---- — A Haverhill senior burst onto the scene to become one of the area’s top goalies. A Londonderry junior was named the top defender in Division 1. Pinkerton returned to the Division 1 championship game to take on rival Bishop Guertin.
It was quite a year for local boys high school lacrosse. And now it is time to hand out some hardware ...
Team of the Year: Pinkerton
Despite another loss to Bishop Guertin in the Division 1 state title game, the Astros had another fine season.
What makes Pinkerton special year in and year out is that it understands the concept of team. Not just one player scores an outrageous number of goals for the Astros. They always have numerous threats on offense.
Pinkerton received goals from eight different players in its 12-2 playoff victory over Nashua South and eight different scorers in its 14-5 semifinal victory over Souhegan.
The Astros placed a remarkable six different players on the Division 1 first team: attackers Josh Gallant and Dominic Corsetto, midfielders Jake Lisauskas and Brendan Megan, defender Sean Conroy and goalie Ken Sturgess.
Out of nowhere award: Jeff Trovato
Trovato was Windham’s goalie two springs ago. Last year, he was a Division 3 honorable mention field player. This year, he was second-team All-State. He pumped in 44 goals and added 40 assists for 84 points. He won 61 percent of his faceoffs and collected 120 grounballs.
Trovato also stars in the classroom. The senior graduated with a 3.9 GPA and will attend Boston University.
Newcomer of Year: Zach Grundy, Haverhill
Grundy certainly had the best of any of promising newcomers listed in boys lacrosse preview section of The Eagle-Tribune. Grundy, a senior goalie, had a sensational 66 percent save percentage. He stopped 205 shots in all this spring.
Most Improved Team: Central Catholic
Central had a 4-14 record in 2011 and a 3-17 mark last year. But the team took a step in the right direction this year, posting a 9-9 record and making the postseason for the first time since 2010.
Big props to Central senior defender Thomas Jenoski who was named the MVC Division 2 Player of the Year.
Unsung Defensive Player: Jon Soldano
Saldano didn’t receive much ink this year, but the Salem senior midfield was quite a talented defensive player who also added 11 goals and 12 assists. He will play at Lyndon State College last year.
Unsung Offensive Player: Rob Hart
The Londonderry senior was quite the scorer throughout his high school career, but he went a little under the radar this year because he missed seven games with an injury. In the 12 games he did play, Hart scored 42 goals and added 12 assists for 54 points. He netted 99 goals combined between his junior and senior years.
Hart is set to attend Keene State where he will play soccer and lacrosse.
Most Inspirational:Jake Diaz
Senior Jake Diaz was terrific as Pelham’s goalie and he showed all athletes out there it is never too late to go out for lacrosse. He actually didn’t begin lacrosse until his freshman year.
“I was in gym class with (Matt) Regan, the coach of the lacrosse team,” Diaz said. “We were playing some game and he noticed kind of my quick reactions to seeing the ball because I was playing goalie.
“And so he actually asked me to play as a freshman. So I decided to try it out. The goalie coach Andrew Keegan has worked with me a lot.”
Most Interesting:Hunter Tyrrell
The Andover junior midfielder is a talented two-way midfielder who was named All-MVC. But his real talent and passion is in freestyle skiing.
Tyrrell is a rider for HG Ski, an east coast premier ski company based out of Burlington, Vt., which sponsors him and provides him with new ski equipment every year.
Deserving of More Ink: Eric Coburn
The Londonderry junior deserved more ink in The Eagle-Tribune this year. Coburn earned the Division 1 Defender of the Year. He scored six goals and added 16 assists (22 points) while also collecting 111 ground balls.
Hustle Award:Mike O’Brien
The North Reading senior midfielder hardly leaves the field. He typically plays all but 3 minutes per game and usually is assigned to cover the other team’s best offensive midfielder.
Remarkably, he graduated as the third leading scorer in program history with 98 goals and 53 assists for 151 points despite not playing lacrosse his freshman year.
Most Improved Player: Anthony Gallo
The Windham sophomore midfield had a sensational freshman year with 42 goals. But he improved vastly this year, pumping in 78 goals and adding 29 assists. He set a Windham record for points and goals in a season.
Best Regular Season Game: Pat Rodden
The Whittier Tech goalie had some amazing games, but arguably his best work was against Greater Lowell when recorded 18 saves in a 12-1 victory April 10. Later in the season, he made 19 saves in a 10-2 victory over the same team.
Best Game: Georgetown beats Triton
Neil Murphy set up in front of the net, took a pass from Jared Warren and fired home the goal in double overtime that gave Georgetown a 6-5 victory over Triton on April 10.
Georgetown goalie JoJo Mangano made a remarkable 18 saves.
Best Name:Cosmo Capobianco
The North Andover senior goalie not only has the best name in the area, but also had a tremendous season. He was named an MVC All-Star and had some sensational games, including stopping 15 shots in a 7-6 win over Hingham on April 16.
1. Pinkerton 19-2
2. Andover 14-6
3. North Andover 15-7
4. North Reading 15-7
5. Phillips 10-6
Honorable mention: Pentucket 13-7, Londonerry 10-9, Pelham 12-4