2014 NH County All-Area Boys Lacrosse Team

Joe Choiniere — MVP
Amity, Sr., Midfield

  • Stats: His strong work ethic led to 25 goals, 30 assists and 79 ground balls. He led the Spartans to a 15-5 record.
  • Honors: First team All-SCC and all-state selection, Amity Athlete of the Year and selected for Senior All-Star game.
  • Off the field: Academic all-state, an All-Area pick for football and competed for the indoor track team.
  • Up next: Will play lacrosse at Sacred Heart.

Paul Deon — Coach of the Year

  • Stats: The first-year coach led the Tigers to the CIAC Class M state semifinals. After starting the season 1-6, Hand finished strong with a 10-3 record. He spent four years as the Stonington boys coach, where he led his teams to the Class S semifinals in 2010, 2011 and 2013 and three straight ECC Small Division championships. He has an overall 70-30 coaching record.
  • Honors: Named the 2011 CIAC Class S Coach of the Year. Elected as the chairman of the Connecticut All-America Committee (2011-2013). Head coach for the Connecticut Senior All Star games in 2013 and 2014.
  • Off the field: He also coaches youth lacrosse in Waterford and the Connecticut Cardinals lacrosse club team based out of Wesleyan University in Middletown.

John Burkinshaw
Xavier, Sr., Defender

  • Stats: He had 10 assists, 51 interceptions and averaged nearly seven ground balls a game in leading the Falcons to a 10-8 record.
  • Honors: Two-time first team All-SCC and second team all-state selection. Chosen to play in the Senior All-Star game.
  • Off the field: National Honor Society, SCC Scholar Athlete of the Month, four-year starter on the ice hockey team.
  • Up next: Will attend South Carolina.

Tyler Burns
Amity, Jr., Midfield

  • Stats: Led the Spartans to the CIAC Class L semifinals with his speed and agility in the transition phase of the game. He had 12 goals, 33 assists and 59 ground balls.
  • Honors: All-SCC selection.
  • Off the field: All-Area selection for football.
  • Up next: He will reclassify as a junior at Choate, where he will play both lacrosse and football.

Ryan Corcoran
St. Joseph, Sr., Attack-Midfield

  • Stats: Stratford resident had a single-season school record 64 goals with 17 assists and ended up with 115 goals and 37 assists for his career. Led the Cadets to the Class S championship, scoring seven goals in a 14-11 win over Brookfield in the final.
  • Honors: Two-time first team all-state pick.
  • Off the field: National Spanish Honor Society member who also played ice hockey and on the football team that won the 2013 Class M championship.
  • Up next: Will play lacrosse at Quinnipiac.

Ben Ferrucci
Valley Regional, Jr., Attack

  • Stats: Had 79 goals and 31 assists to lead the Warriors to one of their best seasons at 11-6. He has 195 goals and 81 assists for his career. His best game was in a 10-9 win over Morgan, where he finished with six goals.
  • Honors: First team all-state selection.
  • Off the field: Also plays soccer.

Alex Hassen
Notre Dame-West Haven, Sr., Attack

  • Stats: One of the top playmakers in the area, he had 71 points this season (30 goals, 41 assists) and set single-season school records for points and assists.
  • Off the field: Academic All-American, National Honor Society and CIAC Scholar Athlete. He was also captain of the swim team and cross country team.
  • Up next: Will attend the U.S. Naval Academy.

Anthony Johnson
Fairfield Prep, Sr., Defender

  • Stats: Led the Jesuits to the SCC tournament championship. Helped limit opponents to only five goals in both the semifinals and championship game. Also led the Jesuits to the CIAC Class L quarterfinals.
  • Honors: Selected SCC tournament MVP, first team All-SCC and first team all-state.
  • Off the field: Also played football.
  • Up next: Will play lacrosse at Bryant.

David Knapp
Guilford, Sr., Defender

  • Stats: He was one reason the Indians allowed less than 10 goals in 13 games this season. Helped lead the Indians to an 11-9 record and the CIAC Class M quarterfinals.
  • Honors: First team All-SCC and second team all-state selection.
  • Off the field: Also was a running back on the football team.
  • Up next: Will attend the University of New Hampshire and major in electric engineering.

