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By Ryan Kilian
ALLSTON – The stars were out and shining bright and there was a little bit of everything for the Massachusetts lacrosse community as BostonLax.net presented its Third Annual All-American Game Wednesday night at Harvard University’s Soldiers Field.
The evening started off with the players receiving a fantastic talk from Navy SEAL Hardy Allen, a Hingham High School alum and former lacrosse player, who helped convey the important ideals of service and patriotism.
With all of the proceeds from the All-American game going directly to Wounded Warrior Project, Allen eloquently explained the importance of the organization and the fantastic work that they do helping injured heroes and their families improve the quality of their lives.
With the messages of respect and honor resonating loud and clear the players took to the field, donning beautiful camouflage helmets that were donated generously by STX.
The game action was fast and furious throughout, culminating in a 25-18 win for Team STX over Team Wounded Warrior. While the score of the game was slightly inconsequential, the game was more about the All-American players, who showcased their skills and represented their schools proudly during the game.
Roxbury Latin star and Duke University-bound midfielder Sean Lowrie earned the games Most Valuable Player honors. Lowrie scored four goals to go with two assists to put an exclamation point on a fantastic high school All-American career.
“It was a lot of fun tonight,” Lowrie said. “We went hard tonight and it was fun to be able to play with some of the kids I competed against all year, as well as play against some other kids. It was nice to be able to see all these guys and hopefully build relationships that we will have for awhile.”
While Lowrie provided the offensive punch for Team STX it was Noble & Greenough’s Teddy Strzetelski who provided the play of the night for Team Wounded Warrior. The 6-foot-4, Cornell-bound goalie scored the first goal in the history of the game by a goalkeeper as he sprinted the field, then remained in the offensive zone after the ball briefly hit the ground.
The ground ball was picked up by Westfield star Sam Scarfo, who alertly spotted Strzetelski near the cage and hit him with a pass, and the goalie added a little flair to his finish, going behind-the-back for the highlight-reel goal of the night.
“It was awesome,” Strzetelski said after the game. “I had not scored since eighth grade. It does not always happen when you go right away. It is usually the second time that you get it when it often happens.”
Recalling a conversation from Tuesday’s Legacy Lacrosse Showcase event with BostonLax.net Editor-in-Chief Bruce Lerch, Strzetelski added, “Bruce mentioned that there had not been a goalie-goal yet in the three years of the game,” Strzetelski explained. “I told him I was going to do it and that if I went behind-the-back, he would owe me double.”
Strzetelski’s goal set the stage for another goalie goal, as Hingham keeper Jack Santilli also went top shelf for a score, after a coast-to-coast run in the second half of play.
In addition to the goalie goals, four long-stick players also got in on the scoring as Medfield’s Will Murphy, Duxbury’s Hunter Marston, Franklin’s Mike Sullivan and Needham’s Matt Hecker all got themselves on the scoresheet.
One of the more anticipated matchups coming into the game was at the faceoff-X where Algonquin’s Mike Martens and Medfield’s Jack-Henry Vara have been among the top draw-men in the state all season long. This battle lived up to its billing as the two went back and forth throughout the game with plenty of help from their wings. Martens also scored a goal in the contest.
In a game that generally features amazing offensive performances, all six goalies chosen turned in very strong efforts. Santilli, Joshua Kirson of Rivers and Billerica’s Tyler Canto all excelled for the victorious STX squad. At the other end, Xaverian’s Michael Toomey, Marshfield’s Trevor Scollins and Strzetelski manned a strong cage for Team Wounded Warrior.
Team Wounded Warrior Breakdown
Team Wounded Warrior was led offensively by Belmont Hill star and Princeton bound middie Charlie Durbin. Durbin, who scored two goals and added one assist, was fantastic dodging and finishing all evening long.
Medfield midfielder John MacLean solidified his reputation as one of the top offensive forces in Eastern Mass. as he ripped home a pair of beautiful goals during a third-quarter surge for Team Wounded Warrior. The rising senior middie is a Boston University verbal commitment. Duxbury’s Matt Sharpe also chipped in a pair of goals to help lead this group.
