East Region Preview

StudentSportsLacrosse.com continues its look ahead to the 2014 season.

StudentSportsLacrosse.com continues its look ahead to the 2014 season.

The East Region is a minefield for FAB 50 National Champion hopefuls. Even teams that dominate their state will face tough challenges from their rivals in 2014. Defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association champion Loyola-Blakefield (Towson, Md.) will face an onslaught of challenges from teams within their conference.

There are four potential FAB 50 No. 1 teams in the East Region with Boys’ Latin (Baltimore, Md.), Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda, Md.), Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.) and St. Paul’s (Brooklandville, Md.).

The East Region includes Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington D.C..

Want to weigh in on which team you think should be No. 1? Go to Twitter and use #LaxFAB50 and vote for your team. Editor Mike Loveday will track the votes until 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15 and release the public No. 1 team on Sunday, Feb. 16 – one day before the Preseason FAB 50 is released.

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East Preseason Top 20

1. Boys’ Latin (Baltimore, Md.)
2. St. Paul’s (Brooklandville, Md.)
3. Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.)
4. Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda, Md.)
5. Malvern Prep (Malvern, Pa.)
6. McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.)
7. Loyola-Blakefield (Towson, Md.)
8. Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.)
9. Landon (Bethesda, Md.)
10. Gilman (Baltimore, Md.)
11. La Salle College (Wyndmoor, Pa.)
12. St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Alexandria, Va.)
13. St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia, Pa.)
14. Salesianum (Wilmington, Del.)
15. Conestoga (Berwyn, Pa.)
16. DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.)
17. Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.)
18. Episcopal Academy (Newtown Square, Pa.)
19. Avon Grove (West Grove, Pa.)
20. Hereford (Parkton, Md.)

HS Logo_Boys' LatinTeam: Boys’ Latin (Baltimore, Md.)
Last Year’s Record: 19-1
Last Year’s Finish of Note: Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association runner-up
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: No. 3
Returning Starters: 9
Overall Returnees:
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 19

Top Seniors: Brady Dashiell, midfield (Furman); Tal Bruno, midfield (Johns Hopkins); Hunter Moreland, face off (Johns Hopkins); Shack Stanwick, attack (Johns Hopkins); Keegan O’Connor, midfield (Maryland); Hugh Mosko, defense (Michigan); Colin Chell, attack (Ohio State); Evan Dohler, defense/long-stick midfield (UMBC); David Pisanic, goalie (UMBC).

Top Juniors: Dylan Gaines, defense (Denver); Myles Cohen, defense/long-stick midfield (Furman); Matt Sacks, defense (Furman); Kyle Weatherford, midfield (Furman); Devin Shewell, attack (Johns Hopkins); Patrick Spencer, attack (Loyola).

What You Need To Know: The Lakers have some unfinished business heading into the 2014 season.The consensus No. 1 team in the nation for the majority of the year went 10-1 against FAB 50 teams last year, but its lone loss was in the MIAA championship against No. 2 Loyola-Blakefield (Towson, Md.).

With nine seniors already committed to Division I programs and two players in the StudentSportsLacrosse.com Top 50 of 2014, the Lakers are the favorite to win the MIAA A Conference title heading into the year. Top 50 players Stanwick (1) and Bruno (20) will anchor the attack and midfield and with O’Connor made quite an intimidating scoring punch last season.

Head coach Bob Shriver has amassed 471 career wins and said the team will be strong at the offensive midfield and attack, but that the defense will be young with several starters and the starting goalie having graduated.

As usual the schedule starts off with a challenge for the Lakers. They travel to Florida to take on the defending Florida state champion in Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.) and the runner-up in St. Andrew’s (Boca Raton, Fla.). The Lakers will travel to four-time defending Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.), Maryland Class 3A/2A state champion Hereford (Parkton, Md.) and host New York CHSAA AA champion Timon-St. Jude (Buffalo, N.Y.). Add the conference schedule and games against MIAA defending champion Loyola-Blakefield and expected playoff contenders St. Paul’s (Brooklandville, Md.), McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.), Calvert Hall (Baltimore, Md.) and Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) and the Lakers have one of the more intimidating schedules of the year.

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Calvert Hall logoTeam: Calvert Hall (Baltimore, Md.)
Last Year’s Record: 11-6
Last Year’s Finish of Note: Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association semifinalist
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: No. 16
Returning Starters: 5
Overall Returnees: 16
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 11

Top Seniors: Erik Evans, defense (Ohio State); Colin McLaughlin, midfield (Siena); Matt Brashears, defense (Towson); Andrew Fanshaw, attack (Towson); Dan Flock, goalie (Vermont); Michael Lanahan, defense (High Point); Henry Vido, goalie (Lafayette).

Top Juniors: Joe Dipeso, lsm (undecided); Timmy Kelly, attack (North Carolina); Luke Reeder, defense (undecided); Jason Brown, attack (Army);

What You Need To Know:The Cardinals were in the hunt to defend their 2012 MIAA championship last season before falling to Boys’ Latin (Baltimore, Md.) 12-10 in the semifinals.

The 2014 MIAA could be even more brutal as Boys’ Latin, McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) and St. Paul’s (Brooklandville, Md.) all return key starters and Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) is expected to be tough once again. The Lakers head into the year as the preseason favorite, but to say it could be anyone’s year might be an understatement.

Despite the tough conference schedule, head coach Bryan Kelly has put together a challenging out-of-conference slate.

They play Highland Park (Dallas, Texas), which is expected to challenge for the Texas state title, Canadian powerhouse Hill Academy, defending PIAA state champion La Salle College (Wyndmoor, Pa.) and runner-up Conestoga (Berwyn, Pa.). Additonially, they play Trinity-Pawling (Pawling, N.Y.) and IMG National (Bradenton, Fla.) so there is little to not breathing room this season.

The defense should be strong with the return of Evans, Brashears, Lanahan, Dipeso and Reeder in addition to goalies Flock and Vido.

