Jack Lalley is something of a catalyst for the St. Joe's hockey team's offense, despite playing defense.
He did a lot right last week. Lalley sparked the team to three wins. In two of them, the Marauders piled up more than 60 shots on goal - an amazing total. They are currently ranked second in the state.
Lalley provides leadership and scoring from the blue line for a team that is enjoying another great season. He's the Prep Talk Boys Athlete of the Week.
Uniform number: 17.
Coach Rich Crozier on Jack: "Jack is a competitor! He brings a very fierce, intense effort on the ice. We rely on Jack in every situation, power play, penalty kill and late in the game. Jack continues to improve game in and game out and is playing some of his best hockey down the stretch. Off the ice, Jack is a fantastic leader. He is a strong student in the classroom and a great representative of our school."
Tell us about your week: "Our team went 3-0 to remain in first place in Division I. I scored two goals with one being a game-winner and had two assists."
How has your season gone so far: "We are 18-1-1. I've had three goals and 10 assists for 13 points. Our team also won the Saratoga and Mount Saint Charles Tournaments."
Highlight of athletic career so far: "Winning two state championships in hockey, and scoring the championship-winning overtime goal against Canisius in lacrosse."
Favorite thing about my sport: "Being able to play with my friends and for my school."
Favorite teammate: Alex Zuchlewski.
Toughest opponent: Williamsville North.
WNY athlete I looked up to: Connor Fields.
Pro/college athlete I admire now: Shayne Gostisbehere.
When I'm not playing or practicing my sport, I'm: "Hanging out with friends."
What's ahead: "I am undecided on what school I will go to, but I will be majoring in business."
Attention, coaches: If one of your athletes has an outstanding week, you can nominate him or her for Prep Talk Athlete of the Week. Send an email outlining the person’s achievements by Saturday night, and we’ll consider him or her for the week’s honor.