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By Michael Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
The 2017 season was an extremely successful one for the Westwood High School boys and girls varsity lacrosse teams. On June 30, several stars on both teams took home prestigious end-of-the-year awards.On the girls’ side, Haley Connaughton was named Boston Globe All-Scholastic, TVL MVP, and a TVL All-Star. Connaughton led the TVL in points (140) with 90 goals and 50 assists in 23 games played, and helped guide Westwood to an 18-5 season.
Following her monster senior season in 2017 and graduation from Westwood High back in June, Connaughton will play under scholarship at UMass-Amherst in the fall. Joining Connaughton as TVL All-Stars were Kelly Doonan, Bryant bound Shea Farrell, Caroline Kremer, and Georgia Salvatore.
As for the boys, it was only a matter of time until Jake Antonucci was honored for his incredible efforts throughout the 2017 season, especially after leading Westwood in points, goals, and shots on net in the always-stacked TVL. Antonucci’s six-goal effort in the quarterfinal round of the Central/East Sectionals helped orchestrate a 10-7 road upset of Hopkinton.
Along with teammate Connor Deehan, Antonucci was named a TVL All-Star. Entering his senior season in 2017-2018, the multi-sport star in football and lacrosse will take his talents to Providence College, where he’s been committed to play lacrosse since the beginning of last season.All of these awards - and the 2017 season as a whole - prove that lacrosse is becoming more than just a way to keep in shape for Westwood athletes during the spring season. Haley Connaughton, Jake Antonucci, Shea Farrell and others are showing that the town of Westwood is breeding lacrosse stars at an impressive rate, and the area is becoming a hotbed for elite lacrosse talent on both the boys and girls sides of the game.
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