The graduation of the talented Stephen Kelly will be impossible to replace, but the offense is still talented with Fanshaw, Timmy Kelly and Brown back at attack. Sophomores Braden Atkinson (midfield/face off) and Ethan Mintzer provide youth and depth and are committed to Johns Hopkins and Maryland, respectively.

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HS Logo_Calverton SchoolTeam: Calverton School (Huntingtown, Md.)
Last Year’s Record: 10-6
Last Year’s Finish of Note: MILL Champion
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 7
Overall Returnees: 18
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 3

Top Seniors: Connor Quinn, attack (Drexel); Jake Cornellier, goalie (Roanoke); Jake Pesetsky, midfield (Sewanee).

Top Juniors: Josh Hubbard, defense (undecided); Jon Mazza, midfield (High Point); Charlie Taylor, midfield/face off (High Point); Chris DiPretoro, attack (undecided); Dylan Chand, defense (undecided); Tom O’Brien, defense (undecided).

What You Need To Know: Head Coach Bill Ball enters his second year as head coach at Calverton and the team enters 2014 riding a nine-game winning streak. The Cougars started 2013 by losing six of their first seven games and then never lost again. They posted wins over Episcopal Dallas (Dallas, Texas) and Coronado (Coronado, Calif.).

Calverton will test themselves early in 2014 with a March 14 game against Landon (Bethesda, Md.) followed by a March 15 game against Montgomery Bell Academy (Memphis, Tenn.), a March 18 game against Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda, Md.) and finally a March 20 game against St. Mary’s (Annapolis, Md.).

The Cougars are a team that could receive preseason votes for the FAB 50 as they’ve performed well among the rankings in the past.

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HS Logo_DeMathaTeam: DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.)
Last Year’s Record: 11-8
Last Year’s Finish of Note: Washington Catholic Athletic Conference semifinalist
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: 9

Top Seniors: Johnny Surdick, defense (Army); Bain Schroeder, defense (UMass-Lowell); Nick Ramsey, goalie (Navy); Brad Peters, goalie (Brown); Sean Doyle, midfield (Robert Morris); Brady Thompson, midfield (Lehigh); Greyson Torain, midfield (Navy); Steve Partlow, attack (UMBC).

Top Juniors: Matt Brisolari, midfield (Providence); Evan Skinner, midfield (undecided).

What You Need To Know: While Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) heads into the season as the four-time defending WCAC champion, DeMatha may be the favorite to take back the title in 2014.

The Stags return eight starters and boast nine Division I commits from a team that reached the WCAC semifinals last season. Both Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.) and Gonzaga graduated many of their starters from last year as well.

DeMatha will be strong in goal with Ramsey and Peters and boast an athletic midfield with Doyle, Thompson, Torain and junior Brisolari.

The Stags play some of the best teams in the region this season, including defending PIAA champ La Sallle College (Wyndmoor, Pa.) on March 28 followed by Landon (Bethesda, Md.) on April 14, Paul VI on April 17, Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda, Md.) on April 22 and finishing up with Gonzaga on April 29.

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Georgetown PrepTeam: Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda, Md.)
Last Year’s Record: 17-6
Last Year’s Finish of Note: IAC Co-Champions (regular season)
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: No. 27
Returning Starters: 8
Overall Returnees: 28
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 14
Top Seniors: Towsend Brown, attack (Virginia); Charlie Horning, attack (Villanova); Tanner Holifield, attack (Colby); Brendan Collins, midfield (Notre Dame); Kyle Strang, midfield (Drexel); Drew McLaughlin, midfield (Tufts); Scott Lanham, defense (Brown); Zach Bluemenstein, defense (Dickinson); Matt Billings, defense (Denver); Will Railey, goalie (Virginia); Matt Verhieller, goalie (Mount St. Mary’s)

Top Juniors: Austin McDonald, attack (Georgetown); David Lipka, midfield (Army); Jack Olson, midfield (Johns Hopkins); Finn Dunne, defense (Georgetown); Joey Altemus, goalie (Bucknell).

What You Need To Know: The Hoyas have a coach with more than 400 career victories and coach Kevin Giblin has a talented team returning in 2014. One league coach told StudentSportsLacrosse.com that 2014 was always going to be Georgetown Prep’s year.

The roster is highlighted by Top 50 players Collins (Notre Dame) and Blumenstein (Dickinson) and boasts depth at almost every position. Collins is considered one of the best midfielders in the area and should help lead the offense. Railey is a three-year starter in goal this year and in case he needs a breather, Altemus is there to help.

Early games against St. Paul’s (Brooklandville, Md.) Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.) and Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) will be major FAB 50 matchups and with wins could put the Hoyas in contention for the national championship. Late games against Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.), DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) and St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Alexandria, Va.) and of course long-time rival Landon (Bethesda, Md.) could help them solidify a high ranking.

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Gilman SchoolTeam: Gilman (Baltimore, Md.)
Last Year’s Record: 12-4
Last Year’s Finish of Note: Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A quarterfinalist
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: No. 13
Returning Starters:
Overall Returnees:
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 7

Top Seniors: William McBride, midfield (North Carolina); Tyler Ruhl, attack (Notre Dame); Brendan Barger, lsm (Ohio State); Chase Campbell, defense (Virginia); Chase Wittich, attack (Colgate);

Top Juniors: Andy Matthews, attack/midfield (North Carolina); Jack Halpert, lam (North Carolina).

What You Need To Know: The Greyhounds boast two Top 50 players in Ruhl and McBride and boast five returning seniors committed to Division I programs and reached the MIAA playoffs last season.

The schedule for 2014 is one of the tougher in the nation with a March 21 game against three potential FAB 50 preseason No. 1 teams; Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.), Culver Academy (Culver, Ind.) and Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda, Md.).

An April 4 game against Loyola-Blakefield (Towson, Md.) will be a rematch of the game that ended Gilman’s 2013 season and kicks off the conference schedule.

Gilman should once again be in playoff contention and a team that could challenge for the title.

