lacrosse players to watch
Johnny Aylward , Tewksbury: The senior attack is coming off a a 66-goal, 30-assist season for the Redmen.
Jay Drapeau , Westford: Coming off a 71-goal, 35-assist campaign with 53 ground balls, the senior attack is poised for a strong finish before heading off to Loyola University. He is the program’s all-time leading scorer with 303 points (216 goals, 87 assists).
Andrew Gallahue , St. John’s Prep: The junior attack, a Villanova University recruit, led the Eagles in scoring last season with 56 points.
Kevin Lally , Beverly: The senior goalie was stellar a year ago, compiling a 19-4 mark (238 saves, .672 save percentage) in which he was named the Northeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
Tom Stabile , North Andover: A four-year starter and Merrimack Valley Conference all-star last season, the senior midfielder is a strong two-way threat on offense and face-offs.
Saade’s Top 10 boys’ teams
(Listed with final 2013 record)
1. St. John’s Prep (13-7): The Eagles return a deep, veteran core that includes six college recruits.
2. Billerica (16-7): The Indians return two of their top four scorers — junior attack Danny Lynch and sophomore attack Drew Laundry — and five starters from a squad that lost in the Division 1 East quarterfinals last year.
3. Westford (13-9): The Grey Ghosts welcome back four of their top five scorers from last spring.
4. Reading (19-3): After last year’s run to the D2 semifinals, the Rockets return senior long-stick middie Ray Cozzi.
5. Beverly (19-5): The Panthers graduated their top four scorers, but four starters are back.
6. Andover (14-6): Senior midfielder Hunter Tyrrell is the headliner for the Golden Warriors.
7. Winchester (15-6): The Sachems welcome back their top two defenders from a squad that reached the Division 2 quarterfinals.
8. Marblehead (17-4): After the program’s most successful season in recent memory, the Magicians return five starters.
9. Austin Prep (18-3): Junior hockey star Robert Carpenter anchors a talented young core.
10. North Andover (15-7): In his second season, Ryan Connolly was the Merrimack Valley Conference’s Coach of the Year last spring.