Southeast Region Preview

Southeast Region Preview
StudentSportsLacrosse.com launches its 2014 region previews with a look at the Southeast, which is one of the more interesting regions in the country due to the multiple matchups between interstate teams.

Florida gets underway next week and boasts three teams that were in the FAB 50 last season: Lake Highland Prep, St. Andrew’s and Ponte Vedra.

Southeast Preseason Top 10

1. Lake Highland Prep (Fla.)
2. St. Andrew’s (Fla.)
3. McCallie School (Tenn.)
4. Episcopal Dallas (Texas)
5. Ponte Vedra (Fla.)
6. Highland Park (Texas)
7. Centennial (Roswell, Ga.)
8. Memphis University School (Tenn.)
9. Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.)
10. Dallas Jesuit (Texas)

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HS Logo_Centennial (Ga)Team: Centennial (Roswell, Ga.)
Last Year’s Record: 19-3
Last Year’s Finish of Note: Georgia 6A champion
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 8
Overall Returnees: 17
No. Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 2

Top Seniors: Jake Sadd, defense (Guilford); Cole Woodward, LSM (Guilford); Patrick Risse, defense (Georgia); Nate Trockenbrot, defense (undecided); Alex Prescott, midfield (undecided); Austin Prescott, midfield (undecided); Britton Board, midfield (Georgia); Ryan Carvin, attack (LSU).

Top Juniors: Nathan Solomon, attack (Syracuse); Zach Levy, midfield/face off (Army); Brendan Spence, attack undecided); TJ Dreesman, midfield undecided); John Douglas, midfield undecided); CJ Mucker, defense (undecided); Austin Skorb, goalie undecided).

What You Need To Know:The Knights return the starting attack and first two midfield lines from a team that won the Georgia 6A championship last season. Three All-Americans and six All-State players lead the Centennial Knights into 2014 after a 19-3 season.

The team averaged 16.5 goals per game last season. The midfielder are a quick and athletic group that are three lines deep. The attack line is explosive and can score in bunches. Returning face off man Zach Levy won 74 percent last year. Georgia Player of the Year and StudentSportsLacrosse.com Top 200 player Solomon returns after tallying 190 points. A veteran Defense group are very tenacious and bring three years of varsity experience to the table.

Games in Florida against Jupiter (Jupiter, Fla.) and Lake Brantley (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) along with a home game against Torrey Pines (Del Mar, Calif.) will be big games. The April 19 game against Lambert (Suwanee, Ga.) will be a huge in-state battle.

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HS Logo_Lake Highland PrepTeam: Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.)
Last Year’s Record: 20-5
Last Year’s Finish of Note: Florida state champion
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: No. 36
Returning Starters: 6
Overall Returnees: 20
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 3

Top Seniors: Adam Sawicki, goalie (Lehigh); Max Parker, face off (Syracuse); Will Wolfson, midfield (undecided); Dylan Farwell, defense (Babson); Christian Englehart, defense (undecided); Jacob Brantley-Head, LSM (undecided); Ben Prizer, midfield (undecided).

Top Juniors: Don Eidson, midfield (Delaware); Reid Thedford, midfield (undecided); Griff Caligiuri, defense (undecided); Kyle Richbourg, attack (undecided); Conner Aniello, attack (undecided); Adam Strobel, defense (undecided).

What You Need To Know: The Highlanders enter 2014 riding a 10-game winning streak that included wins over Florida powers Lake Brantley (Orlando, Fla.), Ponte Vedra (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) and St. Andrew’s (Boca Raton, Fla.) en route to the Florida state championship.

Defensively, Lake Highland Prep should be strong and it starts with StudentSportsLacrosse.com Southeast No. 3 Sawicki in goal. Defenders Farwell, Englehart, Caligiuri and Strobel provide experience.

The offense will be young, but it starts with Syracuse commit Parker at face off.

