sebastian’s lineup. Frisoli has all the speed and stick skills of an elite D-middie, while combining the footwork and team defensive mentality of a star close defender. As a freshman last season Frisoli was a starter throughout the year and earned local and national recognition for his play. Frisoli and Seb’s are 5-1 to start the season and are the No. 2 seed in our most recent poll.
No. 8 – John Piatelli ’17 – Attack – St. Sebastian’s School
There may not be a more versatile and more efficient finisher in the state than the Cornell bound Piatelli. Piatelli is the quarterback and point man for Seb’s and he has the ability to take over a game offensively, when given the green light. An elite feeder with a high lacrosse IQ, Piatelli is already off to a big start to the 2017 season. Piatelli also starred at King Philip HS before transferring to Seb’s. Piatelli and Seb’s are 5-1 to start the season.