BANGOR — Zack Glazier and Toby Smith formed one of the state’s top one-two punches last spring as seniors on the Maranacook/Winthrop boys lacrosse team.

Glazier has since moved on to Husson University, yet the Winthrop graduate is still having his way with opposing defenses in his first year with the Eagles.

“This guy has the competitive spirit that every coach looks for,” Husson coach Marsh Gray said. “He’s always going 110 percent, and he hates to lose and he loves to win. He has a great passion for this game and he plays it with respect and honor.”

Husson (8-6, 5-3 North Atlantic Conference) wrapped up the regular season Monday with a 23-6 win over Wheelock to clinch the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament and Glazier has been a big part of that success.

He has 33 goals on the year — which ranks second on his team and fifth in the NAC — to go along with eight assists. He has been named the NAC Rookie of the Week and the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III New England Rookie of the Week this season, both awards coming for his performances during the week of March 9. That also included a game-winning goal with 9 seconds remaining in a 12-11 win at Johnson & Wales on March 14.

What is most impressive about Glazier’s performance, however, is that it has come at a new position as Gray thought it would be best to switch the freshman standout from attack to midfield.

“I’ve only played lacrosse since I was in seventh or eighth grade and I’ve never played (midfield),” Glazier said. “I liked to always stay on the field as an offensive player. I’m glad that I did (make the switch). It gives me the ability to play defense and hit people.”

In addition to his work at the offensive end, Glazier has also caused 17 turnovers and is second on the team in ground balls with 66.

“I personally think Zack Glazier is the top rookie within our conference,” Gray said. “Midfield, it is the toughest position to play in lacrosse. You have to play offense and you have to play defense, so you have to play man up and you have to play man down.

“…He’s an extremely athletic young man and he’s just developing a really high IQ for the game at this point.”

While it has been a great season thus far, Glazier is hoping it will not end any time soon. Husson hosts fifth-seeded Lyndon State (3-5, 3-6) at 4 p.m., Saturday in the quarterfinals, with the winner moving on to face top-seeded Castleton (10-5, 8-0). Glazier scored four goals in a 16-8 win for the Eagles on March 28 in their lone regular-season meeting with the Hornets.

“Going into the playoffs we cherished these last few games,” Glazier said. “I want to play hard in the playoffs and give my team everything I can.”

Evan Crawley — 621-5640

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