WESTERLY — When it comes to dodging on a lacrosse field, Westerly High senior Ben Morrone probably doesn't rank among the best on his own team.

But when the play collapses and things happen in transition, Morrone shines in a big way. He's nearly unstoppable.

So much so, that he was named to the All-State first team selected by The Providence Journal. The state lacrosse coaches association does not select an All-State team.

Morrone finished with 61 goals and 49 assists this past season. The 61 goals established a single-season school record, exceeding the 60 Tim Moran scored in 2013.

Perhaps Morrone's biggest goal was the record-breaker — it was the deciding goal in the Division III title game, an 8-7 Bulldogs win over Narragansett.

"Ben is just great in transition," first-year coach Ted Spencer said. "He excels when things break down. Ben was one of the top scorers in the state of Rhode Island and that speaks for itself.

"This is a guy who had under 20 points last year [actually three]. In terms of turnaround, his individual play improved tremendously."

Morrone was also a first-team Division III selection.

Fellow senior Brandon Chretien was also named to the Division III first team. Chretien had 41 goals and 10 assists.

"He's probably our primary midfielder," Spencer said. "He is very aggressive to the cage, very good at cutting to the ball and very good off the second pass.

"He was also very good in clutch situations. A lot of his goals were the result of cutting to the crease."

Junior Trent Lamb was also a first-team Division III pick. Lamb, a lineman on the football team, was a big presence as a defender.

"Trent was one of the anchors of our defense," Spencer said. "He always matched up against one of the best offensive players on the other team. He did a great job of shutting those guys down. He was also aggressive clearing the ball up the field."

Lamb's play in the title game was one of the many reasons the Bulldogs won the championship.

Senior Mark Buckley was named Division III second team. Buckley scored 47 goals and led the team with 54 assists.

Spencer said Buckley was the quarterback of the team's offense and excelled playing behind the net. Buckley had only 14 points as a junior, but finished with 101 in 2019.

Sophomore Madigan Hiltz was also named to the Division III second team.

Hiltz took most of the team's faceoffs and won more than 80 percent, according to Spencer. The coach said controlling the ball was a big factor in Westerly's success.

Hiltz will be a bigger part of the team's offense next season, Spencer added.

Westerly dropped to Division III this past season and compiled a 16-3 record after going winless in Division II in 2018.

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