TopLxRecruits.com, Posted 6/18/13
Duxbury senior goalie Nick Marrocco earned game MVP honors by making 12 saves in two quarters to help Team Wounded Warrior edge Boston Strong, 13-12, in the inaugural BostonLax.net High School All-American Game Monday at Harvard.
The game benefited the Wounded Warrior Project and The One Fund Boston. Before the game, the teams were treated to a pregame speech by Eric Millette on his experiences in the military that led him to join Wounded Warrior Project.
Marrocco played in the first and fourth quarters, when Team Boston Strong rallied to make it a tight game. Marrocco earned a donated Boston Cannons jersey as his trophy.
Nick Pino (North Andover) had three goals and A.J. Lucchese (Middlesex School) had two goals and an assist for Team Wounded Warrior. Tucker Ciessau (Scituate), Hunter Burdick (St. John’s of Shrewsbury) and Keegan Dudeck (Longmeadow) each scored twice to lead Boston Strong, which never led the game.
The game was played under college rules, including a 60-second shot clock and a two-point shot, similar to Major League Lacrosse.
One of the game’s highlights occurred when St. Sebastian’s defensemen Pat Healy took the ball coast-to-coast and made a 2-point shot that gave Team WW a 9-6 lead early in the second half.
Another big play came late when Boston Strong’s Eli Morrissey (Governor’s Academy LSM) dove to save a possession on the sideline to give his team one more chance at a game tying goal. The play drew a large cheer from the crowd.
The game also featured head coaching from MLL veterans Mike Stone (Cannons) and Kevin Buchanan (Cannons) of Team Wounded Warrior and Matt Smalley (Cannons) and Jack Reid (LI Lizards) of Team Boston Strong.
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