Five boys’ lacrosse players to watch
Tommy Galvin , Canton: The senior attack had 25 points last year, and the Bulldogs will be asking for a lot more this season after losing four of their top five scorers from a year ago.
Nick Marrocco , Duxbury: Fresh off a Super 8 run on the ice, the All-Scholastic goalie will return to the net, where he stopped 67 percent of shots last season as a junior.
Jon Nassif , Hanover: Indians coach Paul Zaylor is hopeful the senior midfielder can carry over his play from last year’s tournament into this season. If he can, Nassif could “become a beast” with speed, power, and a strong shot, according to Zaylor.
Luc Valenza , Foxborough: After joining the varsity as a sophomore, the now-senior defenseman is still learning the game, according to coach Matt Noone. Given his athletic strengths and his ability to run the field, that is a scary thought for opponents.
Jack Wheeler , Xaverian: The senior midfielder shined in last year’s Division 1 East final, scoring four times in a 9-5 win over Lincoln-Sudbury before earning All-Scholastic honors. Before heading to Boston University next year, Wheeler will help his Hawks defend their first D1 title.
Feldman’s Top 10 boys’ teams
(Listed with final 2013 record)
1. Xaverian (21-4): Coming off first D1 East title
2. Duxbury (16-6): Ended last year with overtime loss to New York’s Garden City High
3. Hingham (21-4): After losing four starters, the Harbormen are confident
4. Cohasset (17-4): Always a threat in Division 3
5. Marshfield (18-5): Coach Jake Jones is in Year 3 of what he calls his “five-year plan”
6. Scituate (11-10): Must replace Tucker Ciessau, the school’s all-time leading scorer
7. Foxborough (13-8): An early favorite in the Hockomock League
8. Hanover (13-7): Finished last season on a 5-1 streak
9. Bridgewater-Raynham (16-4): Will try to sustain momentum after statement season
10. Canton (18-2): Has a lot to replace after the best year in school history