Boys Lacrosse: Ten Players to Watch for 2018

Hockomock Boys Lacrosse Players to Watch
Mansfield senior Hunter Ferreira (3) will be one of the players to watch when the new Hockomock League boys lacrosse season kicks off. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

By HockomockSports.com Staff

Players are listed alphabetically

Jake Addeche, Senior- Foxboro

In a league that has been very deep at goalie for the past several seasons, Foxboro senior goalie Jake Addeche has emerged as one of the standout performers between the pipes and helped the Warriors hold teams to the third fewest goals scored in the league last season, including a pair of shutouts. The Hofstra University-commit is an athletic shot-stopper who makes saves even when it seems like he might be out of position. With quick hands and fearlessness in the face of attackers on the edge of the crease, Addeche made 185 saves last spring, which was among the best in the league. He is also solid in distribution and more than willing to carry the ball upfield if he can’t find an open teammate. With Addeche behind a solid defensive unit, Foxboro will be hoping to return to the top of the Davenport standings.

Jacob Alexander, Junior- Franklin

He may not score many goals or rack up many assists, but Franklin junior FOGO Jacob Alexander can dominate games and the reigning HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year has even been inserted in the MVP conversation for the edge he gives the Panthers at the face-off ‘X’. Alexander won 330-of-387 draws that he took last year, which is a remarkable 85 percent success rate. That means countless extra possessions for the potent Franklin attack and one of the reasons for Franklin winning a fifth straight league title. While not the biggest FOGO in the state, the Bryant University-commit uses his speed and technique to give Franklin a giant edge every game.

Eric Civetti, Senior- Franklin

Reigning HockomockSports.com Player of the Year and league MVP Eric Civetti returns for his senior season to once again lead the attack for Franklin, which is setting its sights on a sixth straight Kelley-Rex division title and a deep tournament run. As a junior, Civetti led the league in points for the second straight season with 79 goals and 21 assists. He had 20 more goals than the second-best player in the league. He has already compiled 280 points in three years on varsity. The Rutgers University-commit has the combination of strength to battle along the crease, a powerful shot from distance, and the vision to get his teammates involved in the attack. He has also shown the ability to score against the top teams, as his four goals against Xaverian in the tournament showed.

Colin DeVellis, Junior – King Philip

King Philip junior attacker Colin DeVellis has been a strong offensive threat for the Warriors in each of his two seasons on varsity and emerged last year as one of the top scorers in the league working with then senior Tim Watson. DeVellis scored 24 goals and finished the season with 37 assists, which was second best in the league. Using his speed to cause havoc in opposing defenses, DeVellis became the point guard for the KP attack, showing off the ability to create his own shot but also the vision to find cutting teammates and create scoring chances for others. DeVellis will have to take on even more responsibility this season as KP tries to unseat Franklin in the league standings.

Hunter Ferreira, Senior- Mansfield

Mansfield senior Hunter Ferreira was a dominant force in the midfield last season for the Hornets, leading the team in goals with 34 and finishing second on the team with 19 assists. His 53 points was fifth best in the Hockomock and he helped Mansfield make a return to the state tournament. Much as he does on the gridiron, Ferreira uses his size and speed to create openings to get a shot off and there are few defenders in the league that can out-physical him near the crease. He has proven to be a top finisher and the combination of Ferreira and Joe Cox (who is returning from an injury) will give the Hornets a dynamic duo in midfield that teams will struggle to match-up with.

Ryan Hazard, Junior – Milford

Although Milford only won once in the league last season, the Hawks boasted one of the Hockomock’s top goal scorers. Junior midfielder Ryan Hazard scored 41 goals during his sophomore season, which was third-best in the league. He also added 10 assists, meaning he was involved in more than half of his team’s 95 goals on the season. Milford will be hoping for similar production again this spring, as the Hawks try to climb up the league standings. Hazard’s combination of skill and speed made him a threat to even the top defenses and he will try to connect with classmate Nick Lurie and senior Andrew Gallagher to make the Hawks attack even more potent this year.

Eric LeBlanc, Senior- Oliver Ames

Oliver Ames senior forward Eric LeBlanc is coming off a season in which he finished in the top 10 in goals scored in the league and his scoring touch will be counted on by OA this spring as it tries to make a run at a state tournament spot. LeBlanc scored 30 goals last year, good for eighth in the league, and also added 13 assists in an all-star caliber season. LeBlanc is a dynamic playmaker who uses his speed to create looks for himself and his teammates and he will once again be the focal point for the Tigers this season under first-year head coach Ben Devlin.

Tom Lockavitch, Senior- North Attleboro

North Attleboro had one of the stingiest defenses in the state last season and one of the reasons for the Rocketeers’ ability to lock down opposing attacks was the play of senior Tom Lockavitch. North allowed a league-low 77 goals last season and only 4.05 goals per game, which was the second best total in the state. Lockavitch, who was on the HockomockSports.com First Team last spring, provides good reading of the game and solid stick-work to battle some of the top attackers in the league. With Lockavitch back in the defense again this season, North will try to build on last year’s Davenport division title, which was the first league title in program history.

Mike Shaw, Junior – Canton

Canton junior attacker Mike Shaw may not be the biggest forward that opposing defenses have to face this season, but he is among the quickest and he has shown the ability in his two varsity seasons to be able to withstand the physical play and score goals for the Bulldogs. Shaw was second on the team with 21 goals and 40 points and had a team-high 19 assists, many times playing from behind the opponent’s goal to pick out open teammates. Although many of the defenders he faces will have a size advantage, Shaw has the vision to pick out the right pass and create scoring opportunities, while also demonstrating a range of finishes when he gets space. With Shaw picking up some of the scoring load, Canton will look to challenge again for the league title.

Pat Stapleton, Junior – Foxboro

Defense has been the key to the success for Foxboro under head coach Matt Noone and junior Pat Stapleton has stepped in to become one of the Warriors top defensive players in his two years on the varsity. Stapleton was a HockomockSports.com Second Team selection last year after helping Foxboro finish the season with the third fewest goals allowed in the league, including a pair of shutouts and three other league opponents held to three or fewer goals. Stapleton is a solid one-on-one defender, has the quickness to make plays across the defensive zone, and the ability to carry the ball up into the midfield when needed. His partnership with classmate Brendan Tully is a formidable back line that Foxboro will lean on again this spring as it attempts to get back on top in the Davenport division.

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