When the college lacrosse season gets underway in early February, there will be no shortage of New Englanders leaving their mark.
Plenty will lead teams within the region, including UMass defenseman Isaac Paparo (Westport, Conn.), Brown midfielder Michael Panepinto (Needham, Mass.) and Boston University attackman James Burr (Hamilton, Mass.), among others. But many of the region’s top players ply their trade at programs outside our six states, ones where national title talk reigns supreme.
Thus, New England Lacrosse Journal has highlighted 20 local players outside of New England to watch for in 2019. All 20 are returners, as expanded stories on freshmen will follow suit.
The below players are listed in alphabetical order, with 11 calling Connecticut home and another six from Massachusetts.
Cornell | SSM | Soph. | Wilton, Conn.
After playing for New Jersey prep lacrosse powerhouse Lawrenceville School, Bardwell adjusted well to life in the Ivy League. He appeared in 17 games as one of the Big Red’s primary short-stick middies as they fell in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals. His role should remain steady in 2019, as should that of fellow New Englanders John Piatelli (Wrentham, Mass.), a sophomore attackman, and Brandon Salvatore (New Canaan, Conn.), a junior defenseman.
Maryland | LSM | Sr. | Concord, Mass.
Brozowski played a key role in the Terrapins’ 2017 national title team, though he’s consistently made an impact since taking a redshirt during 2015. Throughout his career, the former Concord Carlisle Regional (Mass.) High School star has 67 ground balls, including a career-high 37 last year, and 22 caused turnovers. He’s fantastic in transition play and will look to help Maryland bounce back after falling short in its quest for three straight Big Ten conference tournament titles.
Colgate | A | Sr. | Arlington, Mass.
Cleveland spent his first two seasons at Colgate at attack, notching 69 points across that span. The former Rivers School (Mass.) star took another massive step forward in 2018, earning Second Team All-Patriot League honors after recording 31 assists, fourth best in the conference. Colgate hasn’t made the NCAA tournament since 2015, but could that change with another massive season from Cleveland?
Michigan | M | Sr. | Greenwich, Conn.
Heading into his senior year, Curran has cemented his place as one of the elite attackmen in the Big Ten. He has 70 career points (48 goals, 22 assists) and provided four-game winning goals last year, so he offers that clutch instinct. He’s among the all-time leading scorers at Greenwich (Conn.) High School and is a foundational piece for second-year head coach Kevin Conry. The Wolverines have only held Division I status for eight seasons now.
Syracuse | SSM | Jr. | Ridgefield, Conn.
Dearth’s older brother, Cal, was a four-year standout at Boston University and plays for the Boston Cannons of the MLL. Dearth is a standout player in his own right, though, serving as a reliable short-stick midfielder for the Orange. He had 24 ground balls and six caused turnovers last year, helping Syracuse sneak into the NCAA tournament after falling in the ACC title game.
Penn | D | Jr. | Darien, Conn.
Earning First Team All-Ivy honors is no easy feat, one that’s even more impressive when completed as an underclassmen. That’s what Evanchick did during his sophomore season (2018), one that often meant marking the opponent’s top offensive threat. Evanchick also plays football at Penn, serving as an outside linebacker. During his high school days at Darien (Conn.), he was named 2015 Gatorade Player of the Year and holds the state record for sacks.
Johns Hopkins | D | Jr. | Winchester, Mass.
After not playing during the 2017 season, Foley bounced back with a vengeance in 2018, earning All-America and Second Team All-Big Ten honors. The former St. John’s Prep (Mass.) standout has 53 ground balls and 25 caused turnovers across two seasons at Johns Hopkins. Back in 2016, Foley also played for the United States’ U19 World Championship team.
Notre Dame | A | Sr. | Wolfeboro, N.H.
After the 2017 season, speculation ensued as to whether Garnsey would remain at Notre Dame or transfer out. He ultimately stayed with the Fighting Irish, matching his previous career high of 43 points (29 goals, 14 assists) as the team won its second ACC tournament title. Garnsey was named ACC Freshman of the Year back in 2016, so he carries high expectations into his final college lacrosse season.
Notre Dame | M | Sr. | Essex, Vt.
Gleason followed up a breakout sophomore season with an even better junior campaign, earning a spot on the All-ACC First Team and getting All-America Honorable Mention recognition. He has 66 points (46 goals, 20 assists) across the past two seasons to pair with 28 ground balls. Gleason was a three-sport athlete growing up, starring at Essex (Vt.) High School in football and hockey as well.
