The Salem News
---- — 2013 SALEM NEWS BOYS LACROSSE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
The news was hard to take for everyone surrounding Peabody senior attack Keifer Heckman, but somehow he seemed to keep the moment in perspective.
Heckman, after leading the state in scoring, was not named an All-American after a vote by the Eastern Massachusetts Lacrosse Coaches’ Association. The names on the list were mostly players from teams that were considered to be the best in the Commonwealth. Peabody finished 11-10 after losing to B.C. High in the East Division 1 preliminary round, and Heckman’s teammates and coaches hoped he would receive the prestigious honor.
“It was really hard for me to take, as well as everyone in the program,” Peabody head coach Anthony O’Donnell said. “Yet Keifer had the best quote of all ... he said, ‘Don’t worry, coach; I’ll make them sorry they didn’t choose me by becoming an All-American in college.’”
For four years, Heckman consistently stood out on the offensive end for the Tanners. As a senior, he scored 78 goals and dished out 48 assists for 126 points. He played at a high level no matter who the Tanners were matched up against and was Peabody’s leading scorer for three years, twice being named a first team Northeastern Conference all-star and once making the second team.
He will continue playing next year at Southern New Hampshire University.
“Game in, game out, Keifer produces. No matter who we played, Keifer seemed to get six points. He makes everyone around him better and is truly a leader for the Tanners’ lacrosse program,” O’Donnell said. “His inner drive, competitive nature and will to win is unmatched. he has a great knowledge of the game, teaches others and is very unselfish on and off the field. He is truly a pleasure to coach.”
Heckman finished his career as Peabody’s all-time leading scorer, tallying 166 goals and 120 assists for 286 points. That’s 61 points better than former leader (current Peabody assistant coach and former All-American) Greg Welch.
Abate capped an awesome career by helping the Panthers reach the East Division 2 semifinals ... Scored 40 goals and added 26 assists ... Recorded the 100th goal of his career this season ... Produced 128 goals and 61 assists as a four-year varsity player ... Team captain was also a three-time Northeastern Conference all-star and was named second team All-American ... Will continue playing at Springfield College next year.
Adept at dodging to create scoring chances, Coelho helped ease the Witches’ transition to new coach Anthony Nardella ... Became one of the most dangerous scoring weapons in the state, tallying 71 goals and 24 assists ... Earned the Northeastern Conference South Offensive MVP award ... Named NEC all-star ... Awarded Salem’s team Offensive MVP ... Scored eight goals in a 16-15 overtime loss to Peabody ... Attending Mt. Ida College next year, where he will continue to play lacrosse.
A breakout star for the Generals, Curran became one of the best faceoff specialists on the North Shore ... Named to Cape Ann League All-League team ... At Newburyport, he went 25-for-28 on faceoffs and contributed two goals in the Generals’ 13-12 win ... Getting serious interest from Division 2 Saint Anselm College, where former teammate Jake Stokes plays ... Carries a 3.2 grade point average.
A solid two-way player for the Magicians ... Earned the Player of the Game award for Marblehead in a 5-4 win over Beverly that snapped a losing streak against the Panthers that dated back to 2009 ... Scored two goals and added one assist in a late-season victory over Danvers ... Selected as a first team Northeastern Conference all-star.
Capable of controlling games with his athleticism, Flaherty contributed to Beverly becoming one of the top teams in Division 2 ... Scored 56 goals and added 28 assists ... Only North Shore player to be named first team All-American ... Named Northeastern Conference all-star ... Played some of his best games against biggest competition, like his 5-goal, 2-assist outburst in a win over Acton-Boxborough ... Will attend Holy Cross and play football.
St. John’s Prep Junior
A determined offensive player, Gallahue became the Eagles’ most consistent scoring threat ... Finished the season with 51 goals and 31 assists ... Named second team All-American and first team Catholic Conference all-star ... Scored five goals and handed out one assist in an impressive 13-8 win over Needham ... Even though he has one year remaining at St. John’s, he’s already planning on attending Villanova University.
Despite battling a shoulder injury almost the entire season, Maag was still one of the biggest scoring threats for the Magicians ... Pumped in seven goals and added three assists in a win over league rival Peabody early in the spring ... Had one goal and four assists to help the Magicians defeat Danvers ... Scored two goals in each of Marblehead’s two tournament wins ... Named first team Northeastern Conference all-star.