The Highlanders will once again take on the best in an out-of-conference schedule with a March 15 game against Boys’ Latin (Baltimore, Md.), a March 18 game against McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) and a rematch of last year’s state championship game with St. Andrew’s on April 4.

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HS Logo_Ponte VedraTeam: Ponte Vedra (Ponte Vedra, Fla.)
Last Year’s Record: 24-3
Last Year’s Finish of Note: FHSAA semifinalist
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: No. 49
Returning Starters: 7
Overall Returnees: 22
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 3

Top Seniors: RJ Garcia midfield (Jacksonville); Cody Legeza, attack/midfield (Skidmore); Jason Randloph, midfield (St Leo); Nick Nehrling, defense (Catawba); Evan Weiner, LSM (Dickinson); Gray Larson, FoGo (undecided); Auggie Relihan, defense/midfield (undecided); Billy Roy, defense/midfield (Clemson); Parker Eastland, defense (undecided); Patrick Lynch, defense (undecided); Garrett Boyle, attack (St. Leo’s).

Top Juniors: Logan Taucher, midfield (undecided); Eric Applegate, midfield (Jacksonville); Miles Silva, attack (Army); Ryan Wiele, attack/midfield (undecided); Conor Vaughan, midfield (undecided); John Harding, defense (undecided); Dylan O’Shea, LSM (undecided); Rob Peeters, attack (undecided); Conor Peaks, goalie (undecided); Liam Anderson, midfield (undecided).

What You Need To Know: The Sharks return severn starters and several who have been three-year varsity players from a team that reached the FHSAA state semifinals last season.

The return of Larson immediately helps at the face off X, and Silva, Wiele and Peeters should keep the pressure on opposing defenses. Defensively Ponte Vedra should be strong once again. Last year the team allowed double-digits in goals just once and held opponents to two or fewer goals on eight occasions.

The first big test of 2014 occurs within the first week of the season, on Feb. 26, when they travel to take on defending state champion Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.).

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St. Andrew’sTeam: St. Andrew’s (Boca Raton, Fla.)
Last Year’s Record: 20-4
Last Year’s Finish of Note: Florida state runner-up
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: No. 48
Returning Starters: 4
Overall Returnees: 20
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 1

Top Seniors: Thomas Lounsbury, defense (undecided); Connor Poetzinger, goalie (Connecticut College); Zach Schwartz, attack (Amherst); Ben Kennedy, midfield (undecided); Jake Legates, midfield (Roanoke).

Top Juniors: Brandt Guldin, midfield (undecided); Jake Bargas, defense (Michigan); Addison Lutes, attack (undecided); Alex Heatzig, defense (undecided); Keith Mahler, midfield (undecided).

What You Need To Know:The Scots are a perennial power in Florida and return a core of players that make up an experienced defense and a disciplined offense and return from a state championship appearance last season.

A consistent FAB 50 team, St. Andrew’s once again plays a challenging schedule, especially out of conference.

A March 18 game against Boys’ Latin (Baltimore, Md.) and a March 20 meeting against McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) are likely the highest ranked teams the Scots will play early, but an April 4 game at defending state champion Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.) could be a playoff preview.

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HS Logo_St Xavier (Ky)Team: St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.)
Last Year’s Record: 15-6
Last Year’s Finish of Note: Kentucky state championship runner-up
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 8
Overall Returnees: 24
No. Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 1

Top Seniors: Nick King, midfield (undecided); Will Roshkowski, midfield (Bellarmine); Russ Miller, midfield (undecided); Evan Cafee, defense (undecided); Raike Thornewill, attack (Ohio Wesleyan).

Top Juniors: Max Cartor, goalie (undecided); Jack Muldoon, midfield (undecided); Coleman Webb, midfield (undecided); Alex Cherry, midfield (undecided); Colin Roppel, attack (undecided); Leland Gray, attack (undecided); Will Edwards, attack (undecided); Owen Peters, defense (undecided); defense (undecided).

