2019 HockomockSports.com Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year
Franklin senior midfielder Jacob Alexander has been selected as the 2019 HockomockSports.com Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year. Alexander was instrumental in leading the Panthers to their seventh straight Kelley-Rex division title and was one of the most dominant face-off specialists in the state over the past four years.
|Jacob Alexander (HockomockSports.com photo)|
Alexander dominated at the face-off ‘X’ yet again, winning 357 out of 410 draws this year, for an eye-popping 87.1% success rate in the regular season. He has been widely regarded as the top face-off specialist in the state over the past couple of seasons, earning Hockomock League MVP for 2019 and first team All American for the second straight season.
“There have been a lot of great players that have come through the Hockomock League but there hasn’t been anyone as dominant as Jacob has been at the face-off ‘X,'” said HockomockSports.com Editor-in-Chief Ryan Lanigan. “Despite being very good early on, Jacob continued to get better and better each season. While he never led the league in scoring, his impact on the game was colossal and gave Franklin a gigantic advantage.”
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HockomockSports First Team
Will Davis – Franklin – Goalie
|Will Davis (HockomockSports.com photo)|
Patrick Morrison – Franklin – Defense
|Patrick Morrison (HockomockSports.com photo)|
Will Harvey – Franklin – Midfield
|Will Harvey (HockomockSports.com photo)|
Jake Davis – Franklin – Attack
|Jake Davis (HockomockSports.com photo)|
Matt Lazzaro – Franklin – Attack
|Matt Lazzaro (HockomockSports.com photo)|
HockomockSports Second Team
Liam Arsenault – Franklin – Defense
|Liam Arsenault (HockomockSports.com photo)|
Nitin Chaudhury – Franklin – Midfield
|Nitin Chaudhury (HockomockSports.com photo)|
Ben Kolb – Franklin – Midfield
|Ben Kolb (HockomockSports.com photo)|
Ben Greco – Franklin – Attack
|Ben Greco (HockomockSports.com photo)|
Underclassman of the Year
Franklin sophomore attack Matt Lazzaro has been selected as the 2019 HockomockSports.com Boys Lacrosse Underclassman of the Year. After a solid freshman campaign, Lazzaro had a breakout season and emerged as one of the most lethal goal scorers in both the Hockomock League and in the state.
|Matt Lazzaro Underclassman of the Year (HockomockSports.com photo)|
Lazzaro, who was also selected to the HockomockSports.com First Team, a Hockomock League All Star, and a First Team All American, was one of the most dangerous players with the ball in his possession. Not only could he take defensemen on by himself and score but he also was one of the top passers in the league, finishing second in the Hockomock League in helpers (48 in the regular season).
“Matt was one of the most talented players on the field this season across the Hockomock League,” said HockomockSports.com Editor-in-Chief Ryan Lanigan. “It’s rare that you have a player that is so good at scoring yet is also one of the most unselfish players. That combination makes him one of the best players in the area.”
Coach of the Year
Franklin head coach Lou Verrochi has been named the 2019 HockomockSports.com Boys Lacrosse Coach of the Year after guiding the Panthers to another league title, their seventh straight, and to their second appearance in the Div. 1 South semifinal, which is the furthest that the program has made it.
|Lou Verrochi (HockomockSports photo)|
“Lou continues to build the Franklin program into a state power,” said HockomockSports.com Managing Editor Josh Perry. “By loading the schedule with some of the top teams in the state, the Panthers are no longer just a dominant team in the Hock but are now regularly considered a threat in the state as a whole.”
The Panthers went 18-3 this season and all three losses were by a single goal, including two in double overtime. All three losses were to teams that reached a sectional final. Franklin scored 310 goals, which was nearly 60 more than the second highest total in the league, and allowed only 113, also best in the Hock. Franklin won two playoff games and only a last-second loss to perennial power Duxbury cost the Panthers a chance at their first South final. Franklin also garnered three All-American nods and led the league in all-star selections.
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