All-American game doesn’t disappoint, talent shines all night

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By Mike Abelson (@ABELS0N)

WESTWOOD – One the last day of the lacrosse season the state’s finest players gathered at Xaverian for the fourth annual BostonLax All-American game. Players from the ISL and every corner of the MIAA descended on the Hawk Bowl for a rousing, entertaining 60 minutes of lacrosse.

Will Weitzel (8) won his team's MVP award

Will Weitzel (8) won his team’s MVP award

Team StringKing, coached by BC High’s Steve Lydon, defeated Team STX, coached by Medfield’s John Isaf, 19-11, but the big takeaway was seeing so much high-level talent getting to do their thing.

“I think a lot of these guys, either through the club scene or special tournaments, these guys have been all-stars all the way through their careers,” Lydon said. “I think a lot of these guys were familiar with each other, but for some of those guys in the central part of the state, from the ISL, they get a chance to really play with each other. To get on the same field was a great opportunity for those guys.”

Before the game the players got gear from StringKing and STX as well as an inspirational speech from former Governor’s Academy head coach Peter Bidstrup about never giving up, and it rubbed off on the participants.

Xaverian goalie Michael Toomey took the words to heart and, in his one quarter of play, stole the show. Toomey made seven saves, capped by an eye-popping save with his helmet at point-blank range, to hold STX scoreless in the

Matt Treiber

Matt Treiber

first. STX got 20 shots off in the opening quarter, but Toomey stood tall.

His performance got him named MVP for his team.

“Coach Lydon gave a big speech and not taking it as a joke and to try hard, and then we got the never give up speech from [Peter Bidstrup], and our team really took that to heart,” Toomey said. “The defense made some big stops, Jack Lyne made a big save after I made a stupid mistake on a clear, and I was just seeing the ball. Everyone was just in it.”

StringKing opened up a massive 7-1 halftime lead, which was never really in doubt. George Loring (Nobles) had four goals and Medfield’s Matt Treiber had four as well. Lincoln-Sudbury’s Eric Holden dished out three assists and had a goal.

While the stars shined for StringKing others stepped up to game as well. Newton North’s Bryce Adam sped across the field and scored in the fourth, and Westboro’s Trevor McNamara finished a great feed from Holden in the third.

John MacLean

John MacLean

Grafton’s Chase Kapuscienski had two points in the fourth and rode well all game.

For STX, team MVP Will Weitzel stole the show. Pregame Weitzel, a longpole from Roxbury Latin, guaranteed that he would score, and he backed it by going coast to coast and ripping home a bomb in the third quarter. Weitzel also added an assist.

Weitzel led a brigade of longpoles that got on the scoreboard that included teammate Caleb Mahoney of Rivers and BC High’s Oskar Djusberg.

“The players across Massachusetts have really gotten good over the last couple of years,” Weitzel, a Yale commit, said. “I think the level of competition has been taken to the next level especially in the public school and private schools competing together. This is the only chance they have to play together so it’s a pretty big game for both sides to prove their worth.”

Aidan Long stops Max Stukalin

Aidan Long stops Max Stukalin

Medfield’s John MacLean had two goals for STX. Littleton’s Griffin Shoemaker, Milton Academy’s Morty Fearey, and Belmont Hill’s Johnny Hincks all had goals in the second half for STX.

Concord-Carlisle’s Aidan Long had a good spell in cage to end the game for STX, and Duxbury’s Brady Burke had six saves in the fourth quarter for StringKing.

Having the mix of players allowed for new matchups across the field, and they said they enjoyed it.

“I think that the biggest difference for me was playing against the ISL poles because I had never seen them,” Treiber said. “They play hard; they throw big checks, and they’re big names too. It’s one of the only times I get to faceoff against them so it’s cool.”

All the money raised through ticket sales will go to the Bruce Lerch Memorial Fund.

John Piatelli (10) gets in the thick of a GB battle

John Piatelli (10) gets in the thick of a GB battle

Stay tuned to BostonLax throughout the week for more coverage and features from the All-American game.

STATS

GOALS
StringKing: Matt Treiber (Medfield) [4], George Loring (Nobles) [4], John Piatelli (St. Sebastian’s), Kevin Tobin (Reading), Watson Cheek (Nobles), Harlan Smart (L-S), Parker Kent (Roxbury Latin), Eric Holden (L-S), Trevor McNamara (Westboro),  Oskar Djusberg (BC High), Chase Kapuscienski (Grafton), Max Stukalin (Longmeadow), Bryce Adam (Newton North)
STX: John MacLean (Medfield) [2], Jack Frisoli (St. Sebastian’s), Will Weitzel (Roxbury Latin), Kevin McCordic (Medfield), Caleb Mahoney (Rivers), Griffin Shoemaker (Littleton), Morty Fearey (Milton), Sean Sperzel (Xaverian), Bailey Laidman (D-S), Johnny Hincks (Belmont Hill)

ASSISTS
StringKing: Holden (3), Connor McCarthy [L-S] (3), Stukalin, Kapuscienski
STX: Weitzel, Mahoney, Sperzel

SAVES
StringKing: Michael Toomey (Xaverian) [7], Kyle Gately (Medfield) [3], Brett Jones (Minnechaug) [4], Brady Burke (Duxbury) [6]
STX: Ben Churchill (Rivers) [6], Colton King (Algonquin) [2], Aidan Long (Concord-Carlisle) [4]

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