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National High School Boys Lacrosse: “ESPN Rise” Ranks “Top 50” High School Boys Lacrosse Players With New York (18), Maryland (13) And Pennsylvania (10) The Top Three States Represented And Colorado, Minnesota And Texas As The Only Western States With One Each


ESPN RISE breaks down the Top 50 High School Boys Lacrosse Players by state: New York (18), Maryland (13), Pennsylvania (10), Connecticut (2), Massachusetts (2), Colorado (1), Delaware (1), Minnesota (1), Ohio (1) and Texas (1)

 

1. David Solomon, Salisbury School (Salisbury, Conn.)
Position (Position Rank): Attack (1)
College Choice: Maryland

2. Lyle Thompson, Salmon River (Fort Covington, N.Y.)
Position (Position Rank): Midfield (1)
College Choice: Albany

3. Ryan Tucker, Gilman (Baltimore, Md.)
Position (Position Rank):
Midfield (2)
College Choice: Virginia

4. Jimmy Bitter, Deerfield Academy (Deerfield, Mass.)
Position (Position Rank): Attack (2)
College Choice:  North Carolina

5. Wells Stanwick, Boys’ Latin (Baltimore, Md.)
Position (Position Rank): 
Attack (3)
College Choice: Johns Hopkins

6. Stephen Jahelka, Garden City (Garden City, N.Y.)
Position (Position Rank):
Defense (1)
College Choice: Harvard

7. Goran Murray, Haverford (Haverford, Pa.)
Position (Position Rank):
Long Stick Midfielder (1)
College Choice: Maryland

8. Thomas Grimm, Carthage (Carthage, N.Y.)
Position (Position Rank):
Midfielder (3)
College Choice: Syracuse

9. Joe Sankey, Penn Charter (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Position (Position Rank): 
Attack (4)
College Choice: North Carolina

10. Jake Gambitsky, Wantagh (Wantagh, N.Y.)
Position (Position Rank): Goalie (1)
College Choice: Harvard

11. Matt Walters, Haverford (Haverford, Pa.)
Position (Position Rank):
Midfield (4)
College Choice: Syracuse

12. Myles Jones, Walt Whitman (Huntington Station, N.Y.)
Position (Position Rank):
Midfield (5)
College Choice: Duke

13. Ryan Kilpatrick, Salesianum (Wilmington, Del.)
Position (Position Rank):
Long Stick Midfielder (2)
College Choice: North Carolina

14. Mike Daniello, John Jay (Cross River, N.Y.)
Position (Position Rank): 
Attack (5)
College Choice: Johns Hopkins

15. Brian Sullivan, Bishop Timon-St. Jude (Buffalo, N.Y.)
Position (Position Rank):
Defense (2)
College Choice: North Carolina

16. Kevin Forster, La Salle College HS (Wyndmoor, Pa.)
Position (Position Rank): 
Attack (6)
College Choice: Maryland

17. Jeff Chase, Boys’ Latin (Baltimore, Md.)
Position (Position Rank):
Midfield (6)
College Choice: Loyola

18. Brian Dailey, Conestoga (Berwyn, Pa.)
Position (Position Rank):
Long Stick Midfielder (3)
College Choice: Duke

19. Bobby Gribbin, Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda, Md.)
Position (Position Rank):
Midfield (7)
College Choice: Penn State

20. Kyle Bernlohr, Western Reserve Academy, (Hudson, Ohio)
Position (Position Rank):
Goalie (2)
College Choice: Maryland

21. Jay Carlson, St. Paul’s (Brooklandville, Md.)
Position (Position Rank): 
Attack (7)
College Choice: Maryland

22. Brendan DeTommaso, Chaminade, (Mineola, N.Y.)
Position (Position Rank): 
Attack (8)
College Choice: Princeton

23. Tyler German, Queen Anne’s (Centreville, Md.)
Position (Position Rank): Midfield (8)
College Choice: Virginia

24. Greg Danseglio, St. Anthony’s (South Huntington, N.Y.)
Position (Position Rank):
Defense (3)
College Choice: Virginia

25. Matt Shannon, Ridgefield (Ridgefield, Conn.)
Position (Position Rank):
Long Stick Midfielder (4)
College Choice: North Carolina

26. Logan Connolly, St. Mary’s, (Annapolis, Md.)
Position (Position Rank): 
Attack (9)
College Choice: Notre Dame

27. Brendan McGrath, Haverford (Haverford, Pa.)
Position (Position Rank):
Midfield (9)
College Choice: Princeton

28. Joseph LoCascio, St. Anthony’s (South Huntington, N.Y.)
Position (Position Rank):
Midfield (10)
College Choice: Maryland

