US Lacrosse High School Boys' Players of the Week

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Matteo Silvestri scored four goals, including the OT winner, in a 9-8 win over Mater Dei.


The US Lacrosse Players of the Week recognize the most outstanding individual performances in high school boys’ lacrosse in each of the five regions — Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South, Midwest and West — outlined in our high school coverage.

NORTHEAST

Coulter Mackesy, Brunswick School (Conn.)

In a pick-your-poison stacked Brunswick School attack, Mackesy has been particularly venomous in the first six games of the season. The Princeton-bound senior has 19 goals and seven assists in six consecutive victories for the national powerhouse. But it’s more than just a numbers game for Mackesy — it’s how he’s finding his offense that impresses Brunswick School coach David Bruce.

“He’s really letting the game come to him; he’s not forcing his own dodging,” Bruce said. “He’s an elite dodger and attackman, but Coulter has been really working well off the midfielders’ initiation.”

Also notable: Kai Prohaszka, Ridgefield (Conn.); Matthew Minicus, Darien (Conn.)

— Dylan Butler

MID-ATLANTIC

Eric Spanos, Malvern Prep (Pa.)

Spanos had a combined 12 goals in back-to-back wins for Malvern Prep, which won its fifth straight game since a season-opening loss. The Maryland-bound senior attackman scored four goals in an 18-3 win over Penn Charter (Pa.) on April 13. He followed it up with a season-high eight goals in a 16-5 win over Episcopal Academy (Pa.) on Friday. Spanos has led the Friars in goal-scoring this season.

Also notable: Jack Fracyon, Bullis (Md.); Michael Ridgway, Georgetown Prep (Md.); Matt Riley, Salesianum (Del.); Max Watkinson, St. Paul’s (Md.)

— Justin Feil

SOUTH

Curran Rose, Dallas Jesuit (Texas)

Rose led a third-quarter rally for Dallas Jesuit against touted Highland Park (Texas). The senior attackman scored a hat trick in the third quarter alone, lifting his squad to a 12-7 win. Rose had five goals in the contest.

Also notable: Drew Flagg, Forest (Fla.); Thomas Mencke, Highland Park (Texas)

— Justin Boggs







Nike/US Lacrosse High School Rankings
National Boys' Top 25 | National Girls' Top 25
Northeast Boys' Top 10 | Northeast Girls' Top 10
Mid-Atlantic Boys' Top 10 | Mid-Atlantic Girls' Top 10
South Boys' Top 10
| South Girls' Top 10
Midwest Boys' Top 10
| Midwest Girls' Top 10
West Boys' Top 10
| West Girls' Top 10

MIDWEST

Alex Vaccaro, Culver Academy (Ind.)

One of the most intriguing individual matchups entering Sunday’s Culver-Upper Arlington battle was at the faceoff X, with the Golden Bears boasting Shea Keethler, a Maryland commit who was winning roughly 90 percent of his faceoffs. But Vaccaro captured 12 of 20 faceoffs Sunday, and that proved to be a huge performance and a big reason why the Eagles emerged with a win.

Also notable: Sam Burns, Upper Arlington (Ohio); Connor Mathews, Dublin Coffman (Ohio)

Jonah Rosenblum

WEST

Matteo Silvestri, Loyola Los Angeles (Calif.)

The junior attackman scored four goals in a 9-8 overtime victory against Mater Dei (Calif.) on Thursday, but it was the last one that mattered most, as he scored OT winner. He also had two assists in that game, as well as a goal in a 7-5 win over previously unbeaten Foothill on Saturday.

Also notable: Riley Chester, St. Margaret’s (Calif.); Joey Garcia, Foothill (Calif.); Aidan Lee, Loyola-Los Angeles (Calif.)

— Laurel Pfahler

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