Player Spotlights

With the Final Four inching nearer, the field of New Englanders has narrowed. After this weekend, we’ll have a clear idea of who is coming to Foxborough.

Before the picture is clearer, we take a look at who some of those players might be from the area.

JAY DRAPEAU

Hometown: Westford

The former Westford Academy star has been the leader out of the Loyola midfield all season. After helping bring the team to another Patriot League title, he’s the quarterback of that unit. The Greyhounds are looking for their first NCAA title since 2012, and their depth from the attack on out to the midfield makes them a threat. He tallied twice in the first round victory over Virginia.

SEAN LOWRIE

Hometown: Foxborough

Getting to Gillette Stadium would be a true homecoming for Lowrie. The Foxborough native is fifth on the team with 23 points, and 18 goals, for a Blue Devils offense that can do it all. Coming off the bench as an attackman, he sees plenty of time on the field. Lowrie has done his part so far, scoring twice with an assist in the win over Villanova in the first round.

PAT FRASER

Hometown: Walpole

Like Lowrie, getting to Foxborough would be like coming home for Fraser. Growing up in Walpole, he was practically in the shadow of Gillette Stadium. The senior midfielder has 15 points this season, all of them goals. Johns Hopkins advanced after surviving a potential upset from Georgetown, and Fraser scored in that game.

PAT FOLEY

Hometown: Winchetser

The defender out of Winchester is one of the most important pieces to the defensive side of the ball for the Blue Jays. After a successful career at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, Foley was recruited to one of the best lacrosse schools in the nation, despite picking up the sport for the first time as a high school freshman.

CONNOR DONAHUE

Hometown: Groton

The Pioneers barely advanced past Notre Dame in a minor upset after losing in the Big East title game to Georgetown. Donahue ended his season with six goals and two assists out of the midfield, contributing when called upon.

WILL WEITZEL

Hometown: Newton

The sophomore defender gets time with one of the best defensive team in the nation, combining with Chris Fake and Christopher Keating. With three points this season, all assists, the Newton native has found a way to contribute from all angles for the Ivy League power.


Marisa Ingemi
* ESPNW NWHL Correspondent
* Newburyport Daily News Sports Reporter
* NWHL and MLL Broadcaster