Sunday, July 8, 2018

FHS Civetti, McGrath, Tanner, Alexander, O'Rourke, Choudhury, and Davis recognized for Hockomock Boys Lacrosse All Stars

Please note that the awards are selected by our staff. They are completely separate from the Hockomock League All-Stars. Players are listed alphabetically by position.

"Franklin senior attacker Eric Civetti has been selected as the 2018 Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year. It’s the second straight year Civetti has been selected for the award, making him for the second two-time winner for boys lacrosse and fifth overall two-time Player of the Year recipient across all sports. 
Civetti led the Hockomock League in points for the third straight season, finishing with a league-best 82 goals as well as 32 assists for 114 points in the regular season. He finishes his career with 396 points, the most in Hockomock League history. 
“Last year I said Eric was one of the most gifted players the league has seen but now it’s safe to say he is the most gifted offensive player to ever play in the Hock,” said Editor-in-Chief Ryan Lanigan. “Every single team planned their defense around him, yet he still found ways to score or set up teammates.” 
Civetti was named a Hockomock League all-star for the fourth straight season and became the first two-time Eastern Mass. All-American in Hock history."
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Franklin senior attacker Eric Civetti has been selected as the 2018 Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year
Franklin senior attacker Eric Civetti has been selected
as the 2018 Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year


Jack McGrath – Franklin – Defense
Franklin senior Jack McGrath emerged as one of the Panthers’ go-to options on defense this season. Franklin, which won its sixth straight Kelley-Rex title this season, relied on McGrath (committed to UNE) for his strong groundball and clearing skills. Franklin’s defense was among the best in the state with just 5.15 goals allowed per game. “Jack had a great year for us,” said Franklin coach Lou Verrochi. “He created fits for the attackman he covered all season. He had aggressive and accurate stick checks as well as good ground and clearing skills.”

Chase Tanner – Franklin – Midfield
Franklin senior Chase Tanner was a vital part of the Panthers’ midfield this season and provided some power to the offense. With the majority of Franklin’s attack coming up with goals in close, Tanner provided the Panthers with a powerful shot from distance. The senior midfielder, who has one of the hardest shots in the area, finished the regular season with 20 goals and eight assists. “Chase had the hardest shot on the team,” said Franklin coach Lou Verrochi. “He was a real tough cover up top on the man up and scored multiple goals against the best teams we played.”

Eric Civetti – Franklin – Attack
Franklin senior Eric Civetti capped an outstanding career with another stellar season for the Kelley-Rex division champion Panthers. Civetti led the Hockomock League in scoring for the third straight year, finishing the regular season with 82 goals and 32 assists for 114 points. He finished his four-year career with 396 points, the most in Hockomock history. He was named Player of the Year (see above) for the second straight season. “Eric is totally dedicated to improving, he spent endless hours working on his game,” said Franklin coach Lou Verrochi.

Jacob Alexander – Franklin – FOGO
Franklin junior Jacob Alexander was stellar at the face off ‘X’ for the Panthers once again this season. Alexander’s dominance was a big reason that Franklin averaged the fifth most goals (13.2) per game in the entire state this season. He’s won an unbelievable 83.6% of his face-offs in his career and was named a first-team All American for his efforts. Alexander, committed to Bryant, finished the regular season with five goals and 15 assists. “He’s the best FOGO we’ve ever had and a major reason for our continued success,” said Franklin head coach Lou Verrochi. “He gives us so many possessions.”


Connor O’Rourke – Franklin – Goalie
Franklin senior Connor O’Rourke was a steady presence in the cage for the Panthers this season. O’Rourke anchored a defensive unit that allowed just 5.15 goals per game, good for eighth best in the entire state. He is committed to play at Colorado College next season and finished his career at Franklin with a 5.00 goals against average. “His nickname is ‘Rock’ and that’s what he has been for us for three years,” said Franklin coach Lou Verrochi. “Connor is a very cerebral goalie, excellent on clears, ground balls, and running the defense. He was a pleasure to coach.”

Will Harvey – Franklin – Defense
Franklin junior Will Harvey emerged as one of the top short-stick defensive midfielders in the Hock this season. Harvey made the move from Franklin’s second midfield unit to play SSDM, a move that helped the Panthers have one of the top goals against averages (5.15) in the state. “Will is one of the best, if not the best, SSDM’s I’ve ever coached,” said Franklin coach Lou Verrochi. “His defensive IQ is outstanding and he was assigned to the top offensive mid on every team we played.”

Nitin Chaudhury – Franklin – Midfield
Franklin junior Nitin Chaudhury continued to be one of the most underrated players in the Hock during the 2018 season. Chaudhury does all of the dirty work in the midfield and is one of the most unselfish players in the league. “He’s an absolute ankle breaker, one of the most shifty mids we’ve ever had,” said Franklin coach Lou Verrochi. “He’s great on ground balls, on wing play during face-offs, and has great vision, so unselfish, unselfish always looking for one more pass. He’s a captain-elect for next season and a tremendous leader by example.”

Jake Davis – Franklin – Midfield
Franklin sophomore Jake Davis emerged as a top offensive threat in the league this season, helping his Panthers to a sixth straight Kelley-Rex division title. After recording 19 points as a freshman, Davis took on a much larger role this season and responded with 32 goals and 23 assists, finishing with 55 points (second on the team). “He’s an outstanding attackman,” said Franklin coach Lou Verrochi. “When teams shut off Eric [Civetti], Jake took over the scoring load. He has a very accurate and hard shot, and a tremendous lacrosse IQ.”

For all the remainder of the All-Star selections

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