What You Need To Know: Last year the Tigers’ streak of five consecutive state championships ended with an 8-5 loss to Louisville Trinity, but with eight starters returning, which includes one attackman; two first-line midfielders, one defensive midfielder; one long-stick midfielder and its entire first defense and goalie, St. Xavier is primed for another run at a state title.
Highlighted by excellent athletes in the midfield with Miller and Roshkowski both showing sub 4.5 40-yard speed and five attackmen that can all produce goals and assists. The defense is anchored by goalie Max Cartor who is extremely quick between the pipes.
As usual the Tigers will play some of the better out of state teams in their region, facing off against St. Anne’s-Belfield (Charlottesville, Va.), Montgomery Bell Academy (Memphis, Tenn.) and Norfolk Academy (Norfolk, Va.). The Tigers should be a solid contender for a South Region ranking.

Team: Cardinal Gibbons (Raleigh, N.C.)
Last Year’s Record: 18-3
Last Year’s Finish of Note: NCHSAA Quarterfinalist
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 6
Overall Returnees: 17
No. Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 2
Top Seniors: Gannon Morrison, attack (Marist)
Top Juniors: Chris Lappin, defense (Boston University)
What You Need To Know: The Crusaders return six starters from a team that lost two games by a combined five goals last season. Cardinal Gibbons got bounced from the playoffs by eventual state champion Apex (Apex, N.C.), which is a team they defeated twice during the regular season. New head coach Alex Buckley takes over the program this year and leads a team that is a co-hosting the Brine King of the Spring Face-Off Classic in March and will play the favorite in Texas in The Woodlands (The Woodland, Texas).

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Team: Christ School (Asheville, N.C.)
Last Year’s Record: 13-4
Last Year’s Finish of Note: NCISAA Playoff Second Round
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 6
Overall Returnees: 17
No. Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 2
Top Seniors: Mark Pryor, defense (UMBC); Reid Memmel, midfield (Ursinus); A.J Hellstern, defense, (Tampa).
Top Juniors: Wilson Smith, defense; Jack Ruch, goalie; David Ratte, defense.
What You Need To Know: Head coach Jeff Miles enters his 13th season as head coach and has compiled a 118-62-1 career record. The Greenies return a great core of defensemen and have a solid goalie. Their depth and athleticism at midfield should be an asset, but the attack unit will be young. Games against Wando (S.C.) and Greenville (S.C.) will be good out of state tests.

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Team: Christ Church Episcopal (Greenville, S.C.)
Last Year’s Record: 7-9
Last Year’s Finish of Note:
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 8
Overall Returnees: 19
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 1

Top Seniors: Taylor Carsten, midfield (undecided); Fuller Parker, goalie (undecided); Brandon Anderson, defense (undecided); Robert Moser, LSM (undecided); Josh Schools, attack (undecided).

Top Juniors: Huw Staton, defense (Furman); Will Sanders, attack (undecided); Cotes Delaney, midfield/defense (undecided); William Allen, defense (undecided); Will Thomas, midfield (undecided).

What You Need To Know:Christ Church enters its third season as a program and return eight starters. The defense should be strong with Anderson, Moster, Staton, Delaney and Allen all returning.

Head coach Shane LeCroy has a good record in South Carolina lacrosse. As head coach at Greenville (Greenville, S.C.) he led the team to the state championship eight years in a row and won five in a row. Look for Christ Church to make some noise within the state this year.

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Team: Durham Jordan (Durham, N.C.)
Last Year’s Record: 13-3
Last Year’s Finish of Note: First Round of NCHSAA Playoffs
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 8
Overall Returnees: 16
No. Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today:
Top Seniors: Thomas Schmidt, midfield (Boston University); Sam Helwig, defense/LSM, (undecided); Owen Perrien, attack (undecided); Jesse Melton, attack/midfield (undecided); Patrick Rowe, attack/midfield (Huntingdon College)
Top Juniors: Aidan Marron, defense (undecided); Cleveland May, midfield (undecided); Keegan Barnes, goalie (undecided).
What You Need To Know: The Falcons return 90 percent of their point production from 2013. The defensive unit that allowed just 5.75 goals per game also returns in tact. Durham Jordan will get an early test as part of the Brine King of the Spring Face-Off Classic when they face Calvert Hall (Baltimore, Md.). An early in-state game against Cardinal Gibbons (Raleigh, N.C.) should also help identify the order for the Southeast Region rankings.

