Pictured last season at Westwood High celebrating a goal against Acton-Boxboro, Jake Antonucci has taken Division I by storm already tallying a pair of goals and an assist in his first three college games at Providence College. Photos by Michael Flanagan
By Michael Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
The 2018 high school lacrosse season was all about Westwood High star attack-man Jake Antonucci, who fired home a ridiculous 75 shots into the back of the net and tallied 19 assists, all while becoming Westwood’s all-time leading scorer (214 goals, 89 assists).
After leading Westwood to the program’s first-ever wins over Medfield and Dover-Sherborn, as well as a share of the TVL title, Antonucci was named a finalist for BostonLax’s Bruce Lerch award (state MVP), TVL MVP, EMCLA first-team All-American and both Herald and Glove All-Scholastic.
Now a freshman at Providence College, Antonucci has picked up right where he left off at the end of his high school career, already scoring a pair of goals and tallying an assist through three games played during Providence’s 2-2 start to the season (missed fourth game vs. St. Joe’s due injury).
Despite Antonucci’s natural position being attack, the Friars have utilized the former Westwood All-American as a wing off of face-offs and a defensive midfielder. In Providence’s season-opener against Boston University, Antonucci scooped up a groundball off of a face-off, broke into the Terriers box and bounced home a shot down low for his first career college goal. Antonucci finished the day with five groundballs, a goal, and an assist.
In Providence’s 12-5 win over Holy Cross on February 9, Antonucci again lit up the scoreboard with one of his signature right-handed cranks off of a face-off victory. Antonucci scooped up three groundballs on February 16 against in-state rival Bryant before sitting out Saturday’s contest with St. Joe’s due to injury.
Assuming Antonucci returns to full health, it’s safe to say that the Friars have found themselves a gem at the midfield position - and one that is only going to continue to improve as his collegiate career rolls on.
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