When the NCAA Lacrosse Championships return to Foxborough plenty of local high schoolers will be pulling for their future teams. Read about some of the local future collegiate players who will have the chance to compete in the final four for years to come.
Class: Sr. Position: Defense High School: Boston College High Recruited by: North Carolina
Arguably the best senior prospect in the nation, Bowen committed to the Tar Heels as just a freshman. Since then, he’s emerged as the leader for the best defensive team in the state at BC High. North Carolina, the 2016 national champions, have been recruiting some of the top players in the region. Before this season, the Tar Heels added Dover Sherborn’s Bailey Laidman.
Bowen is a generational type of talent who will play from the get go in college, and could be a part of a UNC run in the ACC.
Class: Jr. Position: Midfield High School: St. Sebastian’s Recruited by: Duke
The Arrows are front runners in the Independent School League this season, and it helps having a player like Swirbalus. The Westwood native has earned himself a recruitment to Duke, the 2014 national champions.
Swirbalus has seen every level Massachusetts has to offer, starting at Milton Academy before playing at Westwood and now at Needham with the Arrows. With the All-ISL honorable mention as just a freshman, he’s one of the most highly regarded players in the state.
Duke hasn’t gone north too often for it’s recruiting out of New England, with Foxborough’s Sean Lowrie as an exception, but Swirbalus is the strongest offensive player in the state.
Class: Soph. Position: Midfield High School: Natick Recruited by: Johns Hopkins
Johns Hopkins is seeking its first title game appearance since 2008, when the tournament was in Foxborough for the first time. The Blue Jays are looking for a bid this season, but also beyond, when Isaac Tallino could be starring.
One of the top players in the competitive Bay State League, Tallino has made local Natick competitive. Playing just under 20 minutes north of the final four at Gillette, Tallino is looking to lead his team to the postseason and a conference title this year.
Class: Sr. Position: Attack High School: Governor’s Recruited by: Ohio State
Ohio State made it to the title game a year ago at Gillette Stadium, and the Buckeyes local recruiting has been top notch. Already on their roster is Walpole’s Lukas Buckley, and after this season, they can add Ludd to the mix.
The attackman has played at the national level, starring for the New England team at the 2017 Under Armour Underclass Tournament. The Portsmouth, New Hampshire native has played well with Governor’s, perennial ISL contenders out of Byfield, Massachusetts.
Class: Jr. Position: Midfield High School: Falmouth Recruited by: Penn State
Penn State has been close the past few seasons, but in the Big Ten, the depth has made it difficult to pull out that edge. Almeida will join the Nittany Lions after two more seasons with Falmouth, trying to put the Clippers back into contention.
He scored seven postseason goals as just a freshman, proving his ability to score in big spots. He’s already off to a terrific start in 2018, with six points in his first contest of the season.
Class: Jr. Position: Midfield High School: North Andover Recruited by: Maryland
Already in 2018, Roche’s offensive ability has allowed North Andover to emerge as a contender in the Merrimack Valley League. The star middie is the only non-private school player in the region to be recruited by the defending national champions, Maryland.
Originally with St. John's Prep in Danvers, Roche has dominated since heading north to the Scarlet Knights. He scored 53 goals last season and an All-Merrimack Valley League selection.
Class: Sr. Position: Midfield High School: St. Sebastian's Recruited by: Maryland
Plansky was headed to Virginia at first, but now is the second player in Massachusetts squared away to join the 2017 defending champion Terrapins, who won their title on the Gillette Stadium turf.
The Needham native is part of a St. Sebastian’s team looking to win the ISL with one of the most loaded rosters of any prep school in New England. The midfielder was named a top 100 class of 2018 member by Recruiting Rundown, and the 59th best player in the state by New England Lacrosse Journal.
Class: Soph. Position: Attack High School: Acton Boxboro Recruited by: Brown
Brown made a final four appearance in 2016 in Philadelphia. Raguin will join a Bears team that has graduated talent, and by the time he joins there will be a completely different team.
It didn't take long for Raguin to make his mark on Massachusetts lacrosse. In fact, as just a freshman, he was attracting attention. Now in his second season, the Colonials are projected to make a deep postseason run, and a lot of that is assuming Raguin continues to progress. With so many upperclassmen on their way out, Raguin could soon be crowned the top player in the state.
Class: Sr. Position: Attack High School: Franklin Recruited by: Rutgers
The Scarlet Knights have hosted eight final fours, but are yet to make that leap. In recent years, however, the Rutgers program has become stronger, all the way to a top ten team in the nation in 2018. After narrowly missing out a season ago, there’s no reason to think the Scarlet Knights will be a postseason team this season.
Civetti tallied 79 goals a season ago and has become a name to watch in the Hockomock League. Breaking the Franklin record for points in a season, he’s one of the most successful players in any public school in the state.
It'll be another year before Civetti takes his talents to Piscataway, but with him in the fold, the Scarlet Knights will be even deeper.
Class: Sr. Position: Defense High School: Wayland Recruited by: Wesleyan
The local defender isn’t slated to go D1, but with the recent success of Wesleyan, that doesn't mean he’ll never make the final four. The Cardinals have become a power in Division 3, and are a favorite in the NESCAC this season.
This year, the defender is hoping to be a difference maker for Wayland in the deeper-than-ever Bay State Conference. A year from now, he’ll have the tall task of defending against players like Danny Murphy from Tufts.
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