Epoch/USL High School Boys' Players of the Week (March 28)

Ponte Vedra (Fla.) midfielder Clay Welch is the Epoch/US Lacrosse South Region Player of the Week after dominating in all facets in four wins last week.

The Epoch/US Lacrosse Players of the Week are named each Tuesday to recognize the most outstanding individual performances in high school boys’  and girls’ lacrosse in each of the five regions — Northeast (begins next week), Mid-Atlantic, South, Midwest and West — outlined in our high school coverage. Make it Epoch


Anthony Celauro, Syosset (N.Y.)

The junior goalie finished with six saves in an early-season 9-8 win over Northport (N.Y.), including a stop with one second left to preserve the win. He totaled 21 saves, as Syosset won its first three games of the season. Celauro is committed to Stony Brook.

Also notable: Andrew Russell, Victor (N.Y.); Taylor Strough, Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.)

— Will Cleveland


Jack Traynor, Malvern Prep (Pa.)

The attackman got his junior season off on the right foot, leading the Friars to a pair of wins last week. Traynor recorded three goals and three assists in a 13-7 victory over then-No. 13 Calvert Hall (Md.) on Tuesday. The Penn State recruit followed with three more goals and an assist Saturday in a 15-6 defeat of Garnet Valley (Pa.).

Also notable: Nate Buller, Landon (Md.); Chris Del Rosario, Bullis (Md.); Peter Garno, Haverford School (Pa.); Trevor Patschorke, Severna Park (Md.); Tommy Sopko, Conestoga (Pa.)

— Eric Detweiler


Clay Welch, Ponte Vedra (Fla.)

The senior midfielder was all over the field in four wins last week for the Sharks. He amassed 15 goals, including seven in a 20-8 win over Charlotte Catholic (N.C.), and added five assists over the four games. He scored four times against Mountain Vista (Colo.), helping Ponte Vedra come back from a three-goal deficit. Welch also grabbed 11 ground balls and was dominant on the defensive end and clear game.

Also notable: Owen Caputo, Middle Creek (N.C.); Connor Florich, Newsome (Fla.); Jared Halverson, Jordan (N.C.); Aaron Higdon, Louisville Trinity (Ky.); Gavin Kesserling, Buford (Ga.); Jason Kimbrough, Voyager Academy (N.C.); William Lewis, Cape Fear Academy  (N.C.); Dirk Meinhart, Elizabethtown (Ky.); Nolan Moon, Lassiter (Ga.); Joseph Mulert, Dunbar (Ky.); Chase Poplin, Christ Church Episcopal (S.C.); Connor Ryan, Green Hope (N.C.); Noah Sexton, Tampa Catholic (Fla.); Austin Simmons, Ocoee (Fla.); Tim Van der Linde, Creekside (Fla.); Allen Velasquez, Meadowcreek (Ga.)

— Aimee Ford Foster


Griffin Patton, Grayslake North (Ill.) 

Patton scored 10 goals in the Knights’ 21-8 win over Glenbrook South (Ill.) on March 23. The senior attackman and Lindenwood commit has 12 goals and six assists to help Glenbrook South to a 3-0 start. 

Also notable: Luke Alf, Cincinnati St. Xavier (Ohio); Hunter Braun, Detroit Central Catholic (Mich.); Jackson Reid, Culver Prep Academy (Ind.)

— Justin Boggs


Tyler Bradbury, Oak Park (Calif.)

The sophomore tallied six goals to lead Oak Park to a 13-11 win over Westlake (Calif.) on March 21, including three in the fourth quarter. The Eagles trailed by six at halftime but Bradbury’s performance helped spark the second-half comeback.

Also notable: Quentin Birch, Regis Jesuit (Colo.); Tyler Hancock, Vail Mountain (Colo.); Oliver Hart, Eaglecrest (Colo.); Brennan Moloney, Bellevue (Wash.)

— Laurel Pfahler

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