Boys’ Lacrosse Player of the Season: Hopkinton’s Colby Quiet

  • Hopkinton’s Colby Quiet looks for an opening during last month’s Division III boys’ lacrosse semifinal against Monadnock at Bill Ball Stadium in Exeter. Quiet scored two goals and the two-time defending champion Hawks won in overtime, 11-10. JESSE MAYFIELD-SHEEHAN / The Keene Sentinel

  • The Hopkinton boys’ lacrosse team celebrates after a 15-5 victory over Pelham in the Division III championship last month at Bill Ball Stadium in Exeter. RAY DUCKLER / Monitor staff

  • Hopkinton’s Colby Quiet looks for an opening during last month’s Division III boys’ lacrosse semifinal at Bill Ball Stadium in Exeter. Quiet has been named ‘Monitor’ Boys’ Lacrosse Player of the Season. JESSE MAYFIELD-SHEEHAN / The Keene Sentinel

  • The Hopkinton boys’ lacrosse team races onto the field to celebrate a 15-5 win over Pelham in the Division III title game last month at Bill Ball Stadium in Exeter. RAY DUCKLER / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 7/5/2019 8:14:37 PM
Modified: 7/5/2019 8:14:23 PM

Deacon Blue has seen more than his fair share of talent come through the Hopkinton boys’ lacrosse program.

Names of former stars like Gerry Donahue, Joe Cullinan, James McCluskey, Matt French and Steve Porter all came to mind for the Hawks head coach.

But junior Colby Quiet might have them all beat.

“All those guys were focused on offense or defense,” Blue said. “I think Colby has a broader understanding of the sport, dominating in transition, taking the ball away on defense and being an offensive machine.”

That machine in the midfield wrapped up his third season for the Hawks as a winner – something that has become old hat for Quiet during his career in the white and green.

Quiet scored 74 goals with 35 assists this year, raising his career totals to 189 goals and 78 assists over 51 contests. In the season’s most important game – a 15-5 win over No. 1 Pelham that sent the Hawks (16-1) sprinting onto the field at Exeter’s Bill Bill Stadium with their third consecutive state title – Quiet piloted the offense with an eight-goal performance.

“Colby has a unique ability to not only read his defender, but entire defenses,” Blue said. “This, combined with a highly skilled and athletic, ambidextrous player, helps account for Colby’s firepower.”

At this point, winning has become second nature to Quiet.

He played a major role during Hopkinton’s lengthy 42-game win streak that was snapped when Pelham knocked off the Hawks in May.

But Quiet and the rest of the team got their revenge – and a Gatorade bath – in the final, and the three-year starter has a chance to go 4-for-4 in title games if he can notch another championship in his senior season.

“This year was really hard for me because last year as a sophomore I kind of went under the radar. Nobody really knew who I was until the playoffs,” Quiet said. “I had to change my game and become a better passer and open things up for the guys around me.”

Both Blue and Quiet were ready for that added focus: The face guarding, the nonstop double- and even triple-teams. Hopkinton knew it was coming and adjusted accordingly.

“We put a lot of extra emphasis on ball movement this year throughout the team, and Colby did a nice job of keeping his head up to find his teammates on the weak side,” Blue said. “This is reflected by the fact that he had seven less goals this season from last, but 12 more assists.”

The adjustment didn’t bother Quiet one bit. In fact, it made him a more complete player.

“It’s all about having great vision and most games I would get double-teamed as soon as I touched the box, so being able to manipulate the defense to create a slide and hit the open man was huge,” Quiet said. “Knowing what the defense is going to do before you dodge is everything because then you’re one step ahead of their game.”

Quiet’s offensive numbers were no surprise, but he elevated his game across the board (238 ground balls, 18 caused turnovers, 127 faceoff wins – good for 68%) while also blossoming into a true team captain – both on and off the field.

He often organized team activities during the offseason, taking it upon himself to teach the underclassmen whatever he could or offer his own input to Blue to help design game plans.

And for the first time, he became a vocal leader.

“I learned success comes from bringing the guys up with you,” Quiet said. “If I’m the smartest guy out there, that’s no good. Our whole team has to be really smart. So just helping each other out through practices and working hard together every day was a huge key for us.”

As for what the future holds, Blue can only expect much of the same, if not more from his star player.

“Colby is an extremely hard worker and is excited to have a big senior season leading into his college career,” Blue said. “I predict he will put in the extra time to get his team geared up for another championship run, all the while training to get better and better.”

(Jay McAree can be reached at 369-3371, jmcaree@cmonitor.com or on Twitter
@JayMcAree.)




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