The 2014 Connecticut US Lacrosse All-American Team
Mason Burr, Simsbury: The senior Hobart-bound attackman keyed Simsbury offensively, emerging as the squad’s leading scorer.
Luke Finneran, Greenwich: Finneran produced a sensational senior season for the Cardinals, emerging as one of the team’s go-to players offensively. Also an All-State attackman, Finneran tallied four goals and three assists in Greenwich’s 13-10 win over Staples in the Class L Tournament final. He scored twice in the Cards’ Class L semifinal victory against Ridgefield and posted four goals against Fairfield Prep in the tournament’s quarterfinal round.
“Luke is the best inside finisher I have ever coached,” Bulkley said. “He has a knack for getting open in the inside and has great hands. He came up huge for us in the biggest games of the season.”
Simon Mathias, Ridgefield: The junior attack posted 45 goals and 19 assists for the Tigers. He was also an All-State selection for Ridgefield.
Harry Stanton, New Canaan: The speedy, senior attackman was one of the Rams’ threats on offense the past several years. Stanton, who will play at Wesleyan University next season, is an outstanding finisher and is especially dangerous when he’s backing in defenders. He tallied twice in the Rams’ 10-8 loss to Darien in the Class M finals.
Peter Lindley, Darien: Known for his blistering shots from the perimeter, the senior attackman amassed 63 goals and 19 assists for the Blue Wave.
“When we needed a big goal, he was either on the receiving end or assisting end of that score,” Brameier said of his All-American/All-State standout. “He was our offensive MVP and was electric.”
Lindley will bring his skills to the University of Massachusetts.
Rayn Babiak, Glastonbury: A senior midfielder, Babiak will play at Boston University in 2014.
Kyle Cornell, Darien: A two-way midfielder, the Bryant College-bound senior recorded 23 goals and 13 assists for the unbeaten Blue Wave. He also earned All-State honors.
“He’s a tremendous leader,” Darien coach Jeff Brameier said. “He was just elected captain and did everything he possibly could to take the team on his shoulders with leadership and dedication to become the kind of team we became.”
Decker Curran, Greenwich: The junior midfielder recorded 48 goals and 25 assists for the Class L champion Cardinals. Also an All-State selection, Curran has committed to Michigan.
“Decker is a high energy guy and is one of the best pure shooters in the state,” GHS coach Scott Bulkley said. “He was an attacker he first two years before we moved him to the midfield this season and he had one of his best offensive seasons, causing a lot of matchup problems. He is great at unsettled situations.”
Kyle Foote, Greenwich: The 6-foot-3 senior midfielder registered 28 goals and 25 assists in 19 games, earning him the Connecticut High School Coaches Association as the Lacrosse Player of the Year award.
“I’m not sure anyone puts more into his craft than he does,” GHS coach Scott Bulkley said. “His improvement over the years is a testament to how hard he works. He can shoot righty, lefty, is a great passer and can also play defense. That’s why the coaches selected him as the player of the year, because he can do anything out there.”
Harry Gillespie, Darien: The senior Virginia-bound midfielder scored 22 goals and added 20 assists and had a penchant for tallying clutch goals throughout the season.
“He was our gunslinger from the midfield and at the same time, he was also probably one of our top IQ guys,” Brameier said of his All-American/All-State player. “He had a feel for what teams were doing and he would come into a team huddle after the first timeout and tell us what he thought defenses were trying to do.”
Dylan Maher, Ridgefield: A strong finisher from the inside, the senior Dicksonson-bound midfielder helped lead Ridgefield to both the FCIAC and Class L semifinals. An all-state selection as well, his impressive stick skills and on-target shooting ability made him a one of the Tigers’ top scoring threats.
Austin Sims, Fairfield Prep: A senior midfielder, Sims was one of the best shooters in the state on the run and off dodges. His athletic ability and knack for making key plays made him one of the most difficult midfielders to defend. He’ll play at Princeton in 2014.
Mark Evanchick, Darien: A sophomore, Evanchick emerged as the defender the Blue Wave relied upon to shut down the opposition’s top offensive threat.
“He drew the top offensive player in almost every game and did a tremendous job of taking them out every game,” Brameier said. “We didn’t have to worry about them putting big points against us. He became a one-man wrecking crew.”
Jack Harrington, Greenwich: A 6-foot-4 defender, Harrington earned the reputation of being one of the state’s premier close defenders. Scoring against the Cardinals wasn’t easy and Harrington’s presence on the field was one of the reasons why. Also a member of the All-State team, Harrington will play at Duke University next year.
“Jack has a great lax IQ,” Bulkley said. “He brought a tremendous amount of experience and he was very intimidating out there due to his size. He started for almost four years and he always worked extremely hard.”
Peter Sconzo, Simsbury: The senior defender, who helped Simsbury earn the No. 1 seed in the Class L tournament, will compete at UMass in 2014.
Phil Huffard, Darien: Getting a shot past Darien’s Yale University-bound goalie was indeed, a tough task. The senior registered 173 saves, yielded just 83 goals and posted a 67.8 save percentage.
“He really helped right the ship,” Brameier said. “He really took the bull by the horns and was the leader of the defense. Phil made big time saves, was the best goalie in the state and a great captain.”
Grant Limone, Weston: Limone, a 6-3 senior goalie who will play at Loyola University next season, averaged 11 saves per game and saved 62 percent of the shots that came his way.
“Grant was the backbone of our team,” Weston coach John Mathews said. “We relied on him heavily each game and he really came through for us. He has a big up-side and I expect him to be right in the mix as far as competing for a starting job, in college.”
Josh Miller, Brien McMahon: The senior goalie earned All-American honors for the second straight season. Miller, who will take his talents to Towson University next season, helped keep McMahon in many games this spring behind his stellar play in goal.