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HS Logo_Gonzaga LacrosseTeam: Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.)
Last Year’s Record: 19-2
Last Year’s Finish of Note: Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Champions (fourth-straight)
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: No. 4
Returning Starters: 2
Overall Returnees: 21
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 13

Top Seniors: Colin Riehl, faceoff/d-middie (Marquette); Mark Anstead, attack (Detriot Mercy); Jake Mraz, defense (Tufts); Peter Gilday, long-stick midfield (undecided); Matt Kim, midfield (undecided); Luke Smith, attack (Lafayette).

Top Juniors: Michael Borda, defense (Michigan); Ridge Slater, midfield (Cornell); Timmy Monahan, attack (Ohio State); Liam Fitzpatrick, midfield (undecided); Luke Vassos, midfield (undecidied).

What You Need To Know: Until someone knocks them off, the Purple Eagles are the team to beat in the WCAC. Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.) should challenge this season as the teams played to a two-goal finish in the championship game last year. Just two starters return to the lineup, but Gonzaga has 10 players in their underclass already committed to Division I programs. Head coach Casey O’Neill has compiled a 102-26 record since he took over the program in 2008 and has led them to four-straight WCAC titles.

As usual Gonzaga’s schedule will be strong and if they were to go undefeated would likely put them in position for a FAB 50 National Championship. An early game against Canadian powerhouse Hill Academy followed by games against Boys’ Latin (Baltimore, Md.), McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) Paul VI, Bullis (Potomac, Md.), Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda, Md.) and Landon (Bethesda, Md.) will not allow many easy stretches throughout the season.

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HS Logo_HerefordTeam: Hereford (Parkton, Md.)
Last Year’s Record: 19-2
Last Year’s Finish of Note: Maryland Class 3A/2A State Champion
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: No. 12
Returning Starters: 2
Overall Returnees: 16
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 3

Top Seniors: Brock Turnbaugh, goalie (Johns Hopkins); Jason Ashwood, attack (High Point); Adam Ceribelli, midfield (Towson); Connor Williams, midfield (BYU); Matt Groff, defense (undecided).

Top Juniors: Neil Lavietes, attack (undecided).

What You Need To Know: The Bulls are the gold standard for Maryland public school programs and have won six consecutive state championships. Hereford stepped up its schedule last season and posted a win over Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association’s Gilman School (Baltimore, Md.) one year after defeating St. Paul’s (Brooklandville, Md.). Hereford’s only two losses were to MIAA programs St. Paul’s and eventual champion Loyola-Blakefield (Towson, Md.).

Hereford graduated quite a few players from last year’s team, but still return StudentSportsLacrosse.com regionally ranked players Turnbaugh, Ashwood and Ceribelli.

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HS Logo_LandonTeam: Landon (Bethesda, Md.)
Last Year’s Record: 13-7
Last Year’s Finish of Note:
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: No. 50
Returning Starters: 6
Overall Returnees: 24
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 14

Top Seniors: Jack Bolen, midfield (Cornell); Zac Buller, attack (Jacksonville); Jack Falk, midfield (Virginia); Sam Lynch, midfield (Johns Hopkins); Riley McTague, midfield (Hobart); Andrew Mitchell, defense (Army); Sean O’Brien, attack (Bucknell); Austin Petty, midfield (Virginia).

Top Juniors: Colton Rupp, attack (Cornell); Hunter Sells, goalie (Johns Hopkins); Jarett Witzal, midfield/FOGO (Bucknell); Thomas Evans, defense (Navy).

What You Need To Know: The IAC is going to be at minimum a three-team race this season and Landon will be vying for the conference championship once again. The Bears are strong in the midfield with Falk, who is one of the best middies/athletes in the country. The Virginia commit has Under Armour/All-American potential. Bolen is poised for a breakout senior season. O’Brien was an All-IAC pick as a junior and was named to the Under Armour Tourney Team this past summer at Towson playing for Team DC. O’Brien will quarterback the attack. Also returning are goalie (Sells), and a dominant face off man in Witzal who had productive sophomore seasons. On offense three of Landon’s top five scorers return (O’Brien, Zac Buller, Colton Rupp) and combined for 93 points in 2013.

Landon may be thin defensively because of injuries. Andrew Mitchell (senior captain) tore his ACL during football season and will miss the spring season. Thomas Evans and Paul Padalino will anchor the defense. Both Evans and Padalino played varsity as sophomores. Evans is a Navy commit. Finally, Brandon Johnson who has outstanding feet will play LSM.

The schedule starts touch with an opening game against 2013 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference runner-up Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.) on March 11 followed by games against Hill Academy (Canada), Avon Old Farms (Avon, Conn.), McCallie (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Penn Charter (Philadelphia, Pa.) all in March. The Bears also play DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) and Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) out of conference and will play IAC co-champions Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda, Md.) and St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Alexandria, Va.) this season.

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HS Logo_Loyola BlakefieldTeam: Loyola-Blakefield (Towson, Md.)
Last Year’s Record: 13-8
Last Year’s Finish of Note: Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Conference A champions
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: No. 2
Returning Starters: 7
Overall Returnees: 22
No. Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 5

Top Seniors: Michael Muerer, LSM (Drexel); Chris Anderson, midfield (Brown
); Ryan Gilliss, defense (Denison); 

Parker Sessions, defense (Bowdoin).

Top Juniors: Acie Newton, goalie (Brown); Alex Roesner, attack (Pennsylvania); Ryan Conrad, midfield (Virginia).

What You Need To Know: It was a magical run to the MIAA A conference title for the Dons last season. Loyola had a 3-6 conference record and a needed overtime win just to get into the playoffs, and were the least likely pick to win it all. Falling behind 6-0 to then No.1 Boys’ Latin (Baltimore, Md.) piled even more doubt against the Dons, but a second-half comeback propelled them to the conference championship and a FAB 50 No. 2 final ranking.

Conrad is a Top 200 selection and will be key in the midfield as the Dons attempt to defend their title.

