2017 Boston Lax All-American Game Provides Exciting Finish


By Nate Weitzer @nweitzer7

WESTWOOD, Mass. – What started as a light-hearted exhibition finished in a fury, as Team Stallion provided a furious late rally to take down Team Surgeon, 21-20, in the fifth annual Boston Lax All-American Game on Monday night.

With star-studded rosters on both sides of the field comprising the best MIAA and ISL boys’ lacrosse has to offer, there was no shortage of scoring, as fans were treated to great display of skill at Xaverian High, with proceeds going to the Bruce Lerch Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Team Surgeon jumped out to a 5-1 lead early thanks in part to the play of Belmont Hill goalie Danny Hincks, who made 9 saves in the opening quarter. Yet once Hincks left the game Stallion, coached by BC High’s Steve Lydon, rallied for five unanswered goals to take a 6-5 lead into halftime on a last-second score from Acton-Boxborough’s Sam Witt.

During the break, EMLCA honored King Philip’s Steve Scharier as the Bruce Lerch Person of the Year, Wakefield’s Andrew Lavalle as Coach of the Year, along with the BostonLax Coach of the Year.St. Sebastian’s attack John Piatelli as the Boston Lax Bruce Lerch Player of the Year and Jack Cahill as the Golden Ball Award.

We even had a goalie goal, the third in the history of the five year game.

“I wasn’t going to stop until I took a shot,” said Lincoln-Sudbury goalie Trevor van Leer. “I don’t like to stay in the cage all the time and we can do anything we want today, so I took advantage.”

van Leer’s goal made it 12-9 Surgeon midway through the third, and they grew the lead to 18-12 on goals from St. John’s (Shrewsbury) attack Drew Kozub (4 goals), Franklin’s Eric Civetti and Groton long pole Taggart Eymer.

But Stallion came back with a furious 8-0 run capped by a score from Newton North star Bryce Adam (2 goals) to make it 20-18 with four minutes remaining.

Piatelli (2 goals, 2 assists) found BC High captain Pat Bulger for a late score and netted the equalizer himself to make it 20-20 with 58 seconds remaining, but Falmouth sophomore Collin Almeida played the role of hero, scoring with seven seconds left to seal a narrow victory.

“This is a great opportunity for me to showcase a town like Falmouth, which isn’t a hotbed for lacrosse and it’s great to represent my town,” said Almeida.

Team Stallion’s comeback was made possible by Hingham’s Marc O’Rourke (4 goals, assist) and extraordinary LSM Frankie Higgins, who dominated at the faceoff X to spark that fourth-quarter run while Surgeon’s Junior Almeida dealt with an injury.

Van Leer stepped out to take a faceoff with a short stick at one point, adding levity to the situation, as he was burned immediately by Shepherd Hill FOGO Jake Zablocki.

Higgins and Zablocki were named as the MVPs of the All-American game.

With O’Rourke and an elite group of ISL attackmen in Belmont Hill’s Jake Haase (2 goals, assist) and Governors’ Academy star Zach Ludd (4 assists) passing the ball around, Stallion was able to roar back for the comeback win.

“It’s a lot of fun to play with some of the best players in the state,” said O’Rourke. Everyone has a high IQ and it’s a little different focus after being locked in for a state championship game, but you get to have a little more fun.”

Milton Academy midfielder Owen Martinson (2 goals, assist) and St. Sebastian’s senior Jack Frisoli (2 goals) also starred for Team Stallion.

STAY TUNED: Stay tuned this week, as we will have more from the game, including photo galleries, interviews, features and the entire game video for you to enjoy.


Offensive Statistics

Team Stallion

Jake Haase – 2 Goals, Assist

Zach Ludd – 4 Assists

Bryce Adam – 2 Goals

Marc O’Rourke – 4 Goals, Assist

Jack Cahill – 2 Goals

Sam Witt – Goal

Kevin Tobin – Goal

Kris Campbell – Goal, Assist

Colin Almeida – Goal

Jack Frisoli – 2 Goals

Owen Martinson – 2 Goals, Assist

Steven Canale – Goal

Peter Rizzotti – Goal

Griffin Shoemaker – Goal



Team Surgeon

John Piatelli – 2 Goals, 2 Assists

Matt Paul – 3 Goals, Assist

Drew Kozub – 4 Goals

Will Abbott –  2 Goals

Henry Rentz –  2 Goals

Will Abbott –  Assist

Eric Civetti – Goal

Hayden Frey –  Assist

Jack Hennessey –  Assist

Austin Collard –  Assist

Spencer Robbins –  Assist

Mike Tobin – Goal

Anthony D’Angelo –  2 Assists

Chris Campbell –  Goal

Taggert Eymer –  Goal


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