WEYMOUTH — On Sunday, October 21st, 2018 over 175 of the top uncommitted boy’s lacrosse players in New England gathered at the bubble and on the fields at the Union Point Complex in Weymouth to compete in front of over 35 college coaches who were in attendance.
The 2nd Annual Legacy Lacrosse Invitational featured players from club teams: Laxachusetts (3 Teams), the New Hampshire Tomahawks (2 Teams), Top Gun Fighting Clams, Team Connecticut, and the New England Twisters. The players participated in the annual fall event, which featured eight games, with all teams participating in two games each on the day.
Boston Lax took in some of the action on Sunday, and we highlighted 10 of the top performers and 15 others who impressed, during the games which we watched on Sunday.
10 Showcase Standouts:
Will Milewski – Defense – Class of 2020 – Tabor Academy (Mass.) Laxachusetts
Milewski continued his fantastic play from the summer and showed off his impressive combination of size and footwork in both the settled and clearing games. The 6-foot-1, 190 lb. Milewski had a big summer with Laxachusetts, as one of their top poles in the Class of 2020, and with his continued progression and unrivaled work ethic, Miliewshi is a prime candidate to breakout in ISL play for Tabor Academy in 2019.
Garrett McKinnon – Goalie – Class of 2020 – Scituate (Mass.) Laxachusetts
The 6-foot-1 McKinnon had a breakout sophomore season for Scituate, helping lead them to a Massachusetts Division 2 South Sectional Championship crown. McKinnon continued his stellar play on Sunday, as he had a standout day controlling the cage. McKinnon stopped almost every shot thrown his way and he also displayed a unique combination of calculated intelligence and aggressiveness on clears and when moving the ball.
Matthew Cawley – LSM – Class of 2020 – Westwood (Mass.) Laxachusetts
What separates Cawley from the pack is his impressive speed and dynamic burst, which he uses to exploit opponents in transition while trailing plays, and with staying glued to his man. Cawley can be a weapon in the clearing game and he is also adept off the faceoff wing. Cawley has an extremely quick stick on checks and on groundballs and all of his skills were on display in both games we saw on Sunday.
Sean Conery – Defense – Class of 2019 – Loomis Chaffee (CT) Clams *(pictured above)
The former Acton-Boxboro (MA) pole was one of the top defenders at the event on Sunday, as he played strong team defense and showed off improved individual skills. Connery displayed a nice combination of strength, balance, and aggressiveness while defending his men in both games we saw. Conery was also proficient on his slides and he did a nice job on groundballs and in the clearing game, showing a comfortability carrying and moving the ball upfield.
Connor Nydegger – Goalie – Class of 2020 – Bridgewater-Raynham (Mass.) Clams
One of the breakout surprise performers of the event was the play of Nydeggar. The junior keeper made all the stops he should have, in addition to making some nice saves where he displayed his quickness and vision on shots high and low. Nydegaar was also quick on clears and did a nice job of directing traffic and managing his defense in settled situations.
Michael Regan – Defense – Class of 2020 – Chelmsford (Mass.) NE Twisters
The big lefty pole did a nice job in all facets of the game in both games which we saw on Sunday. A very active defender, Regan is versatile enough to move between Close Defense and LSM, while not giving up any ground at either position. He attacked groundballs and maintained an active and efficient stick on his opponent, while also excelling in team defensive situations. Regan’s continued progression and development, along with a strong Chelmsford junior class, will go a long way for the Lions in 2019.
Brendan DiSilva – Midfield – Class of 2020 – Reading (Mass.) NE Twisters
DiSilva, who helped Reading earn a Massachusetts Division 2 State Championship this past Spring, was extremely impressive on Sunday, both with his stick and with his legs. The lefty midfielder is a top athlete, who plays hard and composed, displaying a standout two-way midfield game throughout Sunday’s event. DiSilva should be in for a much heavier workload this season, as his improved and seasoned play should help fill the void, alongside senior midfielder Michael Tobin, and in place of graduated standout middie Jack Geiger (’18 UMass), for head coach Charlie Hardy’s Rockets.
Mason Carroll – Midfield – Class of 2020 – Bishop Guertin (NH) NH Tomahawks
Carroll has the ideal size to be that prototypical midfielder at the next level. The 6-foot-4, 190 lb. righty is a developing prospect who stood out at times with his length and strides. He makes teams pay when he gets a step to his right and he did a nice job shooting high, with accuracy and placement, and will only become a more dangerous offensive threat as he continues to get stronger.
Jonathan Holland – Defense – Class of 2020 – Pinkerton Academy (NH) NH Tomahawks
Holland played a very intelligent and balanced game on Sunday, as he did a nice job in all facets of the game, highlighted by his instrumental work in the clearing game. Holland, who was a second-team All-State performer last year for the Division 1 State Champion Pinkerton Academy Astros, also displayed impressive slides and on-ball defense. Holland will be exciting to watch this year in Derry, NH.
Blane Baillargeon – Defense – Class of 2021 – Bacon Academy (CT) Team CT
Baillargeon had one of the most impressive sticks of any pole at the event on Sunday, as he scooped groundballs and weaved in and out of traffic with the ball at an elite level. The sophomore standout, who saw regular time as a freshman last year with the Bobcats, should be an exciting prospect to watch develop in 2019.
Also having strong days
(in alphabetical order by first name):
Brandon Reilly ’20 – Attack – Phillips Andover (Mass.) NE Twisters
Brendan Driscoll ’20 – Attack – Pingree School (Mass.) NE Twisters
Christian Gastonguay ’20 – Midfield – Chelmsford (Mass.) NE Twisters
Christian Price ’19 – Midfield – BC High (Mass.) Laxachusetts
Colton Fahey ’20 – Midfield – Pingree School (Mass.) Laxachusetts
Jack Bowen ’20 – Attack – Concord-Carlisle (Mass.) Laxachusetts
Jack McCordic ’20 – Midfield – Medfield (Mass.) Laxachusetts
John Alfano ’20 – Midfield – Westford Academy (Mass.) Clams
Liam Nestor ’20 – Midfield – Phillips Andover (Mass.) Laxachusetts
Nate Sidel ’20 – Attack – Lexington (Mass.) Laxachusetts
Nico Mazzocca ’20 – Attack – NFA (CT) Team CT
Nolan Houlihan ’20 – Defense / LSM – Billerica (Mass.) Laxachusetts
Sascha Gannon ’20 – Midfield – Belmont Hill (Mass.) Laxachusetts
Seamus Johnston ’20 – Defense – Duxbury (Mass.) Laxachusetts
Shane Kilkelly ’20 – Midfield – Oliver Ames (Mass.) Clams