Early games against Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.), Malvern Prep (Malvern, Pa.) and St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia, Pa.) will be an early test and key FAB 50 and regional match ups.

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McDonoghTeam: McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.)
Last Year’s Record: 14-4
Last Year’s Finish of Note: Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association semifinalist
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: No. 11
Returning Starters: 8
Overall Returnees: 26
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 11

Top Seniors: Trey McGee, attack (Denver); Grady Hearn, defense (High Point); Brinton Valis, midfield (Johns Hopkins); Alex Hurdle, defense (Notre Dame); Calvin Livingston, defense (Towson).

Top Juniors: Robert Clark, attack (Georgetown); Bobby Austin, attack/midfield (Loyola); Jacob Stover, goalie (Loyola); Robby Black, midfield (Notre Dame); Connor Young, attack/midfield (Navy).

What You Need To Know:For the later half of 2013 the Eagles looked like the team that would give Boys’ Latin (Baltimore, Md.) a run for the MIAA championship, but a semifinal loss to eventual champ Loyola-Blakefield (Towson, Md.) capped the season.

With the return of Top 50 players Valis (No. 7) and Hurdle (No. 29) along with the return of all but one offensive starter a host of Division I players the Eagles will be among the favorites for a title run in 2014. The defense returns four of five players, but the team will need to fill the spots left by graduation at goalie, face off and both long-stick midfield positions.

The season starts with a challenge with potential FAB 50 No. 1 Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.) immediately followed by Episcopal Academy (Newtown Square, Pa.), St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) and defending Florida state champion Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.) and runner-up St. Andrew’s (Boca Raton, Fla.). The schedule does not get easier from there with a meeting with another potential FAB 50 No. 1, Culver Academy (Culver, Ind.) and defending Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.). Then the conference schedule begins.

Should McDonogh go undefeated this season it would likely hoist the FAB 50 national championship at the end of the year.

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HS Logo_St MarysTeam: St. Mary’s (Annapolis, Md.)
Last Year’s Record: 6-9
Last Year’s Finish of Note:
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 6
Overall Returnees: 21
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 8

Top Seniors: Cole Robertson, midfield (Towson); Liam Kelly, midfield (Yale); Kyle Maxey, defense (Mount St. Mary’s).

Top Juniors: Bryce Carrasco, defense (Princeton); Kevin Fox, LSM (Penn State); Hunter Smith, defense (Maryland); Tommy Miller, defense (Towson); Timmy Hardy, attack (Villanova).

What You Need To Know: Head Coach Ben Rubeor enters his second year as head coach of the Saints and boasts a talented squad.

The Saints junior class boasts five Division I commits and combined with three Division I athletes in the senior class they are not a team to be overlooked this season. With a tough Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association to navigate the 2014 season will be interesting to watch play out.

Games against Montgomery Bell Academy (Memphis, Tenn.) will be a major game in terms of ranking the Southeast against the East region this season. The March 18 game against Inter-Ac power Malvern Prep (Malvern, Pa.) will have both region and FAB 50 impact.

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St. Paul'sTeam: St. Paul’s (Brooklandville, Md.)
Last Year’s Record: 15-5
Last Year’s Finish of Note: MIAA (Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association) Playoff
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: No. 21
Returning Starters: 7
Overall Returnees: 25
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 18

Top Seniors: Mikey Wynne, attack (Notre Dame), Liam Anderson, attack (Colgate); BJ Mattheiss, midfield (Michigan); Mason Witzler, midfield (UMBC); Bennett Moore, defense (Hobart); Connor Keenan, defense (Quinnipiac); Hunter Pearl, goalie (Penn State); Luke Matanin, defense (Wagner); Zach Buhl, defense (Mount St. Mary’s).

Top Juniors: Carter Flaig, attack (Princeton); AJ Barretto, Goalie (Army); Jack Pollard, midfield (Navy); Alex McGovern, midfield (UNC); Dawes Milchling, attack (Vermont); Ryan Zoll, defense, (Fairfield).

What You Need To Know: Mikey Wynne may be the most explosive scorer in the MIAA and the Crusaders return experience, depth at attack/midfield and goalie. Should be a contender for MIAA title this season. St. Paul’s plays Canadian powerhouse Hill Academy early in the year followed by games against the best teams in Washington D.C. in Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda, Md.) and Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.). Add Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.) to the schedule and the Crusaders have one of the toughest out-of-conference schedules in the nation.

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HS Logo_SalesianumTeam: Salesianum (Wilmington, Del.)
Last Year’s Record: 17-2
Last Year’s Finish of Note: Delaware state champions
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: No. 19
Returning Starters: n/a
Overall Returnees: n/a
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 7

Top Seniors: Fred Freibott, defense/lsm (Ohio State); Jason Kelly, attack (UMBC).

Top Juniors: Cole Renninger, lsm (Quinnipiac); Sam Fink, attack/midfield (Monmouth); Ryan Kern, goalie (Navy); Connor Freeborn, defense/lsm (Navy) .

What You Need To Know: The Sals enter the year riding a 15-game winning streak that included wins over IAC co-champion Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda, Md.), La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, Calif.) and St. Augustine Prep (Richland, N.J.).

The 2014 schedule is similar with a late March meeting against defending Inter-Ac champion Malvern Prep (Malvern, Pa.), which was one of the Sals two losses last season. A rematch against La Costa Canyon takes place on April 10 and an April 24 meeting against California power St. Ignatius Prep (San Francisco, Calif.) will be a key East vs. West Region game.

An early question will be whether Troy Reeder, a Penn State football commit, will suit up for the lacrosse team this season. According to an early January article from The Examiner, the midfielder was still deciding if he was going to play this season.

Even without Reeder, the Sals are a talented squad with its defense being the strength. Freibott is the No. 2 player in Delaware and along with Renninger, Freeborn and stud sophomore Patrick Lyons (North Carolina) the Sals should once again be able to hold teams offenses in check. Last year they allowed more than five goals just four times.

