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June 20, 2013

Lax Lowdown: Faceoff specialist earns high praise

Faceoff specialist Osbahr draws high praise from Roy

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Osbahr’s stats speak for themselves. He won 310 of 373 faceoffs this season and earned his place as a second team All-American.

Earlier this season, Osbahr decided he would attend Bentley University, but at first he wasn’t sure if he would continue playing lacrosse in college.

It was almost as if Osbahr didn’t quite comprehend how well he was playing and how much he was impacting the Eagles’ success.

Osbahr has decided he will play for the Falcons next year. Of course, his graduation means Roy has to find a worthy replacement.

“You watch someone like Derek and it surprises you when he loses. If he did lose one, the great thing about Derek and Mark and Ryan was that they immediately starting thinking, ‘What do I have to do next time?,’” Roy said. “They started thinking about what adjustments they had to make and what they had to do beat this guy.”

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The boys teams in the coverage area produced four All-Americans this season — Osbahr and Andrew Gallahue from St, John’s, and Brendan Flaherty and Dom Abate from Beverly. But there was one glaring omission.

Peabody attackman Keifer Heckman, who graduated as the Tanners’ all-time leading scorer with 286 points, was left out.

Heckman clearly deserved consideration after leading the state in scoring with 78 goals and 48 assists, and his absence from the team stung his teammates and coaches.

“Obviously I was disappointed when I learned he didn’t get acknowledged by the EMLCA (Eastern Massachusetts Lacrosse Coaches’ Association),” Peabody coach Anthony O’Donnell said. “But no matter what, whether they recognize him or not, he’s an All-American in my book.”

Heckman could have become Peabody’s third lacrosse All-American, joining Eddie Leonard (2007) and Greg Welch (2003). Welch is currently an assistant coach with the Tanners.

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