Jared Lawson
Cheshire, Sr., Goalie

  • Stats: Had a .680 save percentage and 9.6 goals-against average with 147 goals allowed. Set the school’s single-season save record with 325.
  • Honors: Two-time Second Team All-SCC and Academic All-American pick. Selected for the Senior All-Star game.
  • Off the field: National Honor Society, Best Buddies, peer health education and Unified Sports.
  • Up next: Will study engineering at Boston University.

Corey Millhouse
Hamden Hall, Fr., Midfield

  • Stats: Despite routinely being double- and triple-teammed, the North Haven resident was the team’s leading scorer with 45 goals and 31 assists and led the rebuilding Hornets’ to an 8-9 record.
  • Honors: First team All-Fairchester and first team All-WNESSLA Division II MVP selection.
  • Off the field: Also plays football for the Hornets.

Cole Pecora
North Haven, Jr., Attack

  • Stats: Had 38 goals, 47 assists including five goals and four assists in a 17-6 win over Cheshire to lead North Haven to A 13-3 regular-season record.
  • Honors: First team All-SCC, second team all-state selection.
  • Off the field: Plays trumpet in the school’s concert band and co-captain of the football team.
  • Up next: Considering Salisbury, Lynchburg and Springfield with hopes of continuing his lacrosse career.

Sasha Possick
Hopkins, Sr., Attack

  • Stats: Had 47 goals and 23 assists and ended up with 184 goals and 74 assists for his career.
  • Honors: Two-time Register All-Area, first team All-Western New England Secondary School Lacrosse Association and two-time All-Fairchester Athletic Association selection.
  • Off the field: He was a captain on the football, basketball and lacrosse teams his senior year.
  • Up next: He will play lacrosse at Indiana.

Austin Sims
Fairfield Prep, Sr., Midfield

  • Stats: His athleticism resulted in 42 goals and 18 assists in leading the Jesuits to a 12-0 SCC record and 14-6 overall mark.
  • Honors: U.S. Lacrosse All-American, first team All-SCC and all-state, SCC Player of the Year.
  • Off the field: National Honor Society, graduated Cum Laude at Prep. Also played soccer for the Jesuits.
  • Up next: Will play lacrosse at Princeton.

Reid Sweitzer
Hand, So., Midfield

  • Stats: Had 39 goals, seven assists and 87 ground balls to lead the Tigers to an 11-9 record and the CIAC Class M semifinals. After starting the season 1-6 the Tigers closed strong with a 10-3 mark.
  • Honors: Second team All-SCC and all-state selection.
  • Off the field: Also plays linebacker on the football team.

Colin Uyeki
North Haven, Jr., Attack

  • Stats: Had 40 goals and 27 assists. Holds the school records for goals and points as a freshman (34 goals, 41 points) and sophomore (48 goals, 67 points).
  • Honors: First team All-SCC and all-state selection.
  • Off the field: Three-time All-SCC Academic team, National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Latin Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Science Honor Society, youth lacrosse volunteer coach and Habitat for Humanity volunteer.



  1. SCC Pride says

    It’s a shame when kids leave their home town program to play for some private school. The young man from hamden hall could have helped North Haven compete for a state championship.

    • gobballfan says

      Or, they can continue to go to private schools, win a state championship, AND get a great education (possibly scholarships) and go to a better college because of the exposure the private schools give them. Just a thought.

        • Wow says

          What’s a real shame is how some “adults” don’t understand the concept of furthering your education elsewhere. The idea that you don’t believe in private schools and view them as the enemy is so ignorant it’s almost unbelievable to me.

          • SCCDAD says

            @SCCPRIDE……Did you really just single out a high school freshman whose parents have had him in Hamden Hall for as long as i have known them? If you are under 18 i can only blame your own parents for not raising you better and if god forbid you are an “adult” you should go and get yourself some professional help.Congrats Corey !!! Keep up the good work on the field and in the classroom you will go far in life!!!!

          • scc fan says

            Yeah, and the private schools recruit from all over CT. However, not one person can back up the recruiting comments with any type of proof. It sounds as though public schools recruit more than private schools with Cochran at Masuk, Newsome and Ansonia, kids from Weston all of a sudden moving to Madison to play for Hand, etc.

  2. gobballfan says

    Recruiting definitely more in public than private schools. You still have to pay at private schools. Basketball players from WH and NH bounce around between 5 schools more than the actual basketball.

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