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Whether you’re looking for the players who led your state in scoring and return or want to know the up-and-coming players in your region, LaxRecords.com has your in-depth look at the players, teams, and coaches to watch for the 2019 boys high school lacrosse season.
Below you will find the storylines, coaches, and teams to watch for the upcoming season.
If you’re looking for the Northeast Region’s leading returning scorers along with the Players to Watch in the Classes of 2019, 2020 and 2021, you can find that here.
What You Need to Know
Prep School programs dominated the national Top 10 last season and 2019 appears to be similar. Salisbury School (Conn.) has 20 college commits while last year’s No. 2 prep program, Brunswick School (Conn.) boasts 10 commits. Darien (Conn.) was dethroned by Ridgefield (Conn.), ending the Blue Wave’s 76-game winning streak. The last time Darien lost a game, they immediately started the winning streak in 2015. The last time they lost a championship game they rolled off four straight. New Fairfield (Conn.) finished 22-0 last season to win its first title since 2008. That 22-game streak is the longest active streak in the state. St. Joseph-Trumbull (Conn.) upset Somers (Conn.) in the Class S championship last season.
Last year was the first time Maine had three classifications: Class A, B and C. Thornton Academy (Maine) took home its first title last year, defeating Falmouth (Maine) 14-12. Brunswick (Maine) won its first Class B title after winning Class A in 2017. Waynflete (Maine) won its first championship with an 18-4 win over Lincoln Academy (Maine). Senior Miles Lipton returns to the lineup after scoring seven goals in the championship game.
Bussy Adam announced late last year that he was stepping down at Newton North (Mass.) after winning 457 games. When Adam stepped down he was Massachusett’s all-time leader in wins - three ahead of Hingham (Mass.) head coach John Todd. Boston College High School (Mass.) won its first title last season but will have a new head coach in 2019. Marcus Craigwell takes over the helm after Steve Lydon stepped down in the offseason. Craigwell was DCL Coach of the Year in 2018 and has a career record of 55-22 with Wayland (Mass.). Reading (Mass.) won the Division II championship, marking the first time since 2012-2013 the title has gone to different programs in consecutive years. Medfield (Mass.) won three straight from 2014 to 2016. Hingham won it all in 2017. Cohasset (Mass.) won Division III - its first championship since 2014. Jared Heller from Brimmer & May (Mass.) is one of the leading returning scorers in the state after scoring 107 points. Collin Almeida from Falmouth (Mass.) also had 107 points last season. Michael Lampert from Wayland (Mass.), Blake Moxim from Hopedale (Mass.) and Sean Daly from Silver Lake (Mass.) all scored more than 100 points last season.
Derryfield (N.H.) has the longest active win streak in the nation with 53 consecutive games. The streak started in 2016 and Head Coach Chris Hettler is coming off a 20-win season. Pinkerton (N.H.) reclaimed the Division I championship after last winning it all in 2015. The Division I title has gone to either Pinkerton or Bishop Guertin (N.H.) since 2010 with Guertin taking home seven-of-nine. Pinkerton takes on Massachusetts power Medfield (Mass.) on April 12 in an inter-state game to watch. Hopkinton (N.H.) has the fourth-longest winning streak in the nation with 34 consecutive wins. They are coming off a 17-0 season. An interstate showdown between Hopkinton and Medfield on April 30 is among the highlight games on the schedule this season.
Last year’s consensus national champion, Ward Melville (N.Y.) returns with nine college commits and back-to-back Class A championships. Head coach Jay Negus needs 12 wins to reach 100 for his career. Several prominent programs will have new head coaches this season. The most notable is West Genessee (N.Y.), which will be without Mike Messere for the first time in program history. Messere won 826 games in his 42-year career. Carthage (N.Y.) will also have a new head coach after Kirk Ventiquattro stepped down after the season. Ventiquattro founded the Carthage program and spent 30 years roaming the sideline. Ventiquattro won 447 games in his career and reached the state finals three times. Jack Moran from Chaminade (N.Y.) is now the active coach with the most wins in the state. The Flyers’ coach has 535 wins and is coming off a 17-3 season in which they won the CHSAA championship. Class B champion Garden City (N.Y.) won its first title since 2013. The last time Head Coach Steve Finnell won a title, he won two straight in 2012 and 2013. Victor (N.Y.) has won three titles in the last four years, including three straight from 2015 to 2017, so look for the Blue Devils to once again be in contention. Islip (N.Y.) accomplished a lot of firsts last season. They won their first county and Long Island Championships en route to the first state title in program history. The Class C champs return three players committed to college, including goalie Devin DeGennaro. Pleasantville (N.Y.) took home the Class D title - it’s first ever state championship
Not since 2012 has a team other than La Salle (R.I.) won a Division I championship. The program has won seven overall under head coach Steve O’Donnell since 2008. O’Donnell has the most championships of any coach in state history. La Salle has a 35-game winning streak entering the year, which is tied for the longest in the state. Middletown (R.I.) won its second straight state title. It was the second Division II title and third championship overall. Chariho (R.I.) won its second consecutive championship with a 7-4 win over Ponaganset (R.I.) in the Division III title game. Chariho’s 35-game winning streak ties La Salle Academy for the longest in Rhode Island. Both team’s streaks started on April 11, 2017.
Champlain Valley (Vt.) and head coach Dave Trevithick have won six consecutive championships and seven of the last eight Division I titles. Hardwood Union (Vt.) won its first title since 2010. The Division II championship has gone to a different team every year since 2015.
Coaches Approaching Milestones
Darien (Conn.) head coach Jeff Brameier needs six wins to reach 600 for his career. He’s already Connecticut’s career wins leader.
