Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/26/09
Senior midfielder Tom Manes (Archbishop Ryan) and freshman attacker Charles Holenstein (Downingtown West) are expected to play key roles for the St. John’s men team this year.
Manes is considered one of the fastest players on the team and is the three-time defending champion of the team’s fitness competition. He has started 31 of 38 games in his career and has amassed 23 goals and 22 assists. Last year he had four goals and six assists and scooped up 15 groundballs.
Holenstein has impressed as a newcomer after a big senior year in high school when he earned Ches-Mont League MVP and All-Phillylacrosse.com honorable mention selection. In four years at Downingtown West, he piled up 128 goals and 57 assists for 185 points.
St. John’s, competing in the ECAC for the last year before it moves to the Big East, has posted a 2-5 conference record the past two seasons. Last season the Red Storm finished just 2-11 overall, but won two of their final four games and showed much improvement.
“Coming out of last year, no one was satisfied with our season,” said St. John’s coach Jason Miller. “We don’t feel like it was representative of where we are at as a program. This year we have to step up and start winning games.”
Also on the roster is junior midfielder Marco Massaro (Friends’ Central).