Monday, June 26, 2017

Civetti, Alexander, among FHS boys lacrosse awards

Hockomock Sports has published the 2017 season ending awards for boys lacrosse.

"Franklin junior attacker Eric Civetti has been selected as the 2017 Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year. Civetti paced the Panthers’ powerful offense and helped Franklin clinch its fifth straight Kelley-Rex division title, going a perfect 11-0 in league play. 
“Eric is one of the most gifted offensive players that the Hockomock has seen in recent history,” said Editor-in-Chief Ryan Lanigan. “Even with opposing defenses putting plenty of attention on him, he still found a way to score.” 
For the second straight year, Civetti led the Hockomock League in scoring. He scored a league-best 79 goals – more than 20 more than the next player on the list – and added 21 assists for a league-high 100 points in 2017. He also scored four goals in Franklin’s opening playoff game against Xaverian."

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2017 Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year Eric Civetti
2017 Hockomock Sports. com Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year Eric Civetti


Connor O’Rourke – Franklin – Goalie
Franklin junior Connor O’Rourke continued to impress between the pipes for the Kelley-Rex division champion Panthers. O’Rourke recorded 169 saves on the season and was among the league leaders in save percentage (64%). O’Rourke was also voted a Hockomock League All Star by the coaches. “He’s an outstanding ball stopper and tremendous clearer of the ball, he was our Team MVP voted on by the players,” said Franklin head coach Lou Verrochi. “He’s a major reason for our success the past two years.”

Wyatt Arsenault – Franklin – Defense
Franklin senior Wyatt Arsenault was a big reason why the Panthers posted yet another perfect league record and emerged as a top team in the state. The Panthers were incredibly impressive in league games, allowing just 22 goals in 11 games. Arsenault played a big role in helping Franklin record three shutouts and was among the best in the league at clearances and ground balls. “Wyatt is a steady, cerebral defender that is very tough to beat one-on-one,” said FHS coach Lou Verrochi. “He’s constantly calling out defensive responsibilities to his teammates.”

Packie Watson – Franklin – Midfield
Franklin senior Packie Watson was a key piece for the Panthers, who clinched their fifth straight Kelley-Rex division title. Not only was Watson, a four-year varsity player, a threat on the offensive end with 23 goals and 20 assists, he was an outstanding wing player on face offs. His leadership played a big role in Franklin’s cerebral offense. He will play at Springfield College next year. “Packie is a coach’s dream. He’s a throwback two-way midfielder and one of the best team leaders we’ve ever had at FHS, respected by all the coaches and players in the league.”

Eric Civetti – Franklin – Attack
Franklin junior Eric Civetti was once again one of the best offensive players in the league during the 2017 season. After a strong freshman year in 2015, Civetti has been the league leader in points each of the last two seasons. This year, he finished the regular season with an even 100 points — 79 goals and 21 assists. Civetti scored four goals in Franklin’s opening playoff game against Xaverian. The junior, already committed to Rutgers University, has compiled 280 points already in his three years on varsity with one season remaining.

Jacob Alexander – Franklin – FOGO
Franklin sophomore Jacob Alexander continued his dominance at the face off X during the 2017 season. One of the reasons that Franklin posted a perfect 11-0 record in league play and an impressive 16-4 record in the regular season is because Alexander dominated at face offs, giving the Panthers possession after possession. Alexander won 330 of the 387 draws he took, an incredible 85% success rate. He was also selected as the Underclassman of the Year. “Jacob is one of the best FOGO’s in the entire state,” said FHS coach Lou Verrochi.


Patrick Morrison – Franklin – Defense
Franklin sophomore Patrick Morrison followed up a strong rookie season with another impressive year in 2017. One of the smartest defenders in the league, Morrison was quick to turn defense into offense. His size and IQ gave him the advantage over many opposing attackmen. The sophomore, who is committed to Rutgers, scooped up 64 ground balls and was responsible for a lot of turnovers. “He’s an outstanding defender, he covered all the best attackmen from teams we faced this year,” said Franklin head coach Lou Verrochi. “He’s threat to score any time he clears the ball.”

Sam Arsenault – Franklin – Midfield
Franklin senior Sam Arsenault might not have been in a lot of the headlines, but was a vital part of Franklin’s division winning squad this season. Arsenault was a big reason that the Panthers’ offense – which was the highest producing unit in the league – fired on all cylinders. “Eric [Civetti] may have produced more points but Sam did all the little things that often went undetected like backing up shots, the feeds and setting picks among other things,” said Franklin head coach Lou Verrochi. “He would have been the top attackman on many teams we played this season.”

Nitin Chaudhury – Franklin – Utility
Franklin junior Nitin Chaudhury was an X-factor for the Kelley-Rex winning Panthers in 2017. Whether it was on the offensive end or the defensive side, Chaudhury always seemed to make plays. He developed into a very dangerous player on the offensive end, finishing the season with 25 goals and 10 assists. “He’s one of the most dynamic midfield dodgers in the state,” said Franklin head coach Lou Verrochi. “Some teams put a shutoff on him because of it. There’s absolutely no quit in him, he can run all day.”

2017 Boys Lacrosse Underclassman of the Year Jacob Alexander
2017 Hockomock Sports .com Boys Lacrosse Underclassman of the Year Jacob Alexander

Franklin sophomore midfielder Jacob Alexander has been selected as the 2017 Boys Lacrosse Underclassman of the Year. Alexander was by far the best face off specialist in the Hockomock League and was one of the best in the entire state this season.
Alexander, who was selected to the First Team for the second straight season, dominated throughout the entire year. His ability to earn possession to start the game, or to keep possession to help the Panthers make a run, played a big role in Franklin clinching its fifth straight Kelley-Rex division title with an undefeated (11-0) league record.

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