Long Stick Middie
No other young player on the North Shore made a bigger impact in his first year than Macri ... As a long stick middie, Macri was an excellent defender for the Generals and a dangerous scorer in transition ... Scored 14 goals and chipped in 22 assists ... Was named Cape Ann League Division 2 Player of the Year ... Also earned Cape Ann League All-League status ... Considers the Generals’ 7-2 win over Weston in the East Division 3 second round win his best game.
Mann was a force on faceoffs for the Chieftains this season ... Won 70 percent of his faceoffs despite playing much of the season with a leg injury ... Scooped 42 grounds balls and added two goals and four assists ... Selected to the Cape Ann League All-League team ... Graduated with a 4.89 grade point average and was ranked 11th in his class ... Will be attending Bowdoin College in the fall.
St. John’s Prep Senior
A dominant faceoff specialist, Osbahr regularly ignited St. John’s scoring runs this season ... Was victorious in 83 percent of his faceoffs, winning 310 of 373 ... Also scooped 154 ground balls and scored five goals ... Named second team All-American ... Selected as a Catholic Conference all-star ... Given the team Coach’s Award each of the last two seasons ... Graduated with a 4.2 grade point average and will continue playing lacrosse at Bentley University.
Ouellette’s emergence as a complementary scorer to stepbrother Keifer Heckman helped the Tanners return to the state tournament this spring ... Tallied 56 goals and added 37 assists ... Finished his high school career with 107 goals and 71 assists for 178 points, good for fifth all-time at Peabody High ... Northeastern Conference all-star and Agganis all-star ... Was a two-time winner of the Peabody High Offensive Coach’s Award ... Will continue playing at Southern New Hampshire University.
Bishop Fenwick Senior
Talented scorer guided the Crusaders to their first state tournament berth in program history ... Registered 85 points ... Named a Catholic Central League all-star ... Earned Fenwick’s Offensive Player of the Year Award ... Pumped in six goals and added four assists in a win over St. Mary’s of Lynn ... Graduated with a 3.5 grade point average ... Will attend the University of New Hampshire and hopes to play club lacrosse.
One of many dangerous weapons for Beverly this season, Shipp was an underrated scorer ... Had 50 goals and 30 assists this season, and recorded both his 100th point and 100th goal this spring ... Named Northeastern Conference all-star ... Scored four goals and pitched in four assists in a win over Danvers ... Attending Western New England College in the fall, where he will continue playing lacrosse.
A three-sport captain, VanLenten may have saved his best for last this year, helping the young Chieftains to a third straight Cape Ann League Division 1 title ... Finished with a .68 save percentage ... Named CAL Division 1 Player of the Year ... Also named CAL All-League and team MVP ... Made 21 saves in a 7-2 loss to St. John’s Prep in the Creator’s Crosse final in April.
Beverly: Ty Martz, Sr. D; Andrew Irving, Sr. D; Kevin Lally, Jr. G.
Bishop Fenwick: Jake Brennan, Sr. G.
Danvers: Stephen Ganley, Soph. FO/M; Jay Calcagno, Jr. M; Matt Flynn, Jr. M; Theo Hatzelamprou, Sr. D; Jake Allain, Jr. D; Dan Geary, Soph. D.
Hamilton-Wenham: Matt Vogus, Sr. D; Christian Ecker, Jr. M.
Ipswich: Chris McCormick, Sr. M; Peter Moutevelis, Sr. D; John Elnagger, Sr. D.
Marblehead: Trevor Jones, Sr. A; Dean Fader, Sr. A; Nathan Maselek, Soph. G; Liam Gillis, Sr. D; Brooks Tyrrell, Soph. M; Crandell Maxwell, Sr. D; Trevor Gelineau, Jr. FO/M.
Masconomet: Cam Jung, Soph. A; Trevor Surette, Sr. M; Aiden Sears, Jr. D.
North Shore Tech: Garrett Oman, Soph. G; Max Sciola, Sr. M; Dan McCormack, Fr. A.
Peabody: Andrew Najjar, Sr. D; Josh Fiore, Soph. M; Reed Foster, Soph. M; Mike Vadala, Jr. M.
Pingree: Jackson Patrican, Sr. D; Tyler Rostad, Sr. D.
Salem: Mat Muse, Jr. A; Peter Slattery, Jr. A; Matt Willson, Sr. M; J.T. Kapnis, Jr. D.
St. John’s Prep: Jack Sharrio, Sr. A; Tucker Mathers, Sr. D; Brian Uva, Sr. LSM; Lucas Bavaro, Sr. LSM; Eamon O’Leary, Jr. M.
Swampscott: Brian Santry, Sr. A; Kevin Marescalchi, Sr. A; Josh Rothwell, Sr. M.