WESTWOOD — There can be a bit of a cavalier atmosphere in exhibition games, leading to high-scoring affairs at times.
But Foxboro goalie and Hofstra commit Jake Addeche had no intentions of letting the sixth annual Boston Lax All-American game turn into an offensive battle.
The Hockomock League MVP made eight saves in the third quarter to stymie Team Hammer and help Team Shield pull away for a 19-11 victory Monday night at Xaverian High.
“I try to come in with the same mind set,” Addeche said. “Making those saves kept our momentum and kept us in the game. All these kids out here are great lacrosse players and I didn’t want to let my guard down and let in any easy goals.”
The 2017 All-American game turned into a 21-20 shootout, but with Nobles coach Matt Rowley at the helm, Team Shield only allowed five goals through three quarters in the 2018 contest.
Medfield’s John Schofield, Cam Rosie (Melrose), Kyle Camphausen (Wayland), Will Frisoli (St. Sebastian’s) and Sean Nizolek (Xaverian) were a few of the poles that stood out for Shield while Addeche, Deven Varney (6 saves) and Ben Kacher (4 saves) played well in net.
Offensively, Shield was led by Tabor Academy graduate Pat Daly’s five goals and Varney continued to annual tradition of a goalie scoring when he netted the 19th tally of the evening in the final minute.
“Being out here with guys you play with all year is so fun,” said Daly, who hails from Shrewsbury and will play at Villanova next year.
“The skill level is absurd. Being able to move the ball and get a feel for each other, it’s pretty easy to get a sense of how the offense is going to run.”
The teams were comprised of first-team Eastern Massachusetts Lacrosse Coaches Association All-Americans and ISL Super-Team members, with additional players selected by the Boston Lax staff.
At halftime, Boston Lax announced BC High graduate Will Bowen — who could not attend due to a conflict — as Bruce Lerch Player of the Year. BC High coach Steve Lydon was named Bruce Lerch Coach of the Year in addition to being named USA Today National Coach of the Year after leading the Eagles to their first state title.
Members of the co-ISL champion Nobles squad shined all over the field and were represented by Hayden Cheek, Nick Loring Andrew Johnson, John Dixon, and Jett Dziama (3 goals).
“I don’t get to see as many of the [MIAA] guys as I’d like and I saw that there is no gap. They’re great players,” said Rowley. “Seeing [those Nobles seniors] out there one last time is the reason I’m here. It was special and an opportunity I didn’t want to pass up.”Nate Weitzer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.