SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

June 29, 2013

Peabody's Famiglietti wraps up lax season at Indiana Tech

Jean DePlacido
The Salem News

---- — Justin Famiglietti just wanted to renew old friendships and play a little lacrosse at the annual Peabody High alumni game last summer. But the event turned into something much bigger for the former Tanner star goalie. He learned about a terrific opportunity both educationally and athletically after talking to fellow former Tanner Bryan Seaman.

Seaman, former Mount Ida College captain and Bishop Fenwick assistant coach, had just accepted a graduate assistant coaching position at Indiana Tech. He asked Famiglietti if he was interested in playing, and since he still had two years of eligibility remaining it was the perfect fit.

“Bryan told me he would help me, and that I could possibly end up playing for a national championship,” said Famiglietti, who had a terrific season and was named first team Warrior Hoosier Athletic Conference all-star and Newcomer of the Year.

“I really enjoyed going out there; everything Bryan promised me was true and then some. I had a chance to see part of the country I have never been to, and play some very competitive lacrosse. The league we’re in is called club lacrosse, but at Indiana we are considered a varsity sport.”

Famiglietti, who played two years at Mount Ida, received a scholarship, and wound up leading the Warriors to the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association National Championship in Greenville, South Carolina. After sporting a 9-7 regular season record the team made its first trip to nationals.

They were ranked No. 10 at the MCLA nationals after overcoming a bad start (1-5) to make a strong second half 8-2 surge. Indiana Tech swept their Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association West Division opponents to advance to the league tournament.

After posting two wins the Warriors lost the championship game to Grand Valley State in overtime, but received an at-large bid to nationals. They opened with a stunning upset win over No. 7 seed Palm Beach Atlantic before losing to No. 2 Westminster in the quarterfinals. Famiglietti had a monster game with 17 saves in the loss.

This marked the fourth straight winning season for the program. They played a very tough schedule with 11 ranked teams and one Division 1 opponent, and won five of those games. Famiglietti was the primary goalie with 142 saves, allowed 8.07 goals per game with a .557 save percentage, and had 24 ground balls. He was a leader on the field, anchoring a stingy defense that was ranked second in the conference and allowed less than seven goals per game going into nationals.

At Peabody High “Fam” was a three year varsity member and two year starter, who was named both a GBL and NEC all-star in his junior and senior years respectively.

“Going to nationals was an unbelievable experience,” said the 23-year old Famiglietti, who is a business marketing major. “It was just a great atmosphere with all the teams together. I hadn’t played college lacrosse since 2010, but I had been in some summer tournaments with the guys from Salem State.

“After I told Bryan I was really interested in playing I didn’t have much time to get ready. I did a lot of running and lifting so I would be ready to play with those younger guys. Peabody High lacrosse is one big family. That feeling was instilled in all of us, and I can’t thank Bryan enough for giving me this amazing opportunity. I really didn’t know what to expect, but the quality lacrosse played was much higher than I was expecting. I can’t wait for next season, and I hopefully we’ll get back to the nationals.”

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While the Red Sox were away in Detroit last week a few St. John’s Prep football players and their dads had the thrill of a lifetime playing in a softball charity game fund raiser at Fenway. The event raised $240,000 for Action for Boston Community Development.

Taking aim at the Green Monster on one team were Prep players R. J. and Dom Pizzano along with their father Rudi, Sean Smerczynski and his father Mike, former Eagle offensive tackle John Riccio (2010 graduate), and NFL player agent Sean Stellato, who was just inducted into the Salem High Hall of Fame, along with his coach Ken Perrone. They tried out their softball skills for a great cause and had a lot of fun doing it.

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Abbey D’Agostino came up a little short of her goal to finish in the top three at the US Outdoor Track and Field Championship in Oregon and an automatic berth on the American team that will travel to Moscow in August for the World Championships. The Dartmouth college junior from Topsfield was the top collegiate runner in the 5000 meter race in 15:39.

There is still a chance that D’Agostino, who is the NCAA champ, could be added to the team if a couple of runners ahead of her opt out of the 5000 to compete in another event in Moscow. If that does happen, D’Agostino would be ready to step in.

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Jean DePlacido is a long-time correspondent for The Salem News. You can contact her at jmdeplacido@aol.com.