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ISL takes down MIAA in BostonLax All-American Game – Boston Herald

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WELLESLEY — For ages, high school lacrosse fans around Massachusetts clamored for an All-Star game of sorts between the Independent School League and the MIAA. A litmus test to find out which league reigns supreme.

It was only fitting that on an evening where the state’s lacrosse community came out to remember the memories of Bruce Lerch and Ryan Kilian that they finally decided to hold their eagerly awaited exhibition at the BostonLax All-American Game, and it delivered with outstanding results.

Belmont Hill standout Liam Horkan finished with a game-high four goals to earn MVP honors Wednesday as the ISL pulled away in the second half for a 16-10 victory over the MIAA at Babson College.

“I know I’ve got a lot of family out here, lot of friends,” said Horkan. “Happy to show out for them. I don’t really have much to say. I just think it’s a tribute to a lot of the off-ball movement, a lot of the guys passing to me down in the crease, and finding the open spots.

The game proved to be a seesaw battle between the two leagues, at least in its early stages. Horkan registered a pair of goals in the first half, helping the ISL seize a slim 7-6 edge at the intermission.

WELLESLEY, MA - JULY13: MIAA and ISL all stars compete at Babson College July 13, 2022 in WELLESLEY, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Chris Christo/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)
WELLESLEY, MA – JULY13: MIAA and ISL all stars compete at Babson College July 13, 2022 in WELLESLEY, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Chris Christo/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

Once the third quarter began however, the ISL began to gain some separation by outscoring the MIAA 5-2 in the frame. Alex Dixon of Brooks got things started by netting a tally just 1:05 into the third. Then, Middlesex standout Sam Raye Steiner buried a beautiful goal moments later. He proceeded to execute an acrobatic flip in midair to celebrate as the ISL took a 9-6 lead, one it never relinquished.

“I think it was great,” said Governor’s Academy coach and ISL manager Tucker Sampson. “Just like you said, everybody’s been asking for it. I think everybody, all the fans were satisfied. The players were satisfied. The coaches, everybody involved, I think really enjoyed it.”

Lexington’s Patrick Crogan was selected as the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player, finishing with a pair of goals.

Proceeds from the event went to benefit the Bruce Lerch Foundation and the Ryan Kilian Family Foundation. The two individuals each left an indelible mark on the sport itself here in the commonwealth, and if players, coaches and officials have a say, their memories will never be forgotten.

“It’s bigger than just us,” said BC High coach and MIAA mentor Marcus Craigwell. “As you can see, there was a huge crowd, a lot of talent from Mass…Like I said, these guys are playing for other things outside of themselves, and this college is great. We want to continue to support their families, and just have a great showing every time.”

 

 

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