By the Numbers: Some of the Best to Play at Bridgton Academy

By Joe Sawicki

As a prelude to the spring season, Bridgton Academy wanted to generate some excitement for alumni and fans. They created a list of some of the best players who have ever pulled on a BA lacrosse jersey.

Counting down 36 days to March 23, 2013, when the Wolverines opened their season at Phillips Exeter Academy, they highlight a player who wore the jersey number and distinguished himself in the lacrosse world.

36: Nick Harvey '04
He was an agile defender who could outrun most middies to set up the transition offense. He was also skilled enough to bounce between close defense and LSM. The Cape Elizabeth, ME graduated 2nd in his BA class and took his skills to UMBC.

35: MacAdory Lipscomb '98
Part of the longstanding Bridgton Academy connection from Wilton, Connecticut, Mac was a high-energy midfielder who notched 70 points for one of the most talented teams ever assembled. He scored 49 goals and added 21 assists in 18 games. From BA, he went off and starred at Denver University.

34: Scott Einarson '85 and Matt Steil '95
We reached back into the archives for two very well rounded players. Scott scored 37 goals and added 20 assists in 14 games and Matt was a key feeder who had 40 assists but also added 36 goals of his own. Not much is known about what these two players did after BA but they had great seasons while they were here.

33: Drew Bucktooth '01
Drew led the team in scoring with 85 points (35g, 50a) in 14 games in 2001. He then went on to Syracuse University and then the NLL and MLL. Injuries have plagued his career, but those who saw him play here at BA have said that they have not seen anyone who could dominate a game like he did.

32: Fred Pawlikowski '94
The #32 jersey has not proven to be very popular so for this day we took the opportunity to highlight the best goalie in BA lacrosse history. Fred Pawlikowski (he wore 36 if you're interested) was a member of the class of 1994 from Hamburg, NY.

He faced 200 shots during the 15 games of the '94 season and stopped 150 of them (both BA records) for a 75% save pct. (another BA record). The team was 14-1 that season.

He then went on to Hobart University and was equally impressive. He currently ranks second on the career saves list. He was a three time winner of the Crook Family Award, which is akin to the team MVP. He was an All-American in 1998 and played in the annual North-South All-Star game as well.

31: Brandon Freeman '06
Brandon, a goalie from Londonderry, NH, pulled the bulk of the load for the '06 team. Though the record book doesn't feature this year, his play was as good as any goalie that I have seen here. He was small in stature, but quick as lightning.

His play earned him a spot at The Ohio State University where he was a major player for the Buckeyes and was a four year letter-winner. He also walked off with many awards including All-GWLL in 2009.

30: Eric Bailey '92
Bailey, a Cheshire, Connecticut native tallied 70 points (38g, 32a) during the '92 season. This was not an easy feat considering he also played on the team with guys named Eisenberg, Evans, and Hoffman.

Eric then went onto UMass where, despite playing alongside Mark Millon and Brendan Glass, he still achieved All-New England recognition and played in the North-South All-Star Game in 1996.

The clincher was in speaking with David Evans who said that Eric Bailey was, "the best pure goal-scorer I have ever seen".

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