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HS Logo_Avon GroveTeam: Avon Grove (West Grove, Pa.)
Last Year’s Record: 21-4
Last Year’s Finish of Note: PIAA 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: 6

Top Seniors: Tanner Peck, attack/midfield (Penn State); Will Schreiner, goalie (Penn State); Brendan McNicholas, defense (St. Joseph’s); Danny Norris, defense (Lehigh).

Top Underclassmen: Beau Kush, Jr., midfield (North Carolina); Nick Cardile, Soph., LSM (Penn State).

What You Need To Know: The Red Devils came on strong last season after going 9-10 in 2012. Last year they finished 21-4 with wins over Central Bucks East, Conestoga and Garnet Valley.

Six players are already committed to Division I programs and return to a team that reached the PIAA semifinals last season.

The schedule is tougher this year with a March 29 game against Malvern Prep and an April 17 meeting at Haverford School.

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HS Logo_Central Bucks EastTeam: Central Bucks East (Buckingham, Pa.)
Last Year’s Record: 15-4
Last Year’s Finish of Note:
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 10
Overall Returnees: 28
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 6

Top Seniors: Matt Heim, midfield (Loyola); Tyler Butler, defense (Penn State); Matt Milici, attack (undecided); Matt Schmidt, attack (Robert Morris); William Dempster, defense (Robert Morris).

Top Juniors: Dustin Buchanan, lsm (Saint Joseph’s); Sean McGovern, goalie (Boston University); Matt Brown, midfield (undecided); Michael Eveland, defense (undecided).

What You Need To Know: The 2014 spring season brings a strong and athletic defense led by Captain Tyler Butler. The Patriots midfield will create all the offense with Captain Matt Heim eading the way. Finishing the offense will be a strong attack led by Matt Milici and Matt Schmidt.

Central Bucks East fell to eventual District One runner-up Garnet Valley last season. Central Bucks East has won its conference championship eight out of the last nine years. Its record within the conference is 114-12. Out of conference games that will be deciding factors in the FAB 50 and within the East Region include an opening game against Conestoga (Berwyn, Pa.), an April 5 game against Malvern Prep (Malvern, Pa.) and a May 3 game against defending Inter-Ac champion Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.). If the Patriots can win two of those three games they would likely be a solid FAB 50 team by the end of the year.

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HS Logo_ConestogaTeam: Conestoga (Berwyn, Pa.)
Last Year’s Record: 15-11
Last Year’s Finish of Note: PIAA runner-up
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 5
Overall Returnees: 18
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 8

Top Seniors: Jake Scott, attack (Harvard); Alex Mezey, attack (Lafayette); Connor Ashton, attack (Rollins College); Christian Jobs, face off (Roger Williams); Pierre Atkinson, midfield (undecided); Jack Robbins, midfield (St. Lawrence); Conor Campbell, LSM, (St. Mary’s); Peter Cost, defense (Goucher).

Top Juniors: Chris Brady, attack (Lafayette); Sam Friedman, midfield (Lafayette); Dylan Sidoriak, defense/lsm (Towson); Robbie Sedlak, defense (VMI); Matt Schleicher, attack (undecided); Steve Hildebrand, attack (undecided); Jack Green, goalie (undecided); John Roulston, goalie (Drexel); Damase Bagbonon, lsm/defense (Loyola).

What You Need To Know: It was an up-and-down year for the Pioneers last season. The team never won more than three straight games, but they did enough to reach the PIAA championship game before falling to La Salle College (Wyndmoor, Pa.).

The offense should once again be strong with Scott, Mezey and Brady leading the way. Defensively with Pioneers only allowed double-digits in goals six times last season and returning to the lineup is Sedlak, Sidoriak and sophomore defender Jack Reilly (Virginia). But the defense will be mostly new according to head coach Brian Samson and goalie will be another position with a new starter.

Samson has once again crafted a challenging schedule with Calvert Hall (Baltimore, Md.) on March 28, La Salle College on April 26 and finishing the regular season against Malvern Prep (Malvern, Pa.) on May 10 and Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.) on May 13.

History dictates the Pioneers will once again be in the running for a PIAA title, which usually results in a high FAB 50 ranking.

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Episcopal AcademyTeam: Episcopal Academy (Newtown Square, Pa.)
Last Year’s Record: 15-6
Last Year’s Finish of Note:
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: No. 18
Returning Starters: n/a
Overall Returnees: n/a
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 6

Top Seniors: Brian Zappala, goalie (Pennsylvania); Matt Ernst, midfield/face off (Lehigh); Raphael Furey, defense/LSM (Boston University).

Top Juniors: Curtis Zappala, attack/midfield (Maryland); Colin Reder, goalie (North Carolina): Chris Friedman, midfield (undecided).

What You Need To Know: The Churchmen were in the hunt for the Inter-Ac title until the final day last season and posted wins over Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.), Malvern Prep (Malvern, Pa.), eventual PIAA champion La Salle College and runner-up Conestoga (Berwyn, Pa.).

A few seniors graduated, but head coach Andy Hayes has led his team to at least 10 wins in six of the past seven seasons.

Goalie will be a strength this season with senior Brian Zappala and junior Reder providing depth and experience. Both Reder and junior Curtis Zappala are StudentSportsLacrosse.com Top 50 players. Ernst along with sophomore Christian Feliziani provide talent at the face off and midfield.

Episcopal Academy starts its season with four tough games, beginning with Bullis (Potomac, Md.) followed by McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) on March 15, defending IAC champion St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Alexandria, Va.) on March 21 and potential FAB 50 No. 1 Culver Academy (Culver, Ind.) on March 22.

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HS Logo_Garnet ValleyTeam: Garnet Valley (Glen Mills, Pa.)
Last Year’s Record: 18-7
Last Year’s Finish of Note: District One runner-up
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 7
Overall Returnees: 13
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 5

Top Seniors: Jake Matier, defense (St Joseph’s); Kyle Roberts, attack (undecided); Brandon Dowd, midfield (undecided); Stephen Davis, LSM (undecided).