29. Kellen Miller, Landon (Potomac, Md.)
Position (Position Rank):
Long Stick Midfielder (5)
College Choice: Maryland

30. Richard O’Neill, Unionville (Kennett Square, Pa.)
Position (Position Rank):
Long Stick Midfielder (6)
College Choice: Undecided

31. Carl Walrath, Haverford (Haverford, Pa.)
Position (Position Rank): 
Attack (10)
College Choice: Virginia

32. Conor Kelly, Haverford (Haverford, Pa.)
Position (Position Rank):
Goalie (3)
College Choice: Notre Dame

33. Eric Chadderdon, Hamburg (Hamburg, N.Y.)
Position (Position Rank):
Defense (4)
College Choice: Ohio State

34. Brian Fischer, Garden City (Garden City, N.Y.)
Position (Position Rank):
Defense (5)
College Choice: Harvard

35. Will Mazzone, Ward Melville (East Setauket, N.Y.)
Position (Position Rank): Attack (11)
College Choice: Army

36. Will Walker, Phillips Andover (Scituate, Mass.)
Position (Position Rank): 
Attack (12)
College Choice: Harvard

37. Patrick Keena, Landon (Bethesda, Md.)
Position (Position Rank): 
Attack (13)
College Choice: Navy

38. Brandon Mullins, Coppell (Coppell, Texas)
Position (Position Rank):
Long Stick Midfielder (7)
College Choice: Syracuse

39. Jack Bogorowski, LaSalle (Wyndmoor, Pa.)
Position (Position Rank):
Midfield (11)
College Choice: Johns Hopkins

40. Corey Dobyns, Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda, Md.)
Position (Position Rank): 
Attack (14)
College Choice: Undecided

41. Bob Wardwell, Shenendehowa (Clifton Park, N.Y.)
Position (Position Rank):
Goalie (4)
College Choice: Syracuse

42. Kyle Keenan, Smithtown West (Smithtown, N.Y.)
Position (Position Rank): 
Attack (15)
College Choice: Duke

43. Mike Pellegrino, Connetquot (Bohemia, N.Y.)
Position (Position Rank):
Defense (6)
College Choice: Johns Hopkins

44. Mitch Hugdahl, Eden Prairie (Eden Prairie, Minn.)
Position (Position Rank): Midfield (12)
College Choice: Georgetown

45. Taylor Michel, St. Paul’s (Brooklandville, Md.)
Position (Position Rank): 
Attack (16)
College Choice: Virginia

46. Bryson Greene, McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.)
Position (Position Rank):
Defense (7)
College Choice: Georgetown

47. John Kelly, Bullis (Potomac, Md.)
Position (Position Rank): 
Defense (8)
College Choice: Johns Hopkins

48. Tanner Ottenbreit, Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.)
Position (Position Rank): 
Defense (9)
College Choice: Virginia

49. Sean Mahon, Chaminade (Mineola, N.Y.)
Position (Position Rank): 
Midfield (13)
College Choice: Harvard

50. Brandon Gamblin, Hicksville (N.Y.)
Position (Position Rank): 
Midfield (14)
College Choice: Massachusetts

Southern California High School Boys Lacrosse Recruiting: San Clemente Boys Lacrosse Middie Bennett Jonas Commits To Play For Ohio State


San Clemente High’s Bennett Jonas is on his way to a big first for the Tritons. A junior this year, he’s a productive member of the varsity football team, and an elite area player when lacrosse season hits come spring. And his talents in lacrosse are taking him where no other local kid has ever gone before—playing the sport on full-ride scholarship for a Division 1 school.

On October 29, Jonas gave a verbal commitment to play lacrosse at Ohio State University under head coach Nick Myers. The Buckeyes were one of several top collegiate programs—including Denver, Syracuse, Stony Brook, Bucknell, Notre Dame, Cornell and Virginia—that had been courting Jonas for the last year.

“It really came down to Ohio State and Syracuse for me,” Jonas said. “I committed early because most lacrosse programs fill their rosters by the end of a player’s junior year, and Ohio State is where I want to be at that next level.

“I’m 100 percent with my commitment to the Buckeyes,” he said. “I don’t think anyone else will sway me from Ohio State.”

Triton lacrosse head coach Glen Miles (left) and Bennett Jonas.

