By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/23/10
Recent Abington graduate Jesse McGinley (goaltender) will play Division III lacrosse at Widener University.
McGinley was a First Team Suburban One National Conference pick in 2010 for a Ghosts team that claimed its fourth straight conference crown with an undefeated league mark. McGinley, who played club lacrosse for LB3, was a member of the National Honor Society.
At Widener, he will join two Ghosts from this year’s senior class – midfielder Jeff Tepel and defenseman Paul Beger – as well as former Ghosts Johnny Casey (attackman), Nate Meyer (attackman) and Mike Vandegrift (midfielder).
McGinley will major in Criminal Justice.
“I choose Widener because it offered a lot of benefits that I couldn’t resist,” McGinley said. “My home is very close to Widener and the coaching staff couldn’t be any better as each of them motivates every player to work hard.
“The head coach, Jamie Lockard, has a reputation as a great coach and as a person. He sets high expectations and goals on each player. I played with a lot of players/friends that play for Widener already, through youth league teams, club teams, and my high school team. They are all very good and that was big part in choosing Widener.”
McGinley said he has fond memories of the 2010 season. The Ghosts went 19-4 and placed fourth in District 1 before suffering a heartbreaking 11-10 loss to rival Abington in the first round of the state tournament. In that game, McGinley was a standout, making
“When I look back upon my lacrosse career I am pretty pleased with some of the things I accomplished,” he said. “My coach Randy McNeil stressed the fact that respect is earned and going undefeated in our league and winning against some tough teams gave us respect.
“The preview of Abington for 2010 said that we were going to have a high caliber offense, but not a good defense. I was offended when they said that because I knew that our defense could be just as good as our offense; it was just a matter of playing together as a team.
“I just took this as motivation to prove to everyone that Abington would have a great defense. Our senior class took the leadership role and had a talk with the team. We needed to work together if we were going to have a successful season and a chance to win a state championship. After that my team started playing great and I don’t regret anything.”