By Michael Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
The boys lacrosse program at Medfield High School is one that sees contributions from every area of the roster, year in and year out. In 2018, John Isaf’s boys saw several underclassmen step up and become essential pieces of the team.
From the sophomore class, attack-men Jack McCordic and Jimmy Cosolito had breakout seasons, along with midfielders Jake Sherman and Mike Tyer. Meanwhile, LSM Sam Joline and shutdown second-team All-American close D John Schofield did their parts in the defensive end and on faceoffs, while freshman Jack Rideout slotted into a key offensive role as one of the team’s top versatile midfielders.
Obviously, a high school lacrosse program requires a solid youth program in order for kids to come up and make immediate contributions at the varsity level. Whether we are talking current (Rideout, Sherman, McCordic) or past (Owen Murphy), Medfield’s above-average youth program, and its products, have helped the varsity program to stay atop the TVL and Division II throughout the last decade.
This past week, Medfield 8A Youth took home its third straight Town Pride League Tournament title, and once again, Medfield Youth flexed its muscles as one of the top programs around. The victory further proved that the future of Med-Lax at the varsity level is extremely bright.
As the No. 2 seed in Division I, Medfield 8A defeated Norwell and perennial youth and varsity powers from the South Shore, Duxbury and Hingham en route to the championship.
With these eighth graders now getting ready to enter their freshman years of high school this fall, it is only fair to assume that joining forces with the talent already assembled on varsity and JV will allow the program to continue to flourish, both next season and in the coming years.
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