Boys Varsity Lacrosse
2012, 2013 Western New England Division II Champions
1991 NEPSAC Division I Champions
The Canterbury boys' varsity lacrosse program prides itself on playing the top competition to ensure Saints are prepared for the collegiate level. In addition to a tough league schedule, the boys’ lacrosse team competes against top Division I teams including Taft, Trinity-Pawling, Berkshire, and Portsmouth Abbey.
Since the program began in 1970, Canterbury has produced four All-Americans; Billy Bergner '09, Eric Fernandes '13, Casey Fuller '14, and Noah Rak '14. Saints have gone on to play at Division I and Division III schools such as the University of Loyola (MD), Villanova University, Sacred Heart University, University of Massachusetts, Fairfield University, Holy Cross, Hobart College, Salisbury College, Gettysburg College, Providence College, Wesleyan University, Washington College, West Point, and many others.
Chris Roberts brings over 20 years of coaching and competitive playing experience as head coach of Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse. He was a four-year member of the Men’s Lacrosse team at Princeton University, NJ. While on the team, Princeton won three NCAA DI Championships and maintained a 54-6 record over four years.Prior to Princeton, Chris played lacrosse at Farmingdale High School, NY where he captained the team and was awarded All-County honors and Academic All-American runner-up. Chris has volunteered with New Milford Youth Lacrosse since 1999 and currently coaches the 3rd and 6th grade teams while serving on the Board. He also coaches the 2024 AA team with Eclipse Lacrosse and is the director of the annual Championship Lacrosse Summer Camp. During his tenure as head coach, Chris has led the Saints to a Western New England Division II Championship and coached four All-Americans.Email Coach Roberts
While a member of the Saints team for only one year, Keith Angell ‘75 was a force for the Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse team. He was selected to the All-Western New England team his sophomore year of high school before becoming a tremendous asset for the Saints by leading the team to their league championship title in 1975. Keith ‘75 then advanced his playing career at Duke University, NC as a four-year starter on the School’s nationally ranked Division 1 team. A lifelong fan and promoter of the sport, Keith ‘75 has continued his involvement in lacrosse since his career at both Canterbury and Duke. Keith was the Founder of Medfield (MA)Lacrosse, now an eight-time boys and two-time girls state champion. He currently serves as the President of the Canterbury Lacrosse Association.
Leading the Canterbury Saints to a league championship my senior year cemented my appreciation for the team-first approach required to succeed in any highly competitive sport and life. I realized that our success was not built on one or two-star lacrosse players but on learning how to play well together and encouraging the best of our athletic talents from each teammate. Because of this experience, my commitment to and support of the Canterbury Lacrosse program has extended well beyond my time as a student-athlete at Canterbury.
Current Canterbury board member, Matt Dwyer ‘71 has inspired Canterbury’s lacrosse program since its roots at the School in the early 70s. “I began playing lacrosse in third grade on Long Island. When I arrived at Canterbury, I was surprised to discover there was no [team].” It was then Matt ‘71, aided by his teammate (and fellow Long Island-native) Mike Whelan ‘71, eventually convinced then Head of School Walter F. Sheehan to launch the School’s program. As the “leader of the attack,” as reported by the Spring 1971 edition of The Tabard, Matt was the lead-scorer and fearless captain of the Saints’ first team.
Following his role as founding member of Canterbury’s program, Matt ‘71 advanced his playing career at Dartmouth College where he led the Big Green as a four-year starter. Since college, Matt ‘71 has gained national recognition for his promotion of the sport. The Boston Globe has called him the “Greater Boston's Pied Piper of Lacrosse.” He began the boys lacrosse program at Weston High School, MA, founded the Weston Youth Lacrosse League and co-founded the Massachusetts Bay Youth Lacrosse League. Matt ‘71 has served as the Chair of the Board at MetroLacrosse - an education-based lacrosse organization providing free equipment and guidance to children in Boston public schools - and was the founding owner of the Boston Cannons, a Major League Lacrosse team. As well, Matt ‘71 spent time as a coach at Phillips Exeter Academy. The Boston Globe has called him the “Greater Boston's Pied Piper of Lacrosse.”
The Canterbury experience taught me not to give up when you want to accomplish something. Had Headmaster Sheehan denied us the chance to build the team, my lacrosse life likely would have ended. I wouldn’t have played for a great coach like Charlie Huntington at Canterbury nor at Dartmouth. I wouldn’t have later brought the joys and life lessons of lacrosse to thousands of boys and girls. Almost 50 years after that first Canterbury season, I remain deeply indebted to Canterbury Lacrosse!
The undefeated 1991 Boys' Varsity Lacrosse team was inducted into the Canterbury Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.
(L-R) Ross Moscatelli '91, Brian Whalen '91, Dylan Ade '91, Eric Trach '91, Sam Connelly '91,
Jim Flynn '92, Mike Simonelli '92.
Peter Milliman '97 was named the Head Men's Lacrosse Coach at Cornell University in May 2018.
Photo courtesy of Cornell Athletics.
John Sargeant '75
(Hall of Fame)
John Gilbane '74
(Hall of Fame)
Matt Dwyer '71
(Hall of Fame)
Casey Fuller '14 - Fairfield University
Luke Habich '14 - Springfield College
Noah Rak '14 - UMass Amherst
Eric Fernandes '13 - Western New England College
Doug Bergner '10 - Endicott College
Billy Bergner '09 - Bowdoin College
Mack Fuller '09 - Sacred Heart University
Kurt Garceau '06 - US Military Academy
Trevor Rice '06 - US Military Academy
Matt Friedman '05 - Canisius College
Gordi Cohen '05 - Washington College
Patrick Sheehy '04 - Hobart College
Peter Greco '03 - Sacred Heart University
Michael Hennessey '03 - Quinnipiac University
Ryan Radonis '98 - Loyola University
Jason Fogelson '97 - Ohio Weslyan University
Peter Milliman '97 - Gettysburg College
Doug Patterson '97 - Butler University
Rich Carter '95 - Villanova University
Mike Cullen '95 - Hobart College
Frank Radin '94 - University of Maryland
Billy Hogan '93 - University of Notre Dame
Chris McManus '93 - Providence College
Jackson Buttles '92 - Weslyan University
Chris Casano '92 - Villanova University
Andy Crofton '92 - University of Pennsylvania
Hugh Donovan '92 - Bucknell University
Dave Cornell '91 - Gettysburg College
Ross Moscatelli '91 - Duke University
Brian Whalen '91 - Towson University
Mike Noonan '90 - Johns Hopkins University
Rob Falk '89 - University of Virginia
Scott Morgan '89 - Villanova University
Alex Vetter '89 - Providence College
Bill Bjorness '82 - Rochester Institute of Technology
Michael Angell '80 - Duke University
Robert Santangelo '78 - Boston College
Keith Angell '75 - Duke University
John Sargeant '75 - Boston College
Lawrence Turkheimer '75 - University of North Carolina
John Gilbane '74 - Ohio Wesleyan Univesrity
Matt Dwyer '71 - Dartmouth College
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