By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/2/09
Both are senior defenders who have played with each other since sixth graders in the Brandywine Youth Lacrosse Club. They have grown up playing lacrosse alongside each other through Patton Middle School and Unionville High and the Duke’s Lacrosse Club, and they chose to become roommates at Lynchburg College.
Gill and Lisicky – both first-team All-Ches-Mont League picks last year – narrowed their college choices to perennial Division III national champion Salisbury and Lynchburg, also a Top 20 team.
Lisicky made his commitment in the fall and Gill later followed suit.
“In September he took his official visit, and he committed the next day,” said Gill, who plans to enter the field of sports management. “We talked about it and realized we could have an impact as freshmen so I decided to commit to Lynchburg.”
Lisicky said he spoke with Lynchburg freshman Dylan Hoff, a Downingtown East graduate, when he visited.
“It was pretty exciting when Jon committed,” said Lisicky, who will study business. “When I went down there, I talked to Dylan and he said he really liked it. I really liked the coach (Steve Koudelka), and he played for the (now-defunct New Jersey) Pride and he seemed to know what he was talking about.
“Plus, the first is right in the middle of the campus.”
Lisicky said he and Gill have been successful playing together because they know where the other will be and what the other can do.
“We always know where to go for our slides and we know when to double-team,” he said. “We have a really good relationship. We always play together in the summer, too.”
Unionville finished third in the Ches-Mont League (known as the Suburban League) last season, but Lisicky feels the Indians can challenge two-time defending champion Downingtown East for the title and make waves in the first District 1 tournament.
“I think we have what it takes,” he said. “We’ve had a hard off-season and we worked out a lot. We’ll see how it goes. I think we’ll look to go pretty far in the tournament and if we get a high enough ranking we can have a goal to go to the state playoffs.”
“We need to focus on playing one game at a time,” added Gill. “Hopefully, we can focus on our league first and then districts.”