Jonas, a midfielder, says he’s not being recruited to play any other sports, save for the occasional letter that taps his interest in playing football in college.

“I have no real interest in playing football at the next level,” he said. “I have every intention of signing my letter of intent to play lacrosse for Ohio State when I’m allowed to do so at the end of my junior year.”

It’s rare for lacrosse programs to look west seeking its next crop of players, as most elite schools are located in the eastern part of the country. For Jonas, this commitment is not only a huge honor, but puts California on the map as a legitimate recruiting pool.

“It’s awesome being the first player to go D1 for lacrosse from San Clemente,” he said. “It’s getting our name out there in the lacrosse world, and it’s awesome that schools are starting to recruit from the west coast. And depending on how I do, it could really open some doors for west coast players, so I’m really excited about that.”

As a sophomore playing for Triton head coach Glen Miles, Jonas totaled 30 goals missing half the season after sustaining a broken humerus.

“I think my strengths are my breakaway speed, my size—coaches love that—and my ability to make plays,” he said. “I know I need to work on my left-hand skills and getting better with the stick overall at the next level.”

He reports a 3.25 GPA and says he’ll take the PSAT for the first time on November 20.

Read more: San Clemente Times – A Triton First

Southern California High School Girls Lacrosse: Agoura High School Annouces Varsity Girls Lacrosse Program To Compete In CIF Sanctioned Schedule


Like the boys’ lacrosse team before them, the girls’ team was approved as a pilot program for the next three years. Parents will be responsible for the financial support of the team. They estimate the cost will run between $28,000 and $30,000 per year.

The girls at Agoura High School just want what the boys have—at least when it comes to fielding a lacrosse team.

The boys’ lacrosse team, approved as a varsity sport at Agoura High by the Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education last spring, apparently

Agoura High School will have a female lacrosse team ready to compete in the spring. A boys’ varsity lacrosse team was approved by the school board last spring. Now the girls will be able to compete “like any other varsity team at the school,” according to Rob Fiance, who spearheaded formation of the boys

served as a model—and motivation—for the girls. The female lacrosse team won approval from the school board on Oct. 12.

Board approval means that Agoura High School now has an official California Interscholastic Federation girls’ lacrosse team ready to compete in the spring.

“I’m very excited that (my) last year in high school I’ll be able to represent my school and community in lacrosse,” said Agoura High senior and lacrosse team captain Beth Maiman.

“As far as (girls’ lacrosse) being approved, it’s important for boys and girls to have the opportunity to play because it’s the fastest growing sport in the country right now.”

She said she was grateful to all the people who supported the team, including the school board, Agoura High officials and parents.

Rob Fiance, the man behind the formation of Agoura High’s boys’ lacrosse team, said that the girls will now be able to compete like any other varsity team at the school.

Fiance has been pushing for local high school lacrosse teams since 2001, when he formed a club league with other like-minded parents, including Mike Spagnoli, Jim Felber and Geoff Sebold. He said that they all grew up back east where the sport was wildly popular.

 “The goal was always to start with a youth league, then a club sport and then varsity,” Fiance said.

Like the boys’ lacrosse team before them, the girls’ team was approved as a pilot program for the next three years. Parents will be responsible for the financial support of the team. They estimate the cost will run between $28,000 and $30,000 per year.

More important than the cost, which will be supported by frequent fundraisers, is the chance for the girls to compete on a regional scale with other high school teams. Fiance said most high schools, including Thousand Oaks, Westlake, Oak Park and schools in Simi Valley, have successful lacrosse teams for boys and girls.

Fiance described lacrosse as “fast-moving, with a lot of scoring.” He said the game is exciting and “action packed” because the ball is thrown and caught with a stick. Because lacrosse demands a lot of passing and teamwork, the sport encourages heartfelt camaraderie, he said.

Rob Fiance’s wife, Beth, said that the sport requires a lot of finesse and speed. “Kids love it,” she said. “They use their whole body.” But girls’ lacrosse differs in terms of physical contact with teammates, which means less protective gear is needed during play.

So far, there are 22 girls on Agoura High’s first girls’ lacrosse team, she said.

Rob Fiance said that organizing the girls’ team has taken a lot of time, but they have received tremendous support from administrators.

Agoura High School Principal Larry Misel said that if a need arises for a new program at the school, he will do his best to fulfill the need.

“It’s about the kids,” Misel said. “We want to be supportive. I’m proud that the girls want to be competitive.”

For more:   http://www.theacorn.com/news/2010-11-11/Schools/Agoura_will_have_girls_lacrosse.html