Top Juniors: Joey Granahan, defense (undecided); Dylan Lee, midfield (Air Force); Daniel Lanham, face off (St. Joseph’s); Conner Faith, midfield (undecided); Alex Middelman, defense (undecided); Thomas Hourican, defense (undecided).

What You Need To Know: Garnet Valley returns a strong defense that gave up less than six goals per game for the last two years and helped them reach the PIAA quarterfinals last season where they fell to eventual state champion La Salle College (Wyndmoor, Pa.).

This year the team is filled with young talent on offense and has depth across the board and strong in net.

The big FAB 50 test for the Jaguars this season will come late in the year with a May 1 game against Conestoga (Berwyn, Pa.) and a May 3 game against Avon Grove (West Grove, Pa.). The PIAA champion has always been a FAB 50 team by the end of the year and assuming the Jaguars are once again in the PIAA playoffs should be a contender for that honor this season.

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Haverford SchoolTeam: Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.)
Last Year’s Record: 15-7
Last Year’s Finish of Note: Inter-Ac Invitational champions
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: No. 15
Returning Starters: 7
Overall Returnees: 36
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 17

Top Seniors: Connor Keating, LSM (Pennsylvania); Peter Blynn, midfield (Harvard); Jack Appicciafuoco, midfield (Lafayette); Connor Black, defense (undecided); Jeff Odiorne, midfield, (Bowdoin); Brendan Burke, defense (undecided).

Top Juniors: Jake Hervada, midfield (Delaware); Lane Odom, midfield (Johns Hopkins); Drew Supinski, midfield (Johns Hopkins); Brendan Shima, attack (Michigan); Colin Bosak, face off (Navy); Brendan Jacob, midfield (Navy); Noah Lejman, defense (Pennsylvania); Grant Ament, attack (Penn State); Phil Poquie, midfield (undecided).

What You Need To Know: It was an auspicious start to the Fords 2013 season, losing three consecutive games to three Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association teams. The Fords were young last year after winning the FAB 50 national championship in 2012, but that youth grew up quick and led the team to the Inter-Ac Invitational title.

Entering 2014 the Fords are the favorite to win the Inter-Ac and should be a team that garners serious consideration for the FAB 50 preseason No. 1 ranking.

Led by StudentSportsLacrosse.com Top 50 player Blynn and four Top 200 players (Ament, Bosak, Odom, Supinski) the Fords boast 17 players already committed to Division I programs. Haverford’s sophomore class is sure to provide depth and talent for the next few years, led by Brendan O’Neill (Johns Hopkins), Tommy McNamara (Notre Dame) and Dox Aitken (Virginia).

The schedule starts with a home game against McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.), which is expected to challenge for a MIAA title this season, followed by defending MIAA champ Loyola-Blakefield (Towson, Md.). The Fords also play St. Paul’s (Brooklandville, Md.) and Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) so they could be considered an honorary MIAA program for the 2014 season. Conference games against defending Inter-Ac champion Malvern Prep (Malvern, Pa.) and Episcopal Academy (Newtown Square, Pa.) in addition to defending PIAA champ La Salle College (Wyndmoor, Pa.) and runner-up Conestoga (Berwyn, Pa.) gives Haverford School one of the more challenging schedules.

Their talent, depth, experience and strength of schedule should make Haverford School a Top 5 team to start the season at worst and a possible No. 1 contender.

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HS Logo_HempfieldTeam: Hempfield (Landisville, Pa.)
Last Year’s Record: 15-6
Last Year’s Finish of Note: League Champion
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 5
Overall Returnees: 22
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 2

Top Seniors: Hayden Miller, midfield (Roanoke); Cullen Dussinge, midfield (Dennison); Zach Wentzel, defense (Roanoke); Christian Durkota, midfield (undecided); Hayden Bryan, midfield (Penn Tech); Nick Griffith, defense (Elizabethtown); Zach Winfield, goalie (Delaware Valley).

Top Juniors: Zach Ward, attack (Cornell); Colin Strange, midfield (Marquette); Dylan Gillisse, midfield (undecided); Sean Valentino, midfield (undecided).

What You Need To Know: Hempfield looks to repeat as league champion and move on to district and PIAA state playoffs. With depth at almost every position the Black Knights should be able to continue their streak of at least 15 wins in each of the last five years.

Five of Hempfield’s six losses last year were by one goal, including a 12-11 overtime loss to Hershey (Hershey, Pa.) to end its season.

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HS Logo_La Salle College HSTeam: La Salle College (Wyndmoor, Pa.)
Last Year’s Record: 20-2
Last Year’s Finish of Note: PIAA Champion
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: No. 8
Returning Starters: 4
Overall Returnees: 15
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 5

Top Seniors: Stephen Hudak, midfield (Brown); Nick Buckley, defense (Bellamire); Colin MacDougal, goalie (undecided); Derek Bitzer, midfield (Goucher).

Top Juniors: Zack Drake, midfield (Lehigh).

What You Need To Know: The Explorers broke Conestoga’s hold on the PIAA championship last season and sported one of the more potent offenses in the nation. With the graduation of Mat Rambo, Jeff Cimbalista and Sean Coleman, La Salle will be young entering 2014.

Head coach Bill Leahy has 402 career victories and helped lead La Salle to at least 20 wins in each of the last nine years with the exception of 2011 when the team went 14-6.

La Salle starts its season with Calvert Hall (Baltimore, Md.) and will also play DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), Malvern Prep (Malvern, Pa.), Hill Academy (Canada), Conestoga, Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.) and St. Augustine Prep (Richland, N.J.).

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HS Logo_Malvern PrepTeam: Malvern Prep (Malvern, Pa.)
Last Year’s Record: 16-2
Last Year’s Finish of Note: Inter-Ac Champion
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: No. 6
Returning Starters:
Overall Returnees:
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 7

Top Seniors: Greg Pelton, defense (Duke); Ryan Hilburn, attack (Boston); Ryder Harkins, LSM (Loyola); Kevin McGeary, midfield (Pennsylvania); Chris Isenberg, defense/LSM (Penn State); Carson Cocco, goalie (Quinnipiac); Tripp Traynor, midfield (Penn State).