Michigan | GK | Grad. | Greenwich, Conn.
After being granted a medical redshirt season in 2015, Heidt returns for a final season of Wolverine lacrosse in 2019. This past year, Heidt missed the first six games of the season due to injury, but rebounded to post a .549 save percentage and 10.11 goals against mark. His leadership and experience will surely be leaned upon as Michigan looks to build off an 8-6 record, tied for best-ever in program history.
Virginia | A | Jr. | New Canaan, Conn.
Kraus’ mark on college lacrosse has been profound since day No. 1, earning ACC Freshman of the Year honors in 2017 and a Tewaaraton Trophy nominee nod in 2018. He has a remarkable 139 points (78 goals, 61 assists) through two seasons, while his 83-point mark as a sophomore is No. 2 all-time at UVA for a single season. Kraus’ pounding play at attack opens up space for others.
Loyola | A | Soph. | Darien, Conn.
Pat Spencer is regarded as one of the best-ever attackmen in college lacrosse. In 2018, Lindley tied his mark for goals (37) by a Loyola freshman, which also tied for third nationally among first-years. Lindley didn’t take home any All-Patriot League honors for his efforts, but the 5-foot-10 scorer is undoubtedly one of the conference’s best at his position. Last year, Loyola won its fourth Patriot League title in five years.
Duke | A | Sr. | Foxborough, Mass.
Duke marched to the national title game last year, falling to Yale, 13-11, at Gillette Stadium. That run, in part, was fueled by steady play from Lowrie, who has 48 points (31 goals, 17 assists) across the last two seasons. On the local scene, Lowrie was a five-year starter at Roxbury Latin and holds a program record of 285 career points.
Penn | A | Sr. | Ridgefield, Conn.
Mathias is one of the Ivy League’s premier attackmen, earning all-conference honors each of the last three seasons. In 2018, he earned Second Team All-Ivy honors for the second year in a row, pushing his production to 135 career points via 84 goals and 51 assists. Ahead of his senior year, Mathias holds a 43-game point-scoring streak and 20-game goal-scoring streak.
Duke | A | Jr. | Saundersville, R.I.
Manown’s a bit on the older side as a 22-year-old junior, but he’s still an impactful player for the Blue Devils, who lost in the national title game last year. Manown has 63 points (44 goals, 19 assists) throughout his career, twice earning a place on the ACC Academic Honor Roll. Before his Duke days, Manown was a lacrosse and hockey star at La Salle Academy (R.I.).
Utah | D | Soph. | New Cannan, Conn.
Utah’s introduction to the Division I lacrosse world is one of the more-exciting storylines of the 2019 season, and a New Englander will be front and center. Neeleman is one of four captains for the Utes, having earned MCLA Second Team All-America honors last year. The jump from club to NCAA lacrosse is a massive one, so it’ll be interesting to see how Neeleman navigates the transition.
Bucknell | LSM | Jr. | Northampton, Mass.
Newman made the most of increased playing time last year, recording 25 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers as the Bison earned a share of the Patriot League regular-season title. Locally, Newman previously starred in football and lacrosse for Suffield Academy (Conn.), serving as a two-year captain for the Tigers.
North Carolina | M | Jr. | Greenwich, Conn.
Perry entered the Tar Heels’ program with much fanfare, an expectation he’s sure met. During his first two seasons, Perry has 49 points (36 goals, 13 assists), showing steady progression as UNC has recorded a .500 record each year. The ACC program won the national title in 2016, so perhaps Perry can help return them to national glory.
Richmod | M | Soph. | Newtown, Conn.
Savoca had a rock-solid freshman year, posting 29 points (24 goals, five assists) en route to a spot on the All-SoCon Second and All-Freshman teams. His efforts helped the Spiders win the SoCon tournament over Jacksonville, 11-10, in overtime. With that, Savoca and Richmond made their second-ever NCAA tournament appearance, falling to Albany, an eventual semifinalist, in the first round.
Princeton | LSM | Soph. | Canton, Mass.
After receiving an Honorable Mention All-Ivy League selection as a freshman, Song represented China at the 2018 FIL World Championships in Netanya, Israel. The former Roxbury Latin star had 48 ground balls to go with 14 caused turnovers. Princeton hasn’t made the NCAA tournament since 2012, but it has a long-term building block in Song.