By Jeremy Balan
Even months after the spring lacrosse season, the accolades continue to come for the top two lacrosse programs in San Francisco.
Three players from West Catholic Athletic League champion St. Ignatius and one player from Bay Counties League West champion University High School were recognized by US Lacrosse as High School All-Americans.
Rob Emery and Giancarlo Sangiacomo, both Division I recruits (to Virginia and Providence, respectively), were joined by senior-to-be Bobby Gray as St. Ignatius’ selections.
All three players were also first-team WCAL selections.
University’s selection, outgoing senior Nick Massa, was the only goaltender selected from the “San Francisco” area of All-American teams that included nine players from all over the Bay Area.
“To be selected as a high school All-American in Northern California you are considered one of the top players in the region,” said University co-head coach Braden Edwards. “It means Nick was voted the best goalie in Northern California.”
Massa had a save percentage of 59 percent last season and will be headed to Division III Kenyon College in the fall.
“While our record doesn’t reflect his ability to stop the ball. Nick is considered by his peers as one of the best ball stoppers in the Bay Area,” Edwards said. “He made many outstanding, point blank range saves against the top teams.”
University’s lead scorer, outgoing senior Austin Shea, was also named an Academic All-American by US Lacrosse. Shea will play at Williams College next season.
St. Ignatius junior midfielders Hannah Farr and Rachel Hinds were also Academic All-Americans on the girls side.