WEYMOUTH — The annual BostonLacks All-American game has always lived up to its billing, and Thursday’s event was no different, as some of the top Commonwealth players scored one highlight goal after the next.
But this year’s installment had added meaning. Ryan Killian, a longtime contributor to the Boston Lax, died suddenly on July 12 at the age of 42, leaving a void in the lacrosse community. Less than two weeks later, a large crowd descended on the Union Point Sports Complex to honor his memory, and Patrick Crogan would deliver some electric plays on the field. Recent Lexington graduate and Georgetown scored a hat-trick, while Killian’s youngest son, Bryson himself, added a goal as Team Stallion beat Team Surgeon 19-12.
“It was amazing, getting those plays over there for (Ryan’s) kids and everything,” said Krogan, “It was a great time to celebrate with him and help his family heal in any way they can.” .
It didn’t take long for Krogan to make his mark, as he fired a shot within minutes to give Team Stallions a 1-0 advantage with 12:30 to go into the first quarter to give the team a 1-0 lead . He and his teammates were firing early on all cylinders as Team Stallions took a 5-2 lead at halftime.
Once the third quarter got underway, the goals came in rapid succession. St Sebastian’s Tommy Armstrong scored a goal for Team Surgeon to trim it into a game of two, Team Stallion had an immediate answer. In the closing minutes of the verse, Thayer and Nobles’ Theo Costaco’s standout Chad Palumbo each found the net, while Krogan buried his second goal of the competition to give Team Stallions a 9–6 lead to go into fourth.
As the final quarter got underway, Killian’s sons Kenan and Bryson were given the opportunity to play in the All-American game. After Bryson won a head-to-head against his older brother, Team Surgeon forced a turnover, and Kennan brought the ball to the length of the field. Soon after, the 10-year-old circled the net, then shot one into the twine, sending the crowd into a frenzy.
With just over a minute left in regulation, the Team Stallion prepared a play for Bryson, and he took advantage of his opportunity, scoring a goal himself to seal things at 17-11.
“I never thought I’d play with All-American players[from high school],” Bryson said. “I never thought I’d even play sports with high school students.”
Kenan would end the game with his second goal for Team Surgeon as the last seconds were gone.
Originally, Mike Flanagan was working with Ryan at BostonLacks to put together rosters for the game. After taking a break for a night during the procedure, Flanagan awoke to a call she never expected to hear, as she had been informed of the passing of her close friend.
Since then, $150,000 has been raised for the Killian Memorial Fund. Flanagan hopes that he and the lacrosse community can continue to provide support to Ryan’s wife Rebekah and their two sons as the week progresses.
“Tonight couldn’t have been any better,” Flanagan said. “We got some amazing support through social media. We raised a bunch of money for Ryan’s family. He was a very good friend of mine and I am going to miss him a lot. But it’s nights like tonight that’s why I think the lacrosse community is so special.”