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Team: East Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
Last Year’s Record: 16-3
Last Year’s Finish of Note: NCHSAA state semifinalist
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 8
Overall Returnees: 13
No. Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 0

Top Seniors: Ian Levin, attack (Hampden Sydney); Daniel Wittekind, defense (undecided).

Top Juniors: Drew Monroe, attack (undecided); Ellis Llewellyn, defense (undecided); Jordan Steinberg, LSM (undecided); Rourke Therrian, defense (undecided); Steele Lloyd, midfield (undecided).

What You Need To Know:Eight starters return from a team that reached the state semifinals last season. The Wildcats are strong with an experienced senior defense and an efficient and seasoned attack unit.

A key region meeting with Texas state title contender Highland Park (Dallas, Texas) takes place early in the season on March 10.

HS Logo_Memphis University SchoolTeam: Memphis University School (Memphis, Tenn.) “MUS”
Last Year’s Record: 16-4
Last Year’s Finish of Note: Tennessee State Champion
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 7
Overall Returnees: 27
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity as Of Today: 3

Top Seniors: Patrick DiMento, Attack (Furman); Jackson Roberts, Defense (Furman); John Valentine, Defense (undecided); Lucas Crenshaw, Midfield (undecided); Myatt McClure, Midfield (undecided).

Top Juniors: Hayden Hunt, Attack (Air Force); Tom Garrott, Midfield (undecided); John Madden, Midfield/FO (undecided);

What You Need To Know: MUS is the three-time defending Tennessee state champion and have a lot of big game experience returning.

Offensively, they are led by DiMento and Hunt, but they are very balanced and their midfielders will present match-up problems. Defensively, Roberts, Valentine and Schwartz bring size and athleticism. MUS has a very talented sophomore class and expects big contributions from Robinson and Crain at midfield and from Medlock on attack.

Games against Montgomery Bell Academy (Nashville, Tenn.), St Anne’s-Belfield (Charlottesville, Va.), Charlotte Latin (Charlotte, N.C.), Dallas Jesuit (Dallas, Texas), MICDS (St. Louis, Mo.), Lake Norman (Mooresville, N.C.) and Milton (Milton, Ga.) will once again prepare the Owls for a championship run.

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Team: Montgomery Bell Academy (Nashville, Tenn.)
Last Year’s Record: 12-7
Last Year’s Finish of Note: Tennessee runner-up
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 6
Overall Returnees: 16
No. Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 1

Top Seniors: Samuel Bamigboye, defense (Johns Hopkins); Sam Harwell, attack/midfield (undecided); Bailey Perrone, defense (undecided); Grey Reames, midfield (undecided); Russell Carpenter, midfield (undecided); Denny Lackey, midfield (undecided).

Top Juniors: Austin Rolfe, midfield (undecided); Stephen Ray, long-stick midfield (undecided); Arthur Churchwell, midfield (undecided).

What You Need To Know: MBA will be an athletic group with solid two-way midfielders. The experienced defense led by Bamigboye will help in front of a new young goalie. Head coach John Harvey said the team needs a second face-off man to take reps and a couple new guys to step up on attack.

The Big Red plays a wide range of teams this season, including Louisville-St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.), St. Mary’s (Annapolis, Md.) and Calverton School (Huntingtown, Md.).

Games against defending Tennessee champion Memphis University School (Memphis, Tenn.) and McCallie (Chattanooga, Tenn.) should be previews of potential playoff meetings.

