New England is home to some of the best Division III lacrosse around.
Three of the past five national titles have returned to the region, with Tufts (2014, 2015) and Wesleyan (2018) bookending Salisbury’s continued dominance. Those wins have reaffirmed that the NESCAC is likely the hardest college conference around.
That environment entices plenty of top-end talent to stay local, but many still navigate beyond New England. From that, New England Lacrosse Journal has highlighted 10 players outside the region to watch for this spring.
The group, listed below in alphabetical order, features several All-Americans and national title contenders. Each player is from Massachusetts or Connecticut, two hotbeds for lacrosse.
Denison | LSM | Jr. | Hingham, Mass.
Broderick is an Honorable Mention All-NCAC long-stick midfielder who enters life as an upperclassman with 86 ground balls and 22 caused turnovers. The former Thayer Academy (Mass.) standout has helped the Big Red make two straight NCAA tournaments.
St. Lawrence | A | Sr. | Scituate, Mass.
Caffrey is a transfer from Ohio Wesleyan, one who had 69 points (44 goals, 25 assists) for the Saints in 2018 as he took home First-Team All-Liberty League honors. Caffrey is also a former prep school standout at Brewster Academy (N.H.), one who earned a spot on the First-Team All-Region team last year, too.
Lynchburg | Faceoff specialist | Sr. | Marstons Mills, Mass.
Delaney had his best season from the faceoff X in 2018, winning 150 of 291 draws, good for 51.5 percent. For those efforts, Delaney helped Lynchburg win its seventh ODAC championship, only for the Hornets to fall to Dickinson in the NCAA tournament’s second round.
Roanoke | A | Sr. | Wilton, Conn.
Devane has seen his production levels increase with each passing season, building towards 41 points (30 goals, 11 assists) in 2018. That placed Devane on the All-ODAC Third Team, as the Maroons made the NCAA tournament’s second round, falling to Christopher Newport.
Washington & Lee | M | Jr. | Darien, Conn.
Hamill is an All-ODAC First Team midfielder, one who’s coming off a 2018 season with 48 points (32 goals, 16 assists). He’s certainly benefitted from playing with A.J. Witherell, arguably the nation’s top attackman, but is talented in his own right. Last year, the Generals made the NCAA tournament’s third round.
RPI | M | Sr. | Acton, Mass.
Kelly’s remarkably consistent in the attacking phase for the Engineers, as he carries 123 career points (54 goals, 69 assists) into his final season with RPI. He’s earned All-Liberty League Second Team honors each of the past two years.
Ithaca | M | Sr. | Fairfield, Conn.
The Liberty League is RIT’s to win, but the Bombers could make an NCAA tournament run like they did during King’s freshman and junior seasons, losing each time to Tufts in the quarterfinals. Throughout his career, King has 46 career points, including a personal high of 26 (18 goals, eight assists) as a junior.
Salisbury | M | Sr. | Redding, Conn.
Pompea burst onto the scene for the Sea Gulls last year as they fell to Wesleyan in the national title game at Gillette Stadium. After recording nine points as an underclassman, Pompea had 55 (34 goals, 21 assists) as a junior. Salisbury has won 21 CAC titles and made 30 straight NCAA tournaments, so they’re bound to be in contention for a national crown yet again.
Dickinson | LSM | Sr. | Avon, Conn.
Usich is a two-time All-American, earning second team honors as a junior after being named to the honorable mention squad as a sophomore. He’s also a First Team All-Centennial Conference player, one with 153 ground balls and 77 caused turnovers across the past three seasons.
Gettysburg | D | Jr. | Fairfield, Conn.
Wykoff is the reigning Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Year, plus took home Second Team All-American honors last year. He’s a fantastic lockdown defender and, as sophomore, picked up a remarkable 145 ground balls to go alongside 26 caused turnovers.