With 16 wins, Chris Sweet of Duxbury (Mass.) will reach 400 career victories.
Brian McLaughlin needs four wins to reach 300 in his Dover-Sherborn (Mass.) career.
Glen Foster of Ipswich (Mass.) needs 17 to reach 300 for his career.
Ron Doctor of Skaneateles (N.Y.) needs two wins to become the ninth coach in New York history to reach 500.
Dave Trevithick needs 10 wins to reach 200 for his career. Trevithick took over the program in 2006 and already has the most championships of any coach in state history.
Players Approaching Milestones
Eric Bua of Revere (Mass.) needs 26 points to reach 300. Jason Child of Needham (Mass.) needs 47 points to reach 300. Michael Wellspeak from Mount Greylock (Mass.) needs 51 to 300.
Aiden Glover of Brunswick (Maine) needs 21 points to reach 300 career points and 26 to become the state’s leading-known scorer.
Brennan O’Neill needs 55 points to reach 300 career points. The St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) junior enters the season with 245 after scoring 98 last season.
If Jack Brennan can score 98 points for Irondequoit (N.Y.) this season, he’ll join the 300 Club. He has increased his scoring totals every season. He scored 59 as a freshman, followed by 70 as a sophomore and 73 last season.
Last Year’s IL Region Ranking and Results
College commits area based on the Inside Lacrosse database.
1. Ward Melville (N.Y.)
Last Year’s Record: 21-1
Result Last Year: New York Class A champions
College Commits: 9
2. Salisbury School (Conn.)
Last Year’s Record: 16-2
Result Last Year: West 1 co-champion
College Commits: 20
3. Brunswick (Conn.)
Last Year’s Record: 16-1
Result Last Year: West 1 co-champion
College Commits: 10
4. Chaminade (N.Y.)
Last Year’s Record: 17-3
Result Last Year: CHSAA champion
College Commits: 12
5. Garden City (N.Y.)
Last Year’s Record: 18-3
Result Last Year: New York Class B champion
College Commits: 5
6. Ridgefield (Conn.)
Last Year’s Record: 16-5
Result Last Year: Connecticut Class L champion
College Commits: 2
7. Darien (Conn.)
Last Year’s Record: 22-1
Result Last Year: Connecticut Class L runner-up
College Commits: 5
8. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.)
Last Year’s Record: 15-6
Result Last Year:
College Commits: 10
9. Noble & Greenough (Mass.)
Last Year’s Record: 16-4
Result Last Year: ISL co-champion (shared with Governor’s Academy (Mass.)
College Commits: 1
10. Islip (N.Y.)
Last Year’s Record: 19-2
Result Last Year: New York Class C champion
College Commits: 3
2018 Region Champions
|Class L||Ridgefield (16-5)||Darien (22-1)||9-8||Roy Colsey|
|Class M||New Fairfield (22-0)||Daniel Hand (14-7)||13-11||Marty Morgan|
|Class S||St. Joseph (13-6)||Somers (18-3)||11-6||Brendan Talbot|
|A||Thornton Academy (15-0)||Falmouth (13-2)||14-12||Ryan Hersey|
|B||Brunswick (12-3)||Greely (11-4)||14-13 OT||Don Glover|
|C||Waynflete (11-4)||Lincoln Academy (13-2)||18-4||Parker Repko|
|I||Boston College HS (20-3)||Acton Boxborough (15-8)||16-3||Steve Lydon|
|II||Reading (16-7)||Concord-Carlisle (18-6)||13-9||Charlie Hardy|
|III||Cohasset (17-6)||Dover-Sherborn (15-8)||10-6||James Beaudoin|
|ISL||Governor's Academy (14-3) & Noble & Greenough (16-4)||Steve Moreland (G) & Matt Rowley (N)|
|West I||Brunswick School (16-1) & Salisbury School (16-2)||David Bruce (B) & Bobby Wynne (S)|
|I||Pinkerton (19-2)||Bishop Guertin (20-1)||11-9||Brian O'Reilly|
|II||Derryfield (20-0)||Portsmouth (17-3)||11-6||Chris Hettler|
|III||Hopkinton (17-0)||Laconia (15-2)||13-6||Deacon Blue|
|A||Ward Melville (21-1)||West Genesee (18-3)||15-2||Jay Negus|
|B||Garden City (18-3)||Victor (20-2)||7-6||Steve Finnell|
|C||Islip (19-2)||Westhill (16-6)||9-3||Keith Schiedel|
|D||Pleasantville (21-1)||Penn Yan (15-6)||16-2||Chris Kear|
|CHSAA||Chaminade (17-3)||St. Joseph's Collegiate (17-4)||19-5||Jack Moran|
|PSAL A||Midwood (13-1)||Columbus (10-3)||11-10||Zach Alexander|
|PSAL AA||Frederick Douglas (14-2)||Hunter (11-3)||16-13||J.J. Ronchetti|
|NYSAISAA||Hackley (15-2)||Fieldston (16-3)||12-7||Chris Arnold|
|MMHSAA||St. Joseph (17-3)||Nichols (12-7)||9-4||Peter Hudecki|
|I||La Salle (19-0)||Moses Brown (15-5)||9-7||Steve O'Donnell|
|II||Middletown (14-2)||Mt. Hope (12-5)||11-9||Neal Harrell|
|III||Chariho (17-0)||Ponaganset (14-2)||7-4||Ryan Meade|
|I||Champlain Valley Union (17-1)||Bellows Free (12-5)||16-6||Dave Trevithick|
|II||Harwood Union (17-0)||U-32 (9-8)||10-1||Russell Beilke|
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