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HS Logo_McCallieTeam: McCallie School (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Last Year’s Record: 19-3
Last Year’s Finish of Note: Tennessee state semifinalist
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 5
Overall Returnees: 19
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 7

Top Seniors: Justin Powers, midfield (undecided); Zach Sharp, attack (Wingate); Justin Dennis, midfield (undecided).

Top Juniors: Tate Boyce, goalie (Providence); Tyler Wilks, attack (Providence); Braiden Davis, midfield (undecided); Paul Silverblatt, midfield (undecided); Jake Adams, goalie (undecided); Sam Viscomi, midfield (undecided); Hayden Brown, defense (undecided); Blake Center, attack (undecided); Drew Lukacs, midfield (undecided).

What You Need To Know: The Blue Tornado lost a heartbreaking 7-6 overtime game to Montgomery Bell Academy (Nashville, Tenn.) last year in the state semifinal game, but 2014 could be the year they return to the top.

The last championship for McCallie was in 2010, but that could change this year with five returning starters and a host of future Division I-bound players.

McCallie’s primary strength will be its team speed and overall depth. The team defense will be substantially improved from a year ago. On offense, the Blue Tornado will have better chemistry as they return their third and fifth leading scorers from a year ago and a majority of their midfielders. The only question mark will be at the face off x where they have a host of great candidates, but lost both of their face-off men from a year ago.

Coach Troy Kemp has won 192 games in his career and he is putting his team against some talented competition this year. He plays Texas championship contender Highland Park (Dallas, Texas) as part of the Brine King of Spring Face-Off in March and travels to play Landon (Bethesda, Md.) on March 21. They also travel to play St. Anne’s-Belfield (Charlottesville, Va.) on March 22, which will prove to be key inter-regional games.

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HS Logo_Episcopal DallasTeam: Episcopal Dallas (Dallas, Texas)
Last Year’s Record: 15-7
Last Year’s Finish of Note: Texas state runner-up
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 7
Overall Returnees:
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 4

Top Seniors: Richie Loftus, attack (Dartmouth); Jack Beare, attack (Notre Dame); Foster Huggins, defense (Loyola); Ben Kelly, lsm (undecided).

Top Juniors: Sam Romano, midfield (Syracuse); Joseph Rooney, midfield (undecided); Gab Goncalves, defense (undecided).

What You Need To Know:The Eagles reached the Texas state championship game last year and took eventual state champ St. Mark’s (Dallas, Texas) to overtime before falling 8-7.

Last year Episcopal Dallas had just four seniors so the team returns depth and experience.

Romano is a Top 200 player and has the potential to change a game. Huggins, Loftus and Bear were all among the StudentSportsLacrosse.com Top 25 for the Midwest Region and provide solid senior leadership.

The early schedule is not as national as last season for the Eagles, but it should not take long to gauge the state with a March 1 meeting against The Woodlands (The Woodlands, Texas) in addition to a March 28 game against St. Mark’s.

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HS Logo_Highland ParkTeam: Highland Park (Dallas, Texas)
Last Year’s Record: 14-3
Last Year’s Finish of Note: Texas state semifinalist
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: n/a
Overall Returnees: n/a
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 4

Top Seniors: Robert Mencke, midfield (Harvard); William Stowe, defense (undecided)

Top Juniors: Case Carpenter, defense/lsm (North Carolina); Tyler Brock, attack (VMI).

What You Need To Know: Highland Park is always one of the teams vying for a Texas state title and 2014 is no exception. Carpenter is a StudentSportsLacrosse.com Top 200 athlete and Mencke and Stowe are among the top players the state.

The Fighting Scots will get a chance to play McCallie (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Calvert Hall (Baltimore, Md.) at the Brine King of Spring Face-Off in Durham, N.C., in March, which should give voters a good gauge as to where they fall in the FAB 50.

Instate games against Episcopal Dallas (Dallas, Texas), The Woodlands (The Woodlands, Texas) and defending state champion St. Mark’s (Dallas, Texas) will be key regional meetings and could decide which teams finish the year among the FAB 50 rankings.

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Updated: February 10, 2014

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