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By Michael Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
The 2018 high school lacrosse season may have come to an official end two weeks ago at Nickerson Field in Boston, but some of the state’s top talent assembled at Xaverian Brothers High School for one final tilt on Monday night for the BostonLax All-American Game.
Playing on Team Hammer, representing Hometown Weekly’s seven communities and nine high school lacrosse programs, were Jack Dillon (DS), Jake Antonucci (Westwood), Sam Jean (Xaverian), Dylan Gardner (Xaverian), Rob Colburn (Walpole), Michael Bomes (Wellesley), Jason Child (Needham), Cam Martin (Westwood – St. Sebastian’s), and Alex Gainey (Westwood – St. Sebastian’s).
Competing for Team Shield were Will Frisoli (Westwood – St. Sebastian’s), Matt DeSisto (Medfield – St. Sebastian’s), John Schofield (Medfield), Andrew Johnson (Dover – Nobles), Hayden Cheek (Wellesley – Nobles), Jett Dziama (Wellesley – Nobles), and Sean Nizolek (Xaverian).
Team Shield came away with a 19-11 victory.
Bomes recorded a goal and an assist for Team Hammer, assisting on one to Child (two goals, one assist). Jack Dillon recorded a pair of assists, including one to Sam Jean (two goals, one assist), while Colburn forced a pair of turnovers on defense and Gainey made five saves in net. Antonucci recorded an assist.
Jett Dziama was the star of the night for Hometown’s seven communities in this one, scoring a hat trick and recording an assist for Team Hammer. Hayden Cheek dished out a pair of assists, while Schofield forced three turnovers and scooped five groundballs.
“It was a good experience,” said Walpole’s Rob Colburn after the game. “It was a little faster after not playing for a while, but I had fun and it was good getting out here with a bunch of guys and capping off the year with a good game.”
“It’s a huge honor to come out here and compete with the best,” said Dover-Sherborn product and Sacred Heart-bound star Jack Dillon. “Both private school and public, it’s good to see a lot of familiar faces from club. All in all, it was a lot of fun to be here and a great experience.”
“Fun game,” said Needham’s Jason Child. “Getting together with some of the best players around Boston and showing what we have, it was fun.”
“Being a senior, it’s definitely great to throw on the jersey one more time and come back out here and have some fun playing the game we love,” said Wellesley’s Michael Bomes. “Not everyone knows each other, but we’ve all played together or against one another at some point throughout the years, so it’s fun to just come back out for one last shot.”
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