USA Lacrosse High School Boys' Players of the Week

PHOTO COURTESY OF MATER DEI ATHLETICS

Lucas de la Paz played a key role in a big win for Mater Dei last week.


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

NORTHEAST

Jay Ottomanelli, Garden City (N.Y.)

Jay Ottomanelli has a flair for the dramatic. The senior attackman, a Trinity commit, put his name into Woodstick Classic lore on the night of April 30, scoring six goals in a 12-11 overtime win at Manhasset (N.Y.), as Garden City captured the 138th edition of a rivalry that spans 87 years. The Indians still lead the all-time series 76-62, but Ottomanelli’s output won’t soon be forgotten for anyone fortunate enough to be at Ed Walsh Field for the latest meeting.

“Jay stepped up on the biggest stage for us,” Garden City coach Steve Finnell said. “He has been getting better in practice each week, and it paid off. Six goals in the Woodstick is pretty rare. He is a talented shooter, but got some goals off hustle plays Saturday which was huge for us.”

Also notable: Joe Cesare, Darien (Conn.); Aidan Christie, Massapequa (N.Y.); Stevie Finnell, Garden City (N.Y.); Tucker Hess, Iona Prep (N.Y.); Pax Marshall, Victor (N.Y.); Caden Whaling, Rye (N.Y.)

— Dylan Butler

MID-ATLANTIC

Charlie Muller, Bullis (Md.)

Muller helped the Bulldogs win 10-6 over Landon (Md.) on April 29. Muller caused four turnovers and helped limit Landon to single-digit goals. It’s the seventh straight win for Bullis, and the winning streak coincides with the return of the 6-foot-4 lefty pole, who came back from injury after the Bulldogs’ last loss April 2. Only one team has managed double-digit scoring since Muller’s return to the lineup. Bullis was scheduled to finish the regular season with a challenging matchup against Georgetown Prep (Md.) on May 3.

Also notable: Joe Doherty, Malvern (Pa.); Ben Ellis, Towson (Md.); Nate Kabiri, Georgetown Prep (Md.); Jake Schroll, Broadneck (Md.); Jackson Strickland, Calvert Hall (Md.); Mikey Weisshaar, Archbishop Spalding (Md.)

— Justin Feil







SOUTH

Beckett Foley, Dallas Jesuit (Texas)

Sophomore midfielder Beckett Foley set his season high with goals and points with seven tallies and two assists in Dallas Jesuit’s 15-5 win over Austin (Texas) in the state playoffs. He has scored 40 goals and added 13 assists in 15 games this season.

Also notable: Connor Hafbauer, St. Andrew’s (Fla.); Misha Trupo, Westlake (Texas)

— Justin Boggs

MIDWEST

John Tomsheck, Forest Hills Central (Mich.)

The Rangers junior attacker played a critical role in his team's 3-0 week, with 15 goals and 10 assists over the three games. That included six goals against Rockford (Mich.), five goals and five assists against Forest Hills Northern (Mich.) and four goals and two assists against 2021 state runner-up Hartland (Mich.). Tomsheck has paired with Jonah McConnell, who also had hat tricks in all three games, to form one of the area's top duos.

Also notable: Jonah McConnell, Forest Hills Central (Mich.); Bjorn Sjogren, MICDS (Mo.); Chase Tzagournis, Dublin Jerome (Ohio); Marek Tzagournis, Dublin Jerome (Ohio); Luciano Yacovone, St. Ignatius (Ohio),

— Jonah Rosenblum

WEST

Lucas de la Paz, Mater Dei (Calif.)

The junior midfielder/faceoff specialist played a key role in a big win for Mater Dei last week and has been consistently putting the Monarchs in possession advantages. He won 11 of 14 faceoffs, as Mater Dei eked out a 6-5 victory over fellow West-ranked foe Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.) in a rematch of last year’s CIF Southern Section semifinal loss.

Also notable: Owen Burke, Cherry Creek (Colo.); Peyton Tingley, Corona del Mar (Calif.); Drew Tyson, Foothill (Calif.); Logan White, Regis Jesuit (Colo.)

— Laurel Pfahler

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