Published in the July 18, 2019 edition.

WAKEFIELD — When the Middlesex League boys’ lacrosse coaches met to vote on All-Stars, the Warriors were represented by leaders.

Anthony Forziati, Thomas Harrington and Cam Souza, all Wakefield captains this season, each earned a spot on the All-Star team. 

The captains stepped up when the Warriors needed them most. When head coach Andrew Lavalle stepped down and JV coach Tim Johnson took over, Forziati, Harrington and Souza led the charge along with many other upperclassmen and immediately bought in. Wakefield turned a 2-6 start around with a five-game winning streak, made the playoffs and won their first round game against Danvers before falling to the eventual state champion, Winchester.

Forziati led the attack in scoring before he went down with an injury late in the season. He found the form from his dominant sophomore season after missing his junior year and was the key in turning Wakefield’s attack into one of the league’s best. He will be playing lacrosse at Boston University next season.

Harrington was the team’s best defensive midfielder. He was asked to play more offense after Forziati’s injury and responded by playing big, productive minutes on both sides of the field. He will be attending Quinnipiac University in the fall and studying film/tv and media in the communication program. 

Souza, a junior, led the defense all season. He scooped up 72 ground balls and caused 34 turnovers consistently disrupting the rhythm of the offense while also helping some of Wakefield’s talented underclassmen defenders improve. Souza will have one more season at Wakefield High before moving on to the lacrosse team at the University of Hartford.

Melrose had the most All-Stars selected in the Freedom Division with six selections, followed by five from Burlington, three from Wakefield, two from Watertown and one from Wilmington and Stoneham.

Winchester led the balloting in the Liberty with seven All-Stars. Reading was next with four, followed by three from Lexington, two from Arlington and one from Belmont and Woburn.




Name School

Matt Rocha Melrose

Chris Cusolito Melrose

Brendan Maher Melrose

Ryan Maher Melrose

Andrew Calvert Melrose

Brendan Fennell Melrose

Mitch Maida Burlington

Patrick Hays Burlington

Colin Browne Burlington

Conor Quinlan Burlington

Jake Doherty Burlington

Forziati Wakefield

Harrington Wakefield

Souza Wakefield

Luke Murphy Watertown

Joe Biagotti Watertown

Ben Wright Wilmington

Ty Foley Stoneham

Liberty Division

Name School

Hayden Bean Winchester

Jake Mabardy Winchester

Matt Suffredini Winchester

Charlie Ward Winchester

Andrew Murray Winchester

Grant Murray Winchester

Luke Mix Winchester

Mike Tobin Reading

Drew Daley Reading

Colin Comerford Reading

Charlie Miele Reading

Nate Sidel Lexington

Johnny Cowdrick Lexington

Billy Cincotta Lexington

Jonathan Cayer Arlington

JJ Kapilian Arlington

Kilian O’Connell Belmont

Stephen Kolodko Woburn