After releasing our initial Watch list on Friday, and our Top players list (10-8) on Monday, we are back with the second 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.
We will conclude our Top player series on Friday, as we release players 1 through 3.
Players 7 through 4
No. 7 – JJ Levandowski ’19 – Midfield – St. Mark’s School
There may not be a more complete and explosive offensive midfielder in the state than Levandowski. The Syracuse commit exploded on the scene last season to help lead the resurgent St. Mark’s program earn their best overall record in over a decade, at 8-8. The sophomore is poised to build on his freshman campaign, and after a couple tough early losses without Levandowski, St. Mark’s will need the talented middie to continue to build upon his freshman success, as the Lions battle the ISL’s best.
No. 6 – Sam Eisenstadt ’17 – Defense / LSM – Needham
Eisenstadt is widely regarded as the top long pole in the MIAA. The versatile and athletic senior is equally adept as a close defender, as he is running out of the midfield and defending the opposing team’s top offensive middie from his LSM position. The University of Massachusetts commit is a returning All-American and 2016 Boston Lax All-American game nominee.
No. 5 – Andrew Song ’17 – Defense / LSM – Roxbury Latin
Song is another excellent hybrid Defender / LSM, who is an absolute groundball machine and possibly the best wing off Face-offs in the State. The Princeton commit combines speed, footwork and stick skills with an amazing lacrosse IQ. Song is a seasoned veteran defender, who is a returning Boston Lax All-American game nominee and first-team All-ISL player.
No. 4 Ben Churchill ’17 – Goalie – Rivers
The top goalie in the state for the past two seasons, Churchill returns to backend the always-staunch Rivers School defense. Coach Justin Walker and the Red Wings have benefitted from Churchill’s elite ball stopping skills, stellar work in the clearing game and leadership in the cage for the past two seasons. The 2016 Boston Lax All-American Game participant, First-Team All-ISL goalie and top ranked goalie in Massachusetts will head to Princeton next fall to suit up for the Tigers.