Greenwood is in a similar situation with the Bolts. Weymouth coach Bill McEachern said his former star goalkeeper, who is No. 3 in his class academically, is hoping to play at Harvard. And Harvard’s goalkeeper coach, Andrew Quinn, is also an academy coach.
“We like to think we’re providing these guys with good experience and good instruction,” McEachern said. “We play one of the toughest schedules in the state. But if Scotty’s aspirations are to get a D1 scholarship at Harvard . . . We just want what’s best for Scotty.”
Weymouth, though, has the luxury of a pipeline of goalkeepers, and Lucas Rezende should slide in nicely in Greenwood’s absence.
Most teams affected by the new rule haven’t been so lucky.
Newton North, which was an above-average team last year and set to return a pool of youthful talent under third-year coach Roy Dow, lost an astounding four players to academy teams. The Tigers are no longer expected to be in the hunt in Division 1.
Several current academy players contacted for this story elected not to speak about their decision. Sisk said none of the kids on the Revs liked to talk about it.
But most are choosing the academies. Scales said the Revolution didn’t lose a single player to the high school route (other than kids from the Independent School League, who can obtain waivers from US Soccer).
“Eventually, we’re not even going to see the kids in high school,” McEachern said. “The academy is going to be scooping these guys up before they even get here. That’s eventually where it’s headed. In the future, the kids won’t even think twice.”