LaxRecords.com continues with its Looking Ahead series with our Connecticut High School Lacrosse Defensemen and Goalies to Watch list. This is an early look at just some of the 2017 defenders and goalies who were among their team’s leading scorers or made All-State as juniors.
This is not a recruiting list of top players, instead reflects some of the players who led or were among the team’s top scorers from last season and return in 2017.
Where do these player rank in terms of all-time Connecticut stats? LaxRecords.com has the all-time career, season and game states on the Connecticut Best Known High School Lacrosse Records page.
Defenseman to Watch
Nik Allain, North Branford (Conn.), D
Allain was a First Team All-State selection last season.
Luke Barrs, Waterford (Conn.), D
Barrs earned Second Team All-State honors last season.
James Crovatto, New Canaan (Conn.), D, Amherst
Crovatto earned First Team All-State honors for the Rams lasts season. He earned a Standout selection from 3dRising as part of the Baltimore Summer Kickoff Session II in 2015.
Andrew Bauersfeld, New Canaan (Conn.), D, Vermont
Bauersfeld was one of several Rams to earn Second Team All-State honors after the championship season.
Kevin Faustich, St. Joseph (Conn.), D
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound defender earned First Team All-State honor last season. He also earned All-FCIAC First Team All-East honors.
James Freyere, New Canaan (Conn.), LSM
Freyere was one of seven Rams chosen as All-State selections last year. The LSM earned First team honors.
A.J. Hoffman, Wilton (Conn.), D, Delaware
For his play last season Hoffman earned Second Team All-State and Second Team All-Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference honors. The Wilton defense allowed more than nine goals in just four of their 19 games last season.
Dante Pasqualoni, East Catholic (Conn.), D
Pasqualoni was a First Team All-State selection as a junior last season.
Max Sullivan, North Haven (Conn.), D
Sullivan earned Second Team All-State honors last season. He anchored a defense that allowed more than nine goals only twice in 2016. Sullivan is a running back for a North Haven squad that was a Class L finalist and SCC Division II Champs in 2015.
Fred Zering, New Fairfield (Conn.), D
Zering anchored a defense that allowed five or few goals 10 times last season. The defender earned Second Team All-State honors.
Goalies to Watch
Ryan Cornell, Darien (Conn.), G, Vermont
Cornell helped the Blue Wave to a Class L championship and an undefeated season. The Vermont commit earned First Team All-State honors. He made 15 saves against rival New Canaan in the FCIAC final. Cornell made national headlines last year as part of one of the most convincing hidden ball trick plays in recent memory.
— Sean Patrick Bowley (@SPBowley) May 27, 2016
Drew Morris, New Canaan (Conn.), G, Maryland
Morris earned back-to-back All-State honors for the Rams. Last year he earned First Team honors after anchoring the defense the championship team. The Maryland commit made nine saves in the championship game over Daniel Hand.
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