ESPNBoston.com and their high school section announced today that Nick Marrocco, senior goaltender of the Duxbury Dragons, is the recipient of its fourth annual “Mr. Lacrosse” award, presented annually to the top player in the MIAA.
The Mr. Lacrosse winner was chosen by a panel of experts made up of ESPNBoston.com staff, correspondents and state lacrosse coaches. Marrocco will be presented the award at a later date.
“Nick has arguably been the top goaltender in the state in each of the last two seasons, continuing a long line of All-American goaltenders at Duxbury,” said ESPN Boston High Schools co-editor Scott Barboza, who coordinates the site’s boys’ lacrosse coverage. “Some of the saves Marrocco made during the postseason this year, during the season’s most important games, were worthy of SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays reel. ”
The Georgetown signee becomes the second Duxbury player to win the Mr. Lacrosse award, joining Max Randall (2012).
Marrocco is a two-time Eastern Mass. All-American, repeating the honor in both of his seasons as Duxbury’s starter (2013 and ’14). He also was a finalist for the Mr. Lacrosse award a year ago.
With Marrocco in cage this season, the Division 1 state finalists averaged just 3.26 goals against in 23 games. During five postseason games, Marrocco allowed 16 goals – an average of just more than three goals per game as well.
Marrocco was also a member of the Dragons hockey team, which qualified for the Super 8 tournament in March. He was named a captain of both teams in his senior year.
“He’s done everything we’ve asked and then some in terms of being a player and working hard,” Dragons head coach Chris Sweet said. “But his impact on our program is next to anybody’s, we would’ve gotten as far without him.
“We’ve had some very good goaltenders in my time and it’s tough to rank them, but I’d put him right up there as the best we’ve ever had.”