Top Juniors: Charles Kelly, face off (North Carolina); Drew Schantz, midfield (Notre Dame).

What You Need To Know: Head Coach John McEvoy enters his second season at the helm (it’s his second stint at the school) after leading the Friars to the Inter-Ac regular season title and a spot in the Inter-Ac Invitational championship game. With StudentSportsLacrosse.com Top 50 player Greg Pelton and a host of seniors heading to Division I programs the Friars are prepared to defend their title.

Last year the team was led by defense and only allowed double-digits in goals twice all year, but stud goalie Matt Barrett (Virginia) graduated along with a few of the defenseman. Cocco returns in goal and Isenberg and Harkins will lead the defense this season.

As usual the Friars boast a challenging schedule that begins with defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A champion Loyola-Blakefield (Towson, Md.) on March 15. Games against the defending Delaware state champion, Salesianum (Wilmington, Del.) and PIAA champ, La Salle College (Wyndmoor, Pa.) all take place by April 1.

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HS Logo_St Josephs PrepTeam: St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Last Year’s Record: 12-8
Last Year’s Finish of Note:
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 7
Overall Returnees: 22
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 9

Top Seniors: Chase Young, midfield (Michigan); Andrew Benedict, defense (Marquette); Pat Walsh, midfield (Navy); Scott Scheuerle, attack (St. Joseph’s); Chuck Goldstein, defense (Air Force); Tom Farag, midfield (undecided); Grant Williams, defense (undecided).

Top Juniors: Mike Marchese, goalie (Notre Dame); Jace Liszka, midfield/face off (Hofstra); Cameron Stephenson, defense (undecided); Stephen Bradley, midfield (undecided); Stephen Tobia, midfield (undecided); Andrew Watts, attack (undecided); Jack Monahan, midfield (undecided).

What You Need To Know: The Hawks return seven starters from a team that finished 12-8 last season. Of their eight losses, the Hawks dropped games to Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association champion Loyola-Blakefield (Towson, Md.), Inter-Ac Invitational champion Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.), Canadian powerhouse Hill Academy, Inter-Ac regular season champ Malvern Prep (Malvern, Pa.) and PIAA champ La Salle College (Wyndmoor, Pa.). That game experience combined with a strong senior class gives the Hawks a strong chance to make a run towards a PIAA title.

Head coach Eric Gregg said the 2014 team is a “great group of guys who have been working hard for four years and set a great example to the younger players.”

An early game against Loyola-Blakefield followed by an April 1 game against Haverford School should be exciting FAB 50 and regional games.

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HS Logo_Upper MerionTeam: Upper Merion (King of Prussia, Pa.)
Last Year’s Record: 8-9
Last Year’s Finish of Note:
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 8
Overall Returnees: 20
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 1
Top Seniors: Joe Mintzer, attack (Catholic); Mikey Zadroga, midfield (Marquette).

Top Juniors: Troy Minnich, goalie (undecided); Steve Ferguson, midfield (undecided); Tyler Thornton, attack (undecided); Spencer Edelman, long-stick midfield (undecided).

What You Need To Know: Head coach Brady McCormick has compiled a 60-43 record in six seasons and with 20 players overall, including eight starters the Vikings appear primed to return to double-digits in wins this season.

 

Team: Cave Spring (Roanoke, Va.)
Last Year’s Record: 10-2
Last Year’s Finish of Note:
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 9
Overall Returnees: 12
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today:

Top Seniors: Bren Huggins, goalie (Virginia Tech); Alex Line, midfield/face off (undecided); Nick Bondurant, attack (undecided); Dillon Lucac, midfield (undecided).

Top Juniors: Davis Perkins, attack (undecided); Spencer Smith, defense (undecided); Cameron Kenny, defense (undecided); Jackson Nye midfield (undecided); Josh Reiter, defense (undecided); Darian Goodrich, midfield (undecided); Brendan Gallagher, defense (undecided); John Webb, midfield (undecided).

What You Need To Know: Cave Spring has experience returning for the 2014 season. Both its offense and defense should be explosive this season and help build upon the program’s 10-2 season.

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Team: Episcopal (Alexandria, Va.)
Last Year’s Record: 8-11
Last Year’s Finish of Note:
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 8
Overall Returnees: 21
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 2

Top Seniors: Rob Young, defense (undecided); Gray Williams, midfield (undecided); Lewis Gaskin, attack (undecided); Jackson Neagli, defense (undecided); John Shouse, defense (undecided); Ford Ainslie, midfield (undecided).

Top Juniors: Timmy Phillips, midfield (Notre Dame); Jon Ober, defense (Denver); Brooks Davy, attack (undecided); Quinn Lyerly, attack (undecided); Nate Craine, attack (undecided); Quinn Ainslie, defense (undecided); Cooper Gage, midfield (undecided).

What You Need To Know: Of Episcopal’s 11 losses last season only two were by a significant margin. The Maroon lost seven games by five goals or less and with 21 overall returnees, including eight starters should be a threat in the IAC and Virginia Independent School playoffs this season. Head coach Scott Conklin has compiled a 75-67 career record in eight seasons and has a talented junior class led by Phillips and Ober.

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HS Logo_LangleyTeam: Langley (McLean, Va.)
Last Year’s Record: 13-7
Last Year’s Finish of Note:
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 5
Overall Returnees: 24
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 1

Top Seniors: JT Meyer, attack (Kenyon); Billy Orme, attack (Wagner); Hunter Yates, defense (Washington & Lee); Sean Kacur, mdfield (undecided); Will Carbaugh, midfield (undecided).

Top Juniors: Tyler West, midfield (undecided); Weston Simonides, attack (undecided); Peter Bourgeois, defense (undecided).

