OAKLAND — There is no doubt about where Nate DelGiudice’s loyalty begins and ends: With his teammates.

A junior attackman on the Messalonskee boys lacrosse team, DelGiudice consistently deflects questions about himself, preferring to talk about his teammates.

His seems to become irritated at the slightest mention of his unbelievable accomplishments, unless those of his teammates are also highlighted. DelGiudice is a team player.

He does, however, carry some rather impressive credentials, including becoming the first All-American lacrosse player at Messalonskee High School.

DelGiudice owns school records for most career goals (119), assists (103) and points (222) with his senior season still in front of him. He also set the school record for points in a game (11) against Mt. Ararat in Messalonskee’s 17-6 win in the Eastern A quarterfinals. He is the only player in Messalonskee boys lacrosse history to surpass 100 goals and 100 assists.

For his outstanding season, DelGiudice has been named the Morning Sentinel Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year. Teammates Josh Hall and Cam Douglas were also considered, along with Mt. Blue’s Matt Davis and AJ Larrabee.

“This year he took his game to another level,” Messalonskee coach Tom Sheridan said. “He is the catalyst of our offense, has good vision of the field, is very accurate, and definitely is into feeding his teammates on offense.”

“Looking back it feels really good to hold all those records,” DelGiudice said. “It wouldn’t happen without the team support and the coach.”

Every game this season, DelGiudice was a marked man. Opponent’s strategy to stop DelGiudice worked occasionally and that’s when his fellow attackmen and midfielders picked up the scoring.

“We were more of an all-around team this season, everyone could score and no one was selfish,” DelGiudice said. “When someone was having a bad game, there were plenty of people who could step up, score and take over.”

A successful run through the regular season, a league title and an exit from the Eastern Maine Class A tournament in the semifinals left the Eagles wanting more. A number of key players return next season, including DelGiudice.

“This was a great team, it was fun going to practice and games,” DelGiudice said. “Winning the (Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A title) was a great feeling and it makes us want to come back harder next year.”

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