By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/13/08
Five of the top 50 rising seniors in the Inside Lacrosse boys’ rankings are from Philadelphia schools.
The list, released today, includes La Salle long-stick midfielder/defender Tyler Knarr (No. 9), Haverford School goalie Dan Wigrizer (No. 14), La Salle defender Tucker Durkin (No. 23), La Salle goalie Niko Amato (No. 38) and Malvern Prep defender Billy Conners (No. 40).
Knarr, Durkin and Amato are members of an Explorers team that went 31-2, won the Catholic League and Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association (EPSLA) the Keystone Cup (state) championships.
Knarr, an All-American and a first-team All-Phillylacrosse.com pick, missed the final month and a half of the season after undergoing surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament. Before then, he won 70 percent of his face-offs and was a dominant force at midfield for the Explorers. Kanarr has verbally committed to Georgetown.
Wigrizer, an All-American and all-EPSLA choice, led the Fords to a second-place finish in the powerful Inter-Ac League and into the semifinals of the EPSLA tournament. A second-team All-Phillylacrosse.com pick, he has committed to Duke.
Both Knarr and Wigrizer are the top-rated players at their positions.
Durkin, the top defender on La Salle’s stingy defense, was an All-American and All-EPSLA choice as well as a first-team All-Phillylacrosse.com pick. He recently rescinded his verbal commitment to Bucknell and is also considering Duke, Johns Hopkins and Penn State, according to La Salle coach Bill Leahy.
Amato, an All-American and all-EPSLA pick, was the Phillylacrosse.com Player of the Year and earned EPSLA tourney MVP honors for her brilliant work in the playoffs. he has committed to Maryland.
Conners led the Friars to the Inter-Ac League crown and a berth in the EPSLA finals. He was an All-American and all-EPSLA choice as well as a second-team All-Phillylacrosse.com choice. He has committed to Duke.