What You Need To Know: The Saxons return strength at attack with seniors Meyer and Orme and junior Simonides and sophomore Jon-Michael Duley.
Sophomore goalie Patrick Dunne started five games as a freshman including two regional playoff games. Langley has great speed at midfield with West and Kacur.

Regional games against Broadneck (Annapolis, Md.) and Chantilly (Chantilly, Va.) will be key for the Saxons regional ranking and a game against Bellevue (Bellevue, Wash.) will be a key game for the national picture.

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HS Logo_Paul VITeam: Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.)
Last Year’s Record: 20-4
Last Year’s Finish of Note: WCAC and VISAA Runner-up
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: No. 23
Returning Starters: 4
Overall Returnees: 20
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 10

Top Seniors: Steven Hillenbrand, LSM (Rutgers); Kevin Hagan, midfield (undecided).

Top Juniors: Ryan O’Connor, midfield (North Carolina); Ryan Lamb, midfield (Virginia); Troy Jahelka, LSM (Navy); Andrew Garstka, attack/midfield (undecided); Lane Grimes, attack/midfield (undecided); Luke Brugel, midfield/face off (undecided); Patrick Gyenis, LSM (undecided); Michael Stettler, LSM (undecided).

What You Need To Know: Paul VI took a big step towards national recognition last season under first-year head coach Bob Waters. The Panthers defeated IAC power Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda, Md.) early in the year and defeated conference rival DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) twice en route to reaching the championship games in both the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and the VISAA. While they lost both title games, the Panthers four losses were by a combined 11 goals.

Hillebrand (5) and Hagan (19) were both rated as top players in Virginia by StudentSportsLacrosse.com and their senior leadership will be crucial this season after PVI graduated 16 seniors (six starters). The Panthers may experience some growing pains this year, while four freshman who are expected to see playing time along with returning varsity players and transfers attempt to find right team chemistry.

The Panthers have four freshman that are expected to see time on varsity this spring with three of them likely to have immediate front line impact roles: Roman Puglise (midfield), Jackson Smith (midfield); Danny Kielbasa (attack/midfield) and Emmett Kemble (midfield/face off). All four have already received Division I interest.

PVI’s young, inexperienced squad will be tested early with out of conference games against Mount St. Joseph (Baltimore, Md.), Georgetown Prep, Landon (Bethesda, Md.) and St Paul’s (Brooklandville, Md.) prior to key WCAC and VISAA conference games.

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St Stephens & St AgnesTeam: St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Alexandria, Va.)
Last Year’s Record: 18-6
Last Year’s Finish of Note: IAC Co-Champions (playoff champion)
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: No. 17
Returning Starters: 6
Overall Returnees: 17
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 3

Top Seniors: John Aversa, attack (Penn); Jones Veith, attack (Washington & Lee); Nate Archer, midfield (Cornell); Drew Altizer, midfield (Amherst); Nick Cargas, LSM (Denison); Joe Kenna, Defense (UNC); Graham Lian, Defense (Colby); Sam Cloud, D/D-mid (Washington College).

Top Juniors: Drew Wiseman, midfield (undecided); Zach Phan, goalie (undecided).

What You Need To Know: The Saints finished the 2013 season playing their best lacrosse of the year, winning six straight games and posting wins over Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda, Md.), Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.) and Landon (Bethesda, Md.).

The defending IAC champions return its core of defense and its second and third leading scorers from last season. Kenna and Archer are among StudentSportsLacrosse.com Top 50 players and with Aversa leading the attack head coach Any Taibl has a great core of senior leaders to rely on this season.

The battle for the best of D.C. begins with the first game of the year on March 8 when the St. Stephen’s travels to play Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.). Interesting inter-regional games against Bellevue (Bellevue, Wash.) and St. Ignatius Prep (San Francisco, Calif.) will be must-watch games for FAB 50 voters and the conference games against Landon and Georgetown Prep late in the year will decide the IAC regular season champ and which team may hold the advantage in the playoffs.

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HS Logo_Woodberry ForestTeam: Woodberry Forest (Woodberry Forest, Va.)
Last Year’s Record: 13-5
Last Year’s Finish of Note: VISAA Semifinalist
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 6
Overall Returnees: 25
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 3

Top Seniors: Vance Spilman, defense (Furman); JP Connell, LSM/defense (undecided); James Hewell, attack (undecided); Todd Fedyck, midfield (Denver).

Top Juniors: Patrick Shea, midfield (Richmond); Tiger Ripley, attack/midfield (undecided); Wylie Mendicino, face off (undecided); Nate Ingram, midfield (undecided).

What You Need To Know: Woodberry Forest is a consistent player in Virginia and always a team that gets highlighted in the preseason as a potential FAB 50 team. This year is no different with six starters returning from a team that reached the VISAA semifinals last season before falling to eventual champion (and IAC champion) St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Alexandria, Va.).

Depth will be an asset for the Tigers and will be led by two StudentSportsLacrosse.com Southeast Region top players: Spilman and Fedyck. Games against Kent Denver (Denver, Colo.), Episcopal (Alexandria, Va.), Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.) and St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Alexandria, Va.) will be the determining games as to where they fall in the FAB 50 and East Region Rankings.

 

Updated: February 11, 2014

6 Comments

  1. Brian Goldberg

    February 11, 2014 at 10:22 am

    It’s FREIBOTT not feibott. Great article though.

    • mloveday

      February 11, 2014 at 11:30 am

      I am sorry. Fixing it now.

  2. Byron Hutchinson

    February 11, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    I like reading your post but I am curious as to how you went with Hempfield over Manheim Towhship in the PA school listing. Manheim Township had the better overall record an despite losing to Hempfield in the league championship, won the District championship. #localrivalry

    • mloveday

      February 11, 2014 at 5:30 pm

      It’s not a matter of choosing them over. I wasn’t able to reach every coach of every school. Some coaches got back. Many schools were chosen based on previous FAB 50 history. Had to make a limit so I could get the information out to voters last week.

  3. downintown east

    February 11, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    what no love for DEast?
    they played St Joes, Stoga and GV in the Fall and did very well against them.

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