US Lacrosse High School Boys' Players of the Week

PHOTO BY SHELLEY BURGER

Staples coach Will Koshansky said no one knows J.P. Kosakowski’s name, but that is changing after a standout performance between the pipes in a season-opening 7-3 win over New Canaan.


The US Lacrosse Players of the Week recognize the most outstanding individual performances in high school boys’ lacrosse in each of the five regions — Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South, Midwest and West — outlined in our high school coverage.

NORTHEAST

J.P. Kosakowski, Staples (Conn.)

Staples coach Will Koshansky said no one knows Kosakowski’s name, but that is changing after a standout performance between the pipes in a season-opening 7-3 win over New Canaan Saturday afternoon. The uncommitted senior goalie made 14 saves, including a few of the spectacular variety, in an eye-opening, statement-like victory for the Wreckers. 

“J.P. has the rare ability to consistently make the dramatic, game-changing saves, like he did against New Canaan,” Koshansky said. “Every day he makes a save or two that our coaches turn and look at each other and say, ‘Did he really just make that save?’ He is taking hold of his opportunity to lead our team. The most impressing thing are those in-tight saves he makes look so easy.” More performances like that and Kosakowski will go from unknown to household name in the Northeast. 

Also notable: Coulter Mackesy, Brunswick School (Conn.); Colin Mulshine, Brunswick School (Conn.)

— Dylan Butler

MID-ATLANTIC

Tyler Barnett, St. Mary’s (Md.)

The senior attackman scored four goals to lead St. Mary’s to a 7-6 win over Calvert Hall on April 9. Barnett’s fourth goal tied the score as the Saints overcame a 6-5 deficit in the fourth quarter. It was their first win over Calvert Hall since 2015. Calvert Hall had won 20 straight MIAA games. Barnett, a UMBC commit, also had two goals in a 9-7 win over Loyola Blakefield on April 6.

Also notable: Zach Hayashi, McDonogh (Md.); Tucker Hebert, Gilman (Md.); Will Peden, Malvern Prep (Pa.); Cardin Stoller, Boys’ Latin (Md.); Jacob Todd, Severn (Md.)

— Justin Feil

SOUTH

Finn Doherty, Northside Christian (Fla.)

Doherty has scored 56 goals as an eighth-grader, helping Northside Christian to a 13-2 record this season. In two games last week, Doherty scored nine goals against St. Petersburg (Fla.) and nine goals against Clearwater (Fla.). Outside of lacrosse, Doherty is also a wrestler.

Also notable: Fletcher Calvert, Dallas Jesuit (Texas); Freddie DiMarzo, Ponte Vedra (Fla.)

— Justin Boggs







Nike/US Lacrosse High School Rankings
National Boys' Top 25 | National Girls' Top 25
Northeast Boys' Top 10 | Northeast Girls' Top 10
Mid-Atlantic Boys' Top 10 | Mid-Atlantic Girls' Top 10
South Boys' Top 10
| South Girls' Top 10
Midwest Boys' Top 10
| Midwest Girls' Top 10
West Boys' Top 10
| West Girls' Top 10

MIDWEST

Ty English, Culver Academy (Ind.)

Days after Cleveland St. Ignatius (Ohio) knocked off one of the Midwest’s longstanding powers in Brother Rice (Mich.), the Eagles senior ensured that there would not be another upset with his team. He scored eight goals and added four assists to lead Culver to a 24-8 win over the Wildcats. That puts English at 33 goals and 19 assists through just 10 games.

Also notable: Carter Barco, Dublin Jerome (Ohio); Mark Mintzlaff, MICDS (Mo.); OJ Morris, Dublin Coffman (Ohio); Shea Keethler, Upper Arlington (Ohio)

Jonah Rosenblum

WEST

Sebastian Chicas, St. Margaret’s Episcopal (Calif.)

The junior goalkeeper made 11 saves in an 11-9 win over Loyola-Los Angeles (Calif.) on Friday, including six stops in the fourth quarter. St. Margaret’s led just 10-9 with 5:30 left when Chicas made three huge saves to preserve the lead, including one with 1:15 remaining before the Tartans got an insurance goal.

Also notable: Chase Camper, Faith Lutheran (Nev.); Aidan Farris, Tesoro (Calif.); Lucas Newton, Corona del Mar (Calif.)

— Laurel Pfahler

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