Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/28/08
Numerous Philadelphia men’s players and teams were recently highlighted by Inside Lacrosse in its preview of Fall Ball season.
These were mentioned:
Key Sophomores to Watch: Face-off specialist Matt Dolente (Malvern Prep, Johns Hopkins), who was named the Outstanding Midfielder in helping Team USA win the Under-19 World championship.
Top Defensemen in Division I: Returning All-American and junior Ken Clausen (Hill School, Virginia) and senior P.T. Ricci (Conestoga, Loyola).
Top Junior College Transfers: Drexel goalie Andy Lamb (from Onondoga Community College, Syracuse, N.Y.) may have the task of replacing standout Bruce Bickford.
Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List: Clausen, who is known for his big hits and also plays the wing on face-offs.
Breakout Players Watch List: Penn sophomores Corey Winkoff (led Ivy League with 23 assists last year) and Al Kohart (19 goals).
Keys for defending National Champion Syracuse: Transfers Scott Kahoe (Radnor, midfield) from Georgetown and John Lade (defense) from Villanova.
Possible New Starters at National Runner-up Johns Hopkins: Senior midfielder Brian Christopher (Springfield-Delco) and sophomore attacker Kyle Wharton (Haverford School).
Other Teams to Watch: Lehigh, coached by Philadelphia Barrage player Kevin Cassese.
Returning Players: Penn State redshirt freshman attacker Jack Forster (La Salle), a top 2007 recruit who should be fully recovered from season-ending knee surgery sustained in last year’s Fall Ball campaign.
Top Fall Ball Tournaments: Second Annual Nick Colleluori Classic, Oct. 11, Ridley High. The tourney, which raises money for blood cancer research, features six Philly teams (St. Joseph’s, Penn, Villanova, Cabrini, Haverford College, Widener), three regional teams (Princeton, Lehigh, Penn State) and four other Division I squads (Bellarmine, Hofstra, Maryland, Loyola). The event is named after the Ridley and Hofstra standout, who passed away two years ago after a relentless fight against non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.