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Michael Laviano says he is healthy, believes he can help lead St. Anthony's to title

St. Anthony's attacker Michael Laviano handles the ball

St. Anthony's attacker Michael Laviano handles the ball behind the goal in a game against Chaminade at St. Anthony's on Thursday, May 8, 2014. Credit: Steven Ryan

Two-and-a-half years ago, Michael Laviano, after totaling 21 goals and 36 assists as a freshman at Holy Trinity, verbally committed to Ohio State.

Back then, his name could be found atop any list that ranked the best high school attacks in the nation.

Now a senior at St. Anthony's, Laviano is no longer committed to the Buckeyes and his name isn't so easy to find.

Laviano, who transferred to St. Anthony's as a sophomore, suffered a torn ACL in a 2013 early-season game against Chaminade. He missed the rest of that season and said he couldn't play lacrosse during the summer and fall, either.

As a result, Laviano isn't the star player you never heard of; he's the star player everyone knew then forgot all about. At least that's how he feels.

"I get overlooked now," Laviano said. "But I understand. I'm still going to play just as well as I had in the past -- maybe even better because I have this chip on my shoulder now after everything."

Laviano returned last season, but he said he wasn't as fast or as strong as he usually would have been at the beginning of the season. He gradually got things going, though, and finished with 17 goals and 11 assists.

At the end of his junior year, Laviano said he believed that Ohio State would no longer be the proper fit.

So, he changed his commitment and decided on Boston University, an upstart program in only its third season. Laviano said he liked BU's proximity to Long Island.

"I needed a fresh start," Laviano, who added BU was the right fit because of its solid academic standards and proximity to Long Island said.

With the new future comes added motivation for the present. St. Anthony's lost to Chaminade in the CHSAA AAA state championship the last two years. What's more, the Friars haven't won a regular-season game at Chaminade in the two years Laviano has been on the team.

Laviano, who says he is fully healthy, believes this is the year both those things change.

"It's always very personal when we play there," Laviano said. "I tore my ACL there. I've never won a game there. With me coming back 100 percent this final year, there's nothing that's going to stop me from winning -- especially on that field and against them."

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