April 16, 2013

Boys' lacrosse preview

15 Players to Watch

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Scarborough’s John Wheeler leaps over the Marshwood defense to score one of his Class A-leading 51 goals last season. Back for his senior year, Wheeler is one reason the perennial powerhouse Red Storm are talking about a fourth consecutive championship. Wheeler, an All American selection, had 31 assists last year.

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Cape Elizabeth’s Alex Bornick, 31, shown vying for position against Greely’s Tim Storey last year, is among the players who should keep the Capers among the 2013 contenders.

2012 File Photo/John Ewing

Alex Bornick, Cape Elizabeth senior: A lightning quick attackman, Bornick scored 35 goals and had 25 assists last spring.

Nicco DeLorenzo, Kennebunk junior: A long-stick middie, DeLorenzo picked up a team-high 120 ground balls and forced 47 turnovers last season.

Charley Fay, Falmouth senior: Tall and deceptively fast as a midfielder, Fay has a cannon for a shot and the skills to consistently finish.

Dan Giroux, Thornton Academy junior: A shut-down defender, Giroux picked up 35 ground balls and had 10 takeaways while covering each opponent's top attacker last season.

Drew Grout, Yarmouth senior: An all-WMC pick last season after picking up 28 ground balls, Grout is back for his third season in the starting lineup.

Moe Hellier, South Portland junior: A difference maker, Hellier is back for a second season in net after stopping 189 shots and compiling a 68 percent saves percentage last spring.

Sven Jacobson, Greely senior: In his fourth varsity season, Jacobson is a big, strong close defender who is tough to get around.

Chris Mrvichin, Brunswick junior: Fundamentally sound, Mrvichen will anchor the Dragons' defense in his first varsity season in goal.

Alexander Paulus, Morse senior: Last spring, Paulus scored 53 goals and had 35 assists to lead the Shipbuilders in scoring for the third consecutive season.

David Pearson, Scarborough senior: Back for his third season between the pipes, Pearson stopped 77 percent of shots and compiled a 3.27 goals-against average last spring.

Jacob Scammon, North Yarmouth Academy senior: A midfielder, Scammon led the Panthers in scoring last season with 33 goals and nine assists.

Matt Scremin, Marshwood senior: Scremin, who scored 19 goals last season, is expected to make up for the loss of the Hawks' two top scorers from a year ago.

I.V. Stucker, Falmouth junior: A transfer from Plano, Texas, Stucker, an attackman, grew up playing the game in lacrosse-mad Maryland.

Jack Sutton, Cheverus junior: A quick and savvy middie, Sutton possesses a hard shot that he can unleash with either hand.

John Wheeler, Scarborough senior: An All-American, Wheeler led all of Class A in scoring last season with 51 goals and 31 assists.

5 Teams to Watch

1. Scarborough: The Red Storm have enough firepower to gun for fourth consecutive Class A state championship.

2. Greely: Talented depth at both ends of the field could make the Rangers a powerhouse in Western Class B.

3. Falmouth: An explosive offense should keep the Yachtsmen in line for a third consecutive trip to the Class B final.

4. Cape Elizabeth: A solid defense should keep the Capers in contention for their first trip to the Class B state final since 2010.

5. Brunswick: The young Dragons have enough speed in the lineup to contend for their first Eastern Class A title since 2009.

-- Paul Betit, Staff Writer


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