The fourth annual Legacy HS Invitational Tournament played at the sprawling 15-field complex in Devens (Mass.) featured 46 programs in the ’17, ’18 and ’19 age groups, consisting of AA and A divisions. Hosted by Laxachusetts, the two-day tournament was played on Thursday and Friday and welcomed 148 college coaches to the sidelines to recruit.
Thursday’s all-day action concluded with three uncommitted All-Star Games, featuring 46 rising stars in each age group. Laxachusetts took home three championships on Friday, capturing the 2018 AA, 2019 AA and 2019 A titles. Warrior Elite won the 2017 AA title and Champion Select (2017 A) and Encore ACES (2018 A) were the final championship victors.
Ryan Killian, a Boston-based writer who founded MassPrepStars.com and contributes to BostonLax.Net, was in attendance for Recruiting Rundown and has his list of the most impressive players at Legacy last week.
John Piatelli ’17, A, Warrior Elite Regulator / St. Sebastian’s (Mass.) – CORNELL Piatelli’s advanced attack skills were on full display all tournament long, as the 6-foot-0 recruit played unselfishly and with a high lacrosse IQ. Piatelli was a dangerous threat when he possessed the ball in 6v6 situations, scoring two of his team’s three goals in their championship win. Piatelli had a excellent junior season, playing for St. Sebastian’s (Mass.) in the ISL, earning first team all-league honors and garnering an appearance in the BostonLax All-American game.
Ryan Dickson ’18, FO/M, NXT / Penn Charter (Pa.) – UNCOMMITTED
The 6-foot-2 Dickson has great size for the face-off position and he had a fantastic tournament for NXT. Dickson dominated his opponents at the X, despite taking the majority of the draws in the hot and humid weather over five games in two days. Dickson possesses a great pair of quick and strong hands, which helped him control clamps and push the ball out in favorable positions for himself and his wings. Dickson also showed nice versatility and an ability to adjust his game over the two days.
Nico Ragaini ’17, M, CT Cardinals / Notre Dame West Haven (Conn.) – CORNELL
Ragaini was the most impressive looking all-around athlete at the Legacy tournament this week. The 6-foot-1 midfielder, who is also a star wide receiver on the gridiron, displayed an impressive physique, explosive speed and elite agility. His defensive midfield work was the highlight of the two days, as he used his strength and speed to limit or destroy dodges from the top or wing. A developing offensive player, Ragaini showed strong vision in transition and an ability to get to the cage using his strength and size. He’ll PG before joining the Big Red in the fall of 2018.
Brian Antonelli ’18, A, Laxachusetts / Belmont Hill (Mass.) – BROWN
Antonelli was a dominant offensive force for Laxachusetts on their way to the 2018 AA championship. The gifted attackman even scored the “Golden Goal” in overtime on an off-balanced shot off the crease to seal the title for his squad. Antonelli is comfortable going both directions and has one of the top low-to-high shots in his class. His ability to move the ball, score in transition, and get by defenders are also distinguishing strengths in his game. Look for Antonelli to have a big season next year, as he leads returning ISL champion Belmont Hill.
Collin Almeida ’19, M, Laxachusetts / Falmouth (Mass.) – UNCOMMITTED
The explosive and dynamic Almeida was the top offensive stars in the 2019 AA bracket over the course of the two day tournament. With many high-level Division 1 programs in hot pursuit, Almeida did little to disappoint, showing off his big right-handed shot, his athleticism and electric stick skills. Almeida also excelled in the All-Star game on Thursday night, netting a highlight-film goal to add to his resume. Almeida scored 47 goals and dished out 20 assists for Falmouth in his freshman season, leading them to an 18-2 record and a No. 2 seed in the Massachusetts D2 South state tournament.
Luke Majick ’19, M, True Michigan / Forest Hills Central (Mich.) – UNCOMMITTED
Majick was extremely impressive in the championship game against Laxachusetts, playing a strong two-way midfield, as well as showing an ability to excel in transition. The 5-foot-11 lefty has good speed, an above average shot and an ability to go both ways. Majick scored one of the prettiest goals of the tournament, throwing a deceptive ball fake, followed by an attack and finish.
