White shirt blue shorts John Oteri | White shorts blue shirt Harry Cwik | Khakis and blue shirt Jay Calcagno

White shirt blue shorts John Oteri | White shorts blue shirt Harry Cwik | Khakis and blue shirt Jay Calcagno

 

John Oteri
Andover High School
MVC Player of the year
All conference 1st team
Boston Lax All American watch list
Continuing his career at Pace University
Harry Cwik
Masconomet High School

CAL player of the year
All conference 1st team
Continuing his career at Clarkson College
Jay Calcagno
Danvers High School

All conference 1st team
Boston Lax All American watch list
Continuing his career at St. Leo’s College

 

Coach Brazill had the pleasure of sitting down with three of his current seniors that are heading off to play college ball in the fall.  John Oteri, Jay Calcagno and Harry Cwik all played on the same midfield line for our 2014 blue team for the past 4 seasons.  All three had standout seasons and between the three of them there were 2 conference players of the year, two All-American nominations, three 1st team all conference awards and a lot of great HGR memories. 

Following their interview he sat down with Jayden Jean one of HGR’s 2016 blue team players.  Jayden received the CAC (same conference as Jay Calcagno) player of the year award ruining what would have been a perfect sweep of linemates winning MVP’s of their conferences.  Jay was all smiles though and had nothing but great things to say about young Jayden’s game. 

Two other notables this season that we couldn’t jam into this article are Sam Ventresca of the MLC and Jeff Trainor of the MVC.  Sam became the first Woburn player to ever win MLC player of the year (making 4 conference POYs for HGR) and is headed to Merrimack College in the fall.  Jeff was named an All-American this year as a sophomore and has verbally committed to U-Mass. 

HGR
How long have you three been playing together?

Harry
2 years.

Jay
Well four seasons, 2 summers and 2 falls.

 

Harry
Did you three follow each other’s successes this year?

John
Yea, I was pumped when I saw that they both got players of the year for their conference.

Jay
I kept an eye on both of their teams wins losses on laxpower(.com) and stayed in touch with both through text to see how they were personally doing

Harry
Nope (laughs)

 

HGR
Jay and John, you two will be in the same division next year, will Leos play Pace?

Jay
No our only trip up north next season we will be playing NYIT so unless we meet in the final four we won’t play each other.

 

HGR
What are the plans to stay in touch?

John
Well we are playing in a league together this summer

 

HGR
Where at?

John
Greenhead lacrosse league.  Yea it should be a good time, we hope to play in a tournament in late July together as well. 

Harry
I figure stuff like that (tournaments and leagues) and then coming into Home Grown to shoot around or play in the winter pick up games together when we are home over break.

 

HGR
You three have been playing together since your rising sophomore years. Harry what has John improved most at since his sophomore year?

Harry
Not getting so angry at himself when he misses the cage(everybody laughed pretty hard). His shot on the run too, he has a cannon.

 

HGR
Jay what about Harry?

Jay
His athleticism has just taken off, he can run for days now and faster than anyone else out there. His vision was always great but now he can bring it with an outside shot too, which makes his defenders have to respect him more.  That gives him more opportunities to pass.

 

HGR
John what about Jay

John
His split and his lefty shot.  There is almost no difference between Jays righty and lefty jump shot, which makes him so hard to cover, he used to be all righty.  His split dodge is really deceptive now too especially since he has no preference in which way he shakes you.  You better pole him every game, you can’t cover him with a short stick.

 

HGR
How was there enough ball to go around between you three on the same line?

 

Harry
There wasn’t.

John
You better do something early because if you didn’t it wasn’t coming back to you.

 

HGR
What was the best part about HGR for you?

Jay
The skill development clinics.  My game got so much better so fast during those lessons with you and Pete working on my mechanics.

Harry
The exposure at the tournaments we attended was great and the recruiting guidance to help turn that exposure into true interest from schools was unreal. 

John
It was the fun, the tournaments and practices with your buddies and being surrounded by guys that love lacrosse as much as you do. 

 

HGR
What was the biggest contributing factor to your success this year

John
You guys and my brother  (Tim Oteri, Merrimack College) and my whole family definitely made me the player I am today but underratedly the weight room.  It gives you a new level of confidence when you hit the field.

Harry
Playing in the off season keeps your skills sharp, you don’t have any cobwebs to shake off in the pre-season anymore, you are just getting better year round with no rebuilding period.

Jay
Those lessons, they make you develop a strong fundamental base and well rounded game.  It leaves no holes that you have to hide on the field.  That’s how I developed my lefty shot on the run, you guys wouldn’t let me hide from it and made me rep it out over and over and it became a strength.

 

HGR
What are your expectations for the next level?

John
I have high expectations for myself but I’m just looking forward to getting on the field and experiencing college ball.

Harry
I want to adapt properly to the change of speed of college ball.

Jay
I’m looking forward to learning and digesting the new offensive system and would love to make the 1st or 2nd line midfield .

Shooting inside dressed to the nines as always Jayden Jean.  His hands are moving so fast they wouldn't stay in frame, I must have taken 25 pics, this was the best one.

Shooting inside dressed to the nines as always Jayden Jean. His hands are moving so fast they wouldn’t stay in frame.

 

HGR
All right Jayden, I just sat down with three seniors that played together for the past four seasons and they would have all gotten conference player of the year had it not been for one standout sophomore.  You.  Sophomore player of the year in CAC, that is really impressive man.  How many points did you end up with?

 

Jayden
116

 

HGR
How many of those were goals?

Jayden
77

 

HGR
How did the season go for you guys?

Jayden
Good considering we were such a young team.  We only had 3 seniors and we made it to the 2nd rounds of states.

 

HGR
I heard they moved you down to attack this year, you like it?

Jayden
Yeah, I did and I’ll do whatever my coach wants me to do but I still feel like I am a middie.  I am hoping to play mid again this summer.

 

HGR
I will talk to your coach and see what I can do (I’m his coach).

 

HGR
What is your go to move?

Jayden
Drag and Jab

 

HGR
Weapon of choice?

Jayden
STX surgeon with the A1 shaft

 

HGR
Favorite Player

Jayden
Kyle Harrison

 

HGR
You worked on your shot on the run a lot last off-season.  What are you going to focus on this off-season?

Jayden
My left hand

 

HGR
How many lefty goals did you have this season?

Jayden
1

 

HGR
Yo, time to get busy then my friend. See you at training camp in two weeks.