One of the top performances in the game came from Team Wounded Warrior LSM Oskar Djusberg. The BC High All-American was all over the field on Wednesday night, scooping up countless groundballs, taking faceoffs, locking down middies and carrying the ball up the field for his team.
St. John’s Jared Ward, Governor’s Academy’s Larsen Bidstrup, Acton-Boxboro’s J.T. Kelly, Nobles’ George Loring, South Hadley’s Sam Duda, Longmeadow’s Max Stukalin, Lincoln-Sudbury’s Harlan Smart and Westfield’s Sam Scarfo all made contributions on the field.
Sullivan, the Governor’s defensive pairing of Ryan Caley and Zach Coffey, and Roxbury Latin’s Will Weitzel all did a great job on the defensive end of the field for Team Wounded Warrior.
Team STX Breakdown
Billerica All-American midfielder Jeff Trainor scored three goals, including one of the prettier strikes with a lefty snipe from top of the box. Trainor also netted the final goal of the game, number 25 for Team STX, at the buzzer. Trainor looked comfortable and confident in the All-Star game format and should have a stellar senior season at Billerica next year before heading to the UMass in the fall of 2016.
Cohasset midfielder Cole Kissick scored the game’s first goal and set the tone for Team STX early with his strong play and continued prowess as an offensive midfielder. The All-American will take his talents to the University of Richmond next season.
Westfield’s Matt Chlastawa continued to impress on Wednesday night, as the lefty attackman showed why he was named a Western Mass. All-American this season, tallying two goals and moving very well without the ball in his stick.
Shrewsbury’s Joe Buduo, Middlesex School’s James Burr, Lincoln-Sudbury’s Eric Holden, Medfield’s Matt Treiber, Westboro’s Jake Foster, Governors’ Jack Gould, Tyngsboro’s Kyle LaForge, and Thayer’s Ryan Pfeffer all contributed to the victorious offensive output for Team STX.
Team STX also did a fantastic job on the defensive side of the ball, as Franklin’s Alec Borkowski, Middlesex’s Jack Lyne, Belmont Hill’s Alex Santangelo, and Duxbury’s Liam Stauss all shined in the win.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This post has been corrected to note that it was Sam Scarfo who had the assist on Ted Strzetelski’s goal.
GOALS: Sean Lowrie, Roxbury Latin, 4 (GAME MVP); Matt Chlastawa, Westfield, 3; Jeff Trainor, Billerica, 3; James Burr, Middlesex, 2; Jake Foster, Westboro, 2; Eric Holden, Lincoln-Sudbury, 2; Cole Kissick, Cohasset, 2; Ryan Pfeffer, Thayer, 2; Joe Buduo, Shrewsbury; Matt Treiber, Medfield; Will Murphy, Medfield; Matt Hecker, Needham; Jack Santilli, Hingham.
ASSISTS: Lowrie, 2; Buduo, 2; Kyle LaForge, Tyngsboro; Chlastawa; Trainor; Burr; Foster; Holden; Treiber.
GOALIES: Tyler Canto, Billerica (5 saves); Josh Kirson, Rivers (7 saves); Jack Santilli, Hingham (5 saves).
FACEOFFS: Jack-Henry Vara, Medfield, 24-of-46.
TEAM WOUNDED WARRIOR
GOALS: Charlie Durbin, Belmont Hill, 2; John MacLean, Medfield, 2; Matt Sharpe, Duxbury, 2; Sam Duda, South Hadley; Max Stukalin, Longmeadow; Harlan Smart, Lincoln-Sudbury; Hunter Marston, Duxbury; Jared Ward, St. John’s; J.T. Kelly, Acton-Boxboro; Mike Sullivan, Franklin; Mike Martens, Algonquin; Ted Strzetelski, Nobles; Sam Scarfo, Westfield; George Loring, Nobles; Michael McCormack, Mt. Greylock.
ASSISTS: Larsen Bidstrup, Governor’s; Durbin; MacLean; Kelly; Scarfo.
GOALIES: Trevor Scollins, Marshfield (4 saves); Michael Toomey, Xaverian (5 saves); Ted Strzetelski, Nobles (7 saves).
FACEOFFS: Mike Martens, Algonquin, 22-of-46.