USA Lacrosse High School Boys' Players of the Week

PHOTO COURTESY OF CORONA DEL MAR (CALIF.)

Grant Giuliano allowed just nine goals combined in the Final Four while helping the Sea Kings claim their first CIF Southern Section Division 1 title.


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

Charles Balsamo, Chaminade (N.Y.)

Charles Balsamo can see the finish line of his high school career and he’s sprinting toward it 100 miles per hour.

The Duke-bound senior attack has elevated his game down the stretch of the regular season.

He had two goals and an assist in a 15-7 win over Kellenberg (N.Y.) before suffering a calf injury. Balsamo, who was awarded the prestigious No. 19 jersey in honor of the late Jimmy Regan, came back to score three goals and add an assist in a 17-8 Reg’s Rock win over Manhasset (N.Y.) and closed out the regular season with five goals and two assists in a 15-11 win over Salesanium (Del.) on May 14.

“He’s finding his range, he’s really reading the scouting report, he understands,” Chaminade coach Jack Moran said. “In my view, he’s one of the best players we’ve ever had. He’s one of the top three players on Long Island. He can get to the rack, he can feed it, shoot from the wing. He’s as hard a ride as we’ve ever had, he’s up in the category with the Kavanaghs as far as riding. He’s just relentless and he’s a physically tough kid.”

Also notable: Joe Casarella, Suffern (N.Y.); Jack Dougherty, Iona Prep (N.Y.); Henry Haberman, Port Washington (N.Y.), Matt Jeffrey, Cheshire (Conn.); Patrick Pisano, Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.); Joey Spallina, Mt. Sinai (N.Y.)

— Dylan Butler

MID-ATLANTIC

McCabe Millon, McDonogh (Md.)

The junior attack had one of his biggest games of the year to help carry the Eagles into the next round of the MIAA A conference playoffs. Millon scored five goals and adding three assists as fifth-seeded McDonogh topped fourth-seeded Archbishop Spalding (Md.) 12-10 in the conference quarterfinals. Millon, the No. 1 ranked junior in the country, has committed to Duke. Millon’s early goals helped McDonogh jump out to a 9-4 lead, and when Spalding trimmed the advantage to 10-9, it was Millon who provided a two-goal cushion again.

Also notable: Everett Armstead, Mt. Hebron (Md.); Ryan Duenkel, St. John’s (D.C.); Caz Kotsen, Mountain Lakes (N.J.); Mark Marino, Don Bosco (N.J.); Byron Newman, Catonsville (Md.); Davis Provost, Calvert Hall (Md.); James Ruppert, Severna Park (Md.); Bowen Valery, Poly (Md.)

— Justin Feil







SOUTH

William Overly, Lovett (Ga.)

Utah recruit William Overly helped Lovett early and often in its state championship victory over Westminster (Ga.). The senior attacker also scored a pair of early goals in Lovett’s semifinal win over Starr’s Mill (Ga.).

Also notable: Owen Armentrout, Lovett (Ga.); Collin Patrick, Middle Creek (N.C.)

— Justin Boggs

MIDWEST

Marek Tzagournis, Dublin Jerome (Ohio)

To say the Celtics junior had a good week would be putting it lightly. He notched six assists and three goals against St. Xavier (Ohio). Tzagournis also became the program's all-time leading scorer after just 40 games.

Also notable: Ben Eck, Brother Rice (Mich.); Harry Kohler, MICDS (Mo.); Jonah McConnell, Forest Hills Central (Mich.); Brady Sestili, Dublin Jerome (Ohio); John Tomsheck, Forest Hills Central (Mich.)

— Jonah Rosenblum

WEST

Grant Giuliano, Corona del Mar (Calif.)

The junior goalkeeper allowed just nine goals combined in the Final Four while helping the Sea Kings claim their first CIF Southern Section Division 1 title. In the semifinals, Giuliano made 11 saves to shut down then-top-ranked Mater Dei (Calif.) in a 9-5 win. He then made seven saves in the championship against Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), helping CdM secure a 10-4 win for the title.

Also notable: Ian Dykes, Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.); Drew Tyson, Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.)

— Laurel Pfahler

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