Boys’ players to watch
►Hunter Arnold , Acton-Boxborough: The senior attack will cap his high school athletic career by captaining the Colonials, just as he did the football and hockey teams. His breakout 2013 campaign — during which he notched 41 goals and 40 assists to lead the team in points — led to Dual County League all-star honors. “If he can do the same thing, we’re completely happy with that,” A-B coach Patrick Ammendolia said. “But he’s another year older, so maybe he can do a little bit better.”
►Matt Crowell , Medfield: The Warriors return nine of their top 10 scorers, and the senior midfielder — a second-team All-American and Globe All-Scholastic last season — is chief among them after 58 goals and 15 assists en route to Medfield’s Division 2 state championship appearance. Coach John Isaf pointed to Crowell’s “cannon” of a shot from both sides as the reason opposing teams often have to game plan around him.
►Mike Panepinto , Needham: With older brother Nico graduated and playing at Fairfield, Panepinto will look to build on his first-team All-American and Globe All-Scholastic junior campaign. Although he posted 64 points (44 goals, 20 assists) out of the midfield and won more than 50 percent of his faceoffs, Panepinto recently withdrew his commitment to play lacrosse at UMass to focus on football.
►John Sexton , Lincoln-Sudbury: The senior defenseman will try to make it four Dual County League All-Star selections in a row before heading off to the University of Notre Dame to play lacrosse for the Fighting Irish. Widely considered one of the best in the state at his position, Sexton was the only EMass defender last year to be named a first-team All-American as a junior.
►Roby Williams , Wayland: After collecting 69 points (47 goals, 22 assists) as a junior, in turn helping the Warriors to a 17-3 regular season under first-year coach Joel Bates, Williams was named a second-team All-American. Now he’s back as a second-year captain with something to prove after a Division 2 East quarterfinal loss.
Healey’s Top 10 boys’ teams
(Records final from 2013)
1. Lincoln-Sudbury (18-3); Warriors lost to Xaverian in Division 1 final
2. Acton-Boxborough (18-5); A big senior class is strong in all areas of the field
3. Needham (17-3); The second seed in Division 1 East fell in quarterfinals
4. Medfield (22-4); Warriors return 30 players, including 20 seniors
5. Dover-Sherborn (19-4); The two-time Division 3 champion
6. Wayland (19-4); Warriors had 11-game turnaround in Joel Bates’s first year as coach
7. St. John’s Shrewsbury (19-4); Pioneers lost to Longmeadow in Division 2 state semis
8. Shrewsbury (17-6); Colonials have advanced one round further each of last four seasons
9. Concord-Carlisle (13-6); Patriots will have to replace injured All-American Nick Brozowski
10. Wellesley (16-5); Inexperienced Raiders are moving up to Division 1
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