2013 Connecticut High School Lacrosse Coaches All-American team
Updated 8:51 pm, Wednesday, June 19, 2013
2013 Connecticut High School Lacrosse Coaches Player of the Year and Bob Scott US Lacrosse Player of the Year: Kevin, Brown, Fairfield Prep, senior attack: The Jesuits' leading scorer tallied five goals in the team's Division L semifinal win over Ridgefield and added two more in the championship game against Staples. A four-year starter, Brown's competitive nature impressed Fairfield Prep coach Chris Smalkais, who guided the team to its second straight Division L title and sixth state championship in eight years.
"He's an extremely determined player," said Smalkais, whose leading scorer will compete at the University of Pennsylvania next year. "He's extremely driven and a great self-starter, who wanted to be successful from the first year."
Brett Baker, Ridgefield, senior attack: Baker ranked among the top five in the state in goals (78) and points (94) for the Tigers, who advanced to both the FCIAC and Division L semifinals. He will bring his lacrosse skills to Bryant University.
Zack Bartolo, Brien McMahon, senior attack: A three-year starter, the 6-foot-4 Bartolo recorded 48 goals and 20 assists for the Senators.
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"He took over some games for us and played really well throughout the season," McMahon coach Mike Epstein said. "He shoots the ball so well."
The high-scoring Bartolo will play at Notre Dame next spring.
"He is one of the most tenacious players I've ever seen," New Canaan coach said Chris Buzzeo, who received nearly 60 points from his standout player. "When the game is on the line, he wants the ball on his stick. He's one of the best teammates anyone can have."
Tim Edmonds, Fairfield Prep, senior attack: Speed was one of Edmonds' best assets.
"He's extremely fast," Fairfield Prep coach Chris Smalkais said. "He might be the fastest player I've ever coached with the ball in his stick."
Edmonds registered three goals and an assist in the Jesuits' 14-8 win over Staples for the Division L title.
Joey Zelkowitz, Staples, senior midfielder: A three-year starter and four-year varsity player, the speedy Zelkowitz powered the Wreckers' offense, tallying a team-high 56 goals to go along with nine assists. He recorded a hat trick in the Wreckers' loss to Fairfield Prep in the Division L tournament finals. Zelkowitz, who will continue his lacrosse career at Middlebury College, also gathered 31 ground balls for Staples.
"Because of his speed, we tried to get him the ball up top because it was very difficult to keep up with him," Staples coach Paul McNulty said. "He was a great football player, so he had quick, halfback type moves. A lot of teams had to double team him. His personality made the whole team work harder."
Cal Dearth, Ridgefield, senior midfielder: The Tigers' offense flowed through Dearth, who was one of the best distributors in the state (40 assists, ranked among top five in CIAC). He also finished the season with 23 goals, three of which came in Ridgefield's Division L semifinal matchup against Fairfield Prep.
Graham Savio, Greenwich, senior midfielder: No matter who the opponent was, Savio was a handful at the faceoff X for the Cardinals. Building off a strong finish to his 2012 season, Savio emerged as one of the most formidable faceoff specialists in the state. He won the majority of the faceoffs each game and was at his best during the postseason. He's drawn the interest of several Division I schools.
Ted Ottens, Wilton, senior midfielder: Ottens (headed to Brown University) put the finishing touch on his memorable career at Wilton, winning 14 of 17 faceoffs in the Warriors win over Joel Barlow in the Division M final. His ability to win the faceoff made the Warriors one of the most dangerous teams -- especially in the postseason the past several years.
David White, Fairfield Prep, senior midfielder: It was White's versatility that made him especially valuable to the squad.
"He's a complete lacrosse player," Fairfield Prep coach Chris Smalkais said. "We asked him to score, to play attack sometimes and also at times, cover the team's best offensive player."
White had two goals and three assists in the Division L final.
Eric Persky, New Canaan, defender: The Rams were one of the toughest teams to score on in the state and Persky's defensive presence was one of the reasons why. The University of Pennsylvania-bound Persky was known for slowing down the opposition's top attackmen.
"I consider him one of the best defensemen to ever play at New Canaan High School," Rams coach Chip Buzzeo said. "He is an incredible leader on and off the field and the dedication he shows to the sport is unmatched. His footwork is one of the best I've seen for a high school defenseman."
Andrew Hatton, Fairfield Prep, senior, defender: Hatton drew the assignment of defending the top scorer the opposing team possessed each game and consistently succeeded.
"He was committed to not losing his matchup," Prep coach Chris Smalkais said. "He's been one of the best defenders the last three years."
Zach Cattaruzza, Guilford, senior defender: Guilford was stingy defensively, allowing just five teams to score in doubles figures all season and the physical Cattaruzza played a key role in the team's defensive prowess. Also a force offensively, he'll play at Babson University next spring.
Conn Curry, Joel Barlow, senior defender: Curry was one of Barlow's stoppers defensively, often marking the opposition's top offensive player. His leadership on the defensive end helped Barlow win the SWC championship for the first time since 2006. Curry (Roanoke College) was named the MVP of the SWC Tournament.
Mitch Kezer, Stonington, senior defender: Kezer's fine play on defense helped lead Stonington to the Division S semifinals for the third time in four years.
Josh Miller, Brien McMahon, junior goalie: "Josh made some big saves for us and is as good in goal as anyone I've ever coached," Staples coach Paul McNulty said. "He sees the ball well and is great in tight."
Grant Limone, Weston, junior goalie: Limone allowed more than 10 goals just four times.