A tough list to narrow down, here are some of the top boys lacrosse players around the CIAC:
Nick Alviti, New Fairfield, Sr., D: All-American shut down some fine offensive players during the Rebels’ undefeated run to the Class M championship.
Connor Boyle, Fairfield Prep, Sr., M: A number of Jesuits would fit nicely on this list, including this returning second-team all-state middie, headed for Vermont.
Riley Burgmyer, Somers, Sr., A/M: A couple of the Spartans’ key players will miss the start with injuries, including Burgmyer, but they’re expected back soon as they try to get back to the Class S final.
Kyle Burbank, St. Joseph, Sr., G: Put on a show in the Cadets’ Class S championship-game victory. His team insisted he was underrated all year.
Andrew Calabrese, Wilton, Sr, G: Most of the people high on the Warriors mentioned this All-America goalie as their key reason. And the others respect him plenty, too.
Wes Carpenter, Ridgefield, Sr., M: One of the key returning players for the defending champions, a second-team all-state pick last season.
Jack Carr, Shelton, Sr., D: A first-team all-state defender last year for the Gaels, who allowed four goals or fewer in eight of their 11 wins.
Patrick Ciquera, Staples, Jr., A: Bucknell-bound junior scored 27 goals last year for the Wreckers.
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John DeLucia, Guilford, Sr. A: After 269 points in his hockey career, the Quinnipiac-bound All-American returns after 104 points in his junior season of lacrosse.
Jack Feda, Greenwich, Sr., A: There’s at least one rival FCIAC coach who calls him the best player in the league. Feda is also headed for Bucknell.
Griffin Fitzmaurice, Hand, Sr., G: Allowed fewer than six goals a game last year… and scored three himself.
Tucker Garrity, Newtown, Sr., M: Off a 129-point season, he’s poised to be among the top midfielders in the state.
Zack Hochman, NDWH, Sr., M: Scored 56 goals, stood out on faceoffs, was named first-team all-state and helped the Green Knights to the Class M semifinals.
James Leary, New Fairfield, Sr., LSM: Nearly all of the Rebels’ key players return, and most of them could fit on this list, like this All-American headed for Robert Morris.
Quintin O’Connell, New Canaan, Sr., M: Electric middie, an All-American headed for North Carolina, also holds several receiving records for the Rams’ perennially strong football team.
Kellen Paparella, Bacon Academy, Soph., M: Are the Bobcats ready to be a player in Class S? Rival coaches see talent there, like first-team all-staters Dylan Heald, Casey Hart and Paparella.
Phil Pasmeg, St. Joseph, Sr., D: Heart and soul of the defense for the Class S champion Cadets. He was a first-team all-state defender last year.
Jackson Peters, Darien, Jr., M: The way the Blue Wave reloads, with even standout young players like Peters waiting their turn to shine, this list could be full of Darien.
Henri Pfeifle, Darien, Sr., M: Darien has athletes just about everywhere, like Pfeifle, also an all-state hockey goalie, who was a second-team all-FCIAC middie last year.
Hudson Pokorny, Darien, Sr., A: Or Pokorny, another second-team all-conference player last year who’s got a chance to be a top player this year. And these are just Darien’s ‘P’s.
Mason Reale, Fairfield Prep, Sr., A: The Villanova-bound All-American scored 60 goals last year for the Jesuits.
Ryan Schriber, Wilton, Sr., D: All-FCIAC and second-team all-state player headlines what could be a strong Warriors defense in front of Calabrese.
Jason Schumilla, Cheshire, Jr., D: On a young Rams team, he’ll anchor the defense in front of junior goalie Brendan Grove.
Jake Tellers, East Catholic, Sr., A: Headed to Quinnipiac, Tellers was a first-team all-state attackman as the Eagles reached the Class S semifinals for the fourth time in five years.
Justin Wietfeldt, New Canaan, Jr. FO: Nick Crovatto leaves, and the Rams probably won’t miss a beat on faceoffs.