Will Frisoli ’19, LSM, Laxachusetts / St. Sebastian’s (Mass.) – IVY LEAGUE
The athletic and talented Frisoli was the star that shined brightest over the two-day tournament. Frisoli proved nearly impossible to dodge against and his work on groundballs was equally impressive. Fresh off a post-season appearance in the BostonLax All-America game, Frisoli continued to show an impressive all-around game and an unremitting energy on the field. Frisoli played strong off the wing on face-offs and was equally adept in rotations and switches in settled situations.
Patrick English ’18, M, True Michigan / Forest Hills Central (Mich.) – MARQUETTE
The 5-foot-11 English showed why Marquette will be happy to welcome him to the fold in 2018, as he played one of the best offensive midfield games of any 2018 middie over the two days. His ability to beat his man and score on the run was evident all afternoon on Friday in True MI’s run to the championship game. English is a smart and efficient dodger, who did not force offense and took advantage of numerous offensive opportunities over the two days. English earned US All-American honors this season for FHC in just his sophomore season.
Adam Towey ’18, D, Laxachusetts / Moses Brown (R.I.) – UMASS The 6-foot-1 lefty defender was extremely active and productive over the course of the tournament, excelling in man defense, rotating within the team-defensive system and carrying and advancing the ball in transition. Towey is a well-built athlete with a strong stick. The most impressive component to his game that has shown improvement is his decision-making skills. Towey worked well with his defensive line mates Duke Lenaghan (UMass) and Peter Rizzotti, who also played well in the tournament.
Danny Popowics ’17, D, Carmel Select / Carmel (Ind.) – UNCOMMITTED
Popowics earned the “under-the-radar” distinction of the tournament, as a player who impressed in both games I saw him play this week. The 6-foot-0 defender played a tough and aggressive brand of defense, but it was his motor that was most impressive, especially in the 2017 All-Star game Thursday night. Popowics has a hockey background and plays the game with that type of mentality. His intelligent play featured a strong understanding of positional defense and rotations and he also showed no fear challenge attackmen.
Cole McKenzie ’19, A, Catholic Memorial (Mass.) / Laxachusetts
Konrad Knaus ‘19, A, Sandwich (Mass.) / Laxachusetts
John Albright ‘19, LSM/D, Milton Academy (Mass.) / Laxachusetts
Alexander Keough ‘19, M, Roxbury Latin (Mass.) / Laxachusetts
Austin Bolton ‘19, A, Baldwinsville (NY) / Upstate
Finn O’Connor ‘19, G, Fairfield Prep (CT) / Eclipse
Cameron Hollander ‘19, F/O, West Morris Central (NJ) / BBL
Jack Carr ‘19, D, Shelton (CT) / Team 203
Noah Verlinde ‘19, D, Spring Lake (MI) / True MI
Trevor Callahan ’19, A, Detroit Country Day (MI) / True MI
Nick Ganem ‘18, LSM, Cambridge (Ga.) / LB3
Pierce Leveillee ‘18, D, Longmeadow (Mass.) / Team Central
Nicolas Milanowski ’18, G, East Grand Rapids (MI) / True MI
Jack Reid ’18, A, Ann Arbor Pioneer (MI.) / True MI
Jake Quilty ‘18, A, Hingham (Mass.) / Laxachusetts
Peter Rizzotti ’18 , D, Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.) / Laxachusetts
Duke Lenaghan ‘18, D, Thayer Academy (Mass.) / Laxachusetts
Frank Higgins ‘18, LSM / FO, Hingham (Mass.) / Laxachusetts
Jerry Bardol ‘18, A, Upper Dublin (PA) / NXT
Colin Hoff ‘18, M, Southern Lehigh (PA) / NXT
Craig Kelleher, ’17, D, LaSalle Academy (RI ) / Warrior Elite
Bryce Adam ‘17, A, Newton North (Mass) / Warrior Elite
Max Powers ’17, G, Westminster School (CT) / CT Cardinals
Brandon Howe ‘17, A, Bedford (NH) / NH Tomahawks
Lucas Stroud ‘17, M, Shawnee (NJ) / South Shore
Michael Sanguinetti ‘17, A, Trinity Pawling (NY) / NJLC
Corey Kale ‘17, M, Robbinsville (NJ) / NJLC
Ben Keller ‘17, A, East Grand Rapids (MI) / True MI
Jack Platner ‘17, LSM, Franklin (Mass.) / Laxachusetts
Mason Dane ‘17, D, Nashua North (NH) / 4-Leaf