Warrior/USL High School Boys' Players of the Week (May 1)

(PHOTO OF JUSTIN LUGO BY ROBIN KNOWLES)


The Warrior/US Lacrosse Players of the Week are named each Tuesday to recognize the most outstanding individual performances in high school boys' lacrosse in each of the five regions — Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South, Midwest and West — outlined in our high school coverage.

Northeast

Jack Billiter, McQuaid Jesuit (N.Y.)

The senior attackman totaled 13 goals and two assists in two games last week. He scored six goals in a loss to St. Joseph (N.Y.) and then had seven goals and two assists in a 15-3 win over Livonia-Avon. Billitier now has scored at least two goals in every game this season. He has 37 goals and seven assists in nine games.

Also notable: Jake Bonomi, St. Anthony’s (N.Y.); PJ Clementi, Harborfields (N.Y.)

— Will Cleveland

Mid-Atlantic

Daniel Kelly, Calvert Hall (Md.)

In what could have been a must-win for Calvert Hall last week, Kelly came up big. The attackman scored the first three goals of the game and finished with five in a 13-7 win over Severn (Md.). Severn was coming off a win over Boys’ Latin (Md.) and a Cardinal loss would have put them in a four-way tie in the conference. The top six teams get into the playoffs and the regular season ends next week.

Also notable: Liam Bateman, Loyola-Blakefield (Md.); John-Gage Collier, Annapolis Area Christian School (Md.); Luke Roselli, Upper Dublin (Pa.); Matt Campbell, Delbarton (N.J.)

— Mike Loveday

South

Justin Lugo, St. Andrew’s (Fla.)

The senior goalie was the standout in a defensive battle with previous No. 2 Oxbridge Academy (Fla.) last week in a Florida High School Athletic Association regional quarterfinal. Lugo had 16 saves, including 11 in the first half, to preserve a 6-5 win for the Scots. For the season, Lugo has 135 saves with just 72 goals allowed for a .652 save percentage.

Also notable: Graham Schwartz, Middle Creek (N.C.); Riley Seay, Oceanside Collegiate (S.C.); Jack Shipman, Wando (S.C.); Jake Kiefer, Bishop Moore (Fla.); Colton Rudd, South Forsyth (Ga.); Aidan Callahan, Green Hope (N.C.); Brooks Baro, McIntosh (Ga.).

— Aimee Ford Foster






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Midwest

Alec Stathakis, Culver Military Academy (Ind.)

The junior’s job is to win faceoffs, and he excels at them better than nearly anyone around. Last week, he won 52 of 55 faceoffs in wins over Everest Academy (Ontario), New Trier (Ill.) and Lake Forest (Ill.). Going into the week, he had won over 80 percent of his faceoffs. He also added three goals last week in a trio of Culver Academy victories. The 2019 grad is committed to Denver.

Also notable: Graham Bundy Jr., MICDS (Mo.); Andrew Forsyth, Loyola Academy (Ill.); Austin Madronic, Culver Military Academy (Ind.); Pete Thompson, Detroit Catholic Central (Mich.)

— Justin Boggs

West

Jake Taylor, Regis Jesuit (Colo.)

The junior scored two of the Raiders’ last three goals to help them secure a 15-13 win over Kent Denver (Colo.) last week. His late third-quarter tally evened the score at 13, and after Reed Babcock netted the go-ahead goal in the fourth, he added one for insurance to finish the scoring. Taylor had five goals for the game, and he also had five goals in a win over Colorado Academy (Colo.) earlier in the week.

Also notable: Blake Erlbeck, Torrey Pines (Calif.); Paul Johnson, Bellevue (Wash.)

— Laurel Pfahler

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