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Defense Pacing Valley Tech LAX

At the beginning of the season, Blackstone Valley Tech boys lacrosse head coach Anthony Comforti thought a strong zone defense would help his team succeed. Nine games into the year, with a 6-3 record and fewer than five goals allowed per game, the results seem to be proving him to be correct. "One of our biggest strengths is a very strong, senior-lead defense," he said. "Our season is going well in large part because of that. We've had some games where we have really come out as a team and worked on playing great defense."
The Beavers have allowed 4.8 goals per game this season. They have given up double-digit goals only twice, and have held five teams to three goals or fewer. Two weeks ago, Valley Tech pitched back-to-back shutouts against Advanced Math & Science and a previously unbeaten Assabet team. "Assabet is the type of team that can give us a run for our money," said Comforti, who has the Aztecs back on the schedule for this Thursday. "We were fortunate to be able to come out and shut them down."
Three-year starter Griffin Boyle has been strong in net for the Beavers. He was in net for both shutouts, including a 16-save effort against Assabet. "He is an outstanding player," said Comforti of Boyle, who is headed to Johnson & Wales in the fall. "He has really stepped into the role of a leader this year."
Along with Boyle, a pair of seniors, Brady Neyland and Nic Wojnar, have paced the defensive effort. "Brady has been great for us, he's going to be a D1 college player and it shows out there," said Comforti of Neyland, who is headed to UMass-Lowell. "Nic is a great athlete, it just comes naturally to him." Wojnar has also helped out in the attack box. He scored twice and had three assists in an 8-0 shutout of Assabet and added a goal and five assists in a 13-3 win over Monty Tech.
Bailey Leacy continues to be a force on offense in his senior year. He scored eight goals against AMAS, which Comforti says is not even his career-best. Fellow senior Ryder Hendriks has had some significant contributions, including a pair of goals in the Assabet win. Ryan Manz, Jake Tancrede, Devin Kempster and Michael Django have also contributed multi-goal efforts.
Along with his top scorers, Comforti praised the play of freshman Thomas Selander, a converted defenseman who finds himself on the top midfield line. "I moved him to short stick middie and he has fulfilled every requirement I have asked of him," said the head coach. "He has earned a lot of playing time."
Comforti says he would like to see the conditioning of his midfield lines continue to improve as the season progresses. The inclement weather limited the full-field practice time for the Beavers at the beginning of the year and the running that they were able to get in. Staying strong on the face-off X will also be a focus moving forward.
In addition to Thursday's tilt with Assabet, Comforti sees the Northbridge game on May 17 as another critical second-half test for a squad that appears bound for the postseason.




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