8th grader named lacrosse All-Star MVP
An Olympic View Middle School eighth grader was recently named the Most Valuable Player of the Battle of Lake Oswego (BOLO) 7/8 lacrosse All-Star team.
Alex Indelicato, of the Steelhead Select Lacrosse Club team, made the BOLO lacrosse tournament All-Star Team on May 26 and later was named MVP of the All-Star game that night, with one goal and two assists.
Two of his teammates, Garrett Stephenson and Dryden Graham, also made the All-Star team.
“I was shocked when they announced I won MVP,” Alex said. “There were a lot of great players in the game.”
Steelhead played its way into the BOLO gold bracket, or the top 12 teams for the tournament. The team placed seventh out of 30 of the top select 7/8 teams in the Northwest.
Seeded as fifth, Steelhead won their first bracket game but then lost to what would become the champion team. The team had been seeded fifth in the tournament.
His coach said Alex represented the team well with 16 goals and 18 assists through pool play and the quarterfinals of the gold brackets.
“He has a high lacrosse IQ, meaning he understands how to break down a defense and create scoring chances for himself and his teammates,” said Steelhead coach John Heritage.
As the MVP, Alex received a brand new pair of custom Nike lacrosse gloves.
Alex has been playing lacrosse for four years. He plays for three teams: the Mukilteo club team, the Steelhead select team and the Seattle Starz, a select team and travel team.
Alex, of Mukilteo, admits he didn’t want to play lacrosse at first. His parents signed him and his brother up when his brother no longer wanted to play baseball.
“We told the boys they would try lacrosse for one year, which Alex was not happy about, since he loved baseball,” said Alex’s father, Tony Indelicato.
Soon, though, Alex fell in love with the sport.
“It turned out I loved it,” he said. “I love the uniqueness of the game and how it is played.”
Alex, who will be a freshman at Kamiak High School next year, plays lacrosse in the winter, spring and summer seasons. He also plays football and basketball, and plans to be on the freshman football team at Kamiak.
He also hopes to make Kamiak’s varsity lacrosse team.
“We were so proud of his effort and how great a teammate he was with his team during the tournament,” Tony Indelicato said. “When he was in the All-Star game, we were just happy he played well and gave a great effort.
“When he was announced as the game MVP, it was a wonderful surprise and we were so excited for him.”
Heritage agrees. He said he is very proud of Alex for making MVP.
“Just being named to the All-Star team is an honor in and of itself, when you consider the high level of talent represented on the team,” Heritage said. “To be recognized as MVP is tremendous, and speaks highly of Alex as a young man and player.”
Heritage added that having three teammates make the All-Star Team “shows that our players are becoming some of the best in Northwest.”
Zoe Jovanovich is an intern for the Mukilteo Beacon.