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Greenfield a star on attack
Jordan Greenfield never strays too far away from the game.
Just after the completion of his marvelous senior season at the Rivers School in Weston, the All-American attack suited up for the East squad in the New England prep school all-star game held at Worcester Academy last week. He pumped in three goals in a 15-14 victory over the West.
From there, the Dover teen was off to Baltimore to watch the NCAA Division 1 men’s semifinals, an event that he said he’s been attending every year since he was in the fifth grade.
That passion for the game has helped Greenfield become, in the eyes of his coach, Justin Walker, one of the top attacks that the area has ever produced.
“I’ve coached a good percentage of the best attackmen in the state,’’ said Walker, who also coaches Greenfield with the Top Gun Fighting Clams, a powerhouse club team based in Acton. “There may be one or two who may be Jordan’s equal when it comes to feeding’’ the ball to a teammate for a goal, “but I can’t remember a better feeder. You can make the argument that he’s best feeder this part of the state has ever seen.’’
Greenfield made his case last spring as a junior. In the Independent School League, the most well-established high school lacrosse circuit in the state, he finished with 38 goals and 68 assists for 106 points, smashing the previous league record (90) while helping lead Rivers to its first ISL title in 50 years.
“I mean, it was the cherry’’ on top of the season, Greenfield said of setting the scoring title as a junior. “We had such a good year winning the ISL. The fact that we reached the top as a team was real exciting.’’
Walker said he thinks Greenfield’s league mark for assists is one for the ages, noting, “I will be surprised if that is ever broken.’’
One of the main factors in his success at finding so many open shooters last spring, according to Greenfield, was the presence of teammate John Fitzgerald, who transferred to Hingham High for his senior season.
“He was primarily the goal scorer,’’ said Greenfield. “We had a connection. I would always look to him and he’d always finish.’’
But without Fitzgerald’s presence and on a young squad that finished 10-6, Greenfield had to adjust. In the offseason, he grew an inch and added 20 to 25 pounds to his frame. He also worked hard on his outside shot, and it paid off. As a senior, his assists dropped to 32, but his goals increased to 41. For his career, Greenfield finished with a school-record 97 goals and 141 assists for 238 points.
“I definitely noticed a difference as far as getting pushed off the ball,’’ said the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Greenfield. “Last year I was never really an outside shooter. . . I had to look to being more of an outside shooter this year.’’
“He became a very good goal scorer but he’s a more natural feeder. Being a goal scorer was something he had to work on,’’ said Walker. “There are fewer guys that can feed the way he feeds and less guys that can do both. Being as young of a team that we were, it was an uphill climb.’’
For college, Greenfield considered Syracuse, Navy, Hofstra, Loyola, and Denver before choosing Fairfield University in Connecticut, where he will have the chance to play alongside former Rivers teammate Geordie Carrick, a longstick midfielder who will also be his roommate.
“I think he’ll start as a freshman and be a transformative player in that program,’’ Walker said of Greenfield’s likely role at Fairfield. “He’s too good to keep off the field.’’
“There’s no question it was a boost for our confidence,’’ said coach Chris Molonea, whose squad opened the tournament Tuesday afternoon against New Bedford. “More beneficially, it showed we need to work a little bit harder, need to get that much better.’’
Junior Blake Dietrick finished with eight goals and senior midfielder Mary Louise Dixon had five. Molonea credits the leadership of captains Dixon, Megan McNamara, a goalie, and Midge Daniel, a defenseman, for the Raiders’ ability to go toe-to-toe with Westwood.
“Those three kids believe we can play with anybody,’’ said Molonea. “And then when you also factor in an All-American like Blake Dietrick, she never says quit.’’
Still, Molonea and many others were surprised when the tournament pairings were announced and the Raiders were placed at number three behind both Westwood and Franklin. While undefeated Westwood was a no-brainer for the top spot, it was assumed that Wellesley, with its tougher schedule, would have been placed ahead of Franklin in the new power rankings format.
With a 17-1 record, the Warriers and coach Brian Vona earned the number-three seed in the Division 1 pairings, and will host the winner of the Chelmsford-Weymouth game Saturday.
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