Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/24/12
Courtesy of PAC-10sports.com
This is one of a series of previews for the 2012 Philly lacrosse season
Coach: Kevin Donnelly (9th season)
2011 Record: 20-4 overall, 14-0 PAC-10 regular season, PAC-10 champions, beating Boyertown 9-2 in semifinals and two-time defending league champion Owen J. Roberts 20-13 in finals; Advanced to district quarterfinals
Top Returnees/players to watch: attack Zack Monzo (43G), attack Paul Major (73G, 20A, 2nd team all-league), midfielder Justin Kelly (8G, 4A, 60% face-off success), defenseman Ian Hare (110 ground balls, 2nd team all-league)
Kevin Donnelly’s comments: “The team is working hard and looking forward to a successful season.”
Coach: Andy Wagner (9th season)
2011 Record: 10-7 overall, 7-7 PAC-10
Top returnees/players to watch: Ryan Boyd-A/M(1st team PAC 10 Midfield), Sean Tornetta-Attack, Jamie Klementisz-Attack, Zane and Brady Himsworth-Midfield, Shawn Dickey-Midfield, Mike Demedio- Defense, JR Wolsky-Defense, Bryce Womack-Goalie.
Coach Andy Wagner’s comments: “After graduating 15 seniors, we will be looking for new players to step into major roles of the game. Our mentality is to start fast and finish strong. Team goals include competing for postseason play.”
Coach: Fred Michaels (first season)
2011 Record: 6-12 overall, 3-11 PAC-10
Top returnees/players to watch: D.J. Ludy (Senior Midfield); Danny Michaels (Senior Midfield/Attack); Matt Natale (Senior Attack); Steve Ambs (Senior Goalie/Midfield); Ben MacLukie (Senior Defense); Riley Michels (Sophomore Midfield/Attack); Eric MacCleary (Sophomore Attack)
Coach Fred Michaels comments: “We are, for the most part, a young team searching for our identity. Although we have a number of experienced seniors, we still need to find that team chemistry and balance necessary to be competitive in the league. Defensively, we are young and need to rebuild. Offensively, we have some promising midfield and attack players in Matt Natale, Danny Michaels, D.J. Ludy, Matt Cimino, Riley Michaels and Eric MacCleary.
“This will be a challenging and exciting year for us. Our goals are simple; to build on last season’s wins while learning and improving from our losses. We hope to come out of the gate with a different approach to how Pottsgrove plays lacrosse. We want to prove to ourselves as well as the league that Pottsgrove lacrosse can be competitive.”
Coach: Nathanael Ryan, 3rd season
2011 Record: 10-4 league, 13-8 overall -Fell in the PAC-10 Final Four Semifinals to Owen J. Roberts 12-11 and lost opening round District 1 Playoff game to Bishop Shanahan, 7-1
Key losses to graduation: Cody Ridgway (All-League), Sean Aronow, Clay Sobocinski, Eli Miller(All-League), Sam McAdoo (All-League), Scott Markle (All-League, DPOY), Anthony DeSana (All-League), Ryan Murphy (All-League)
Players to watch
Brian Vawter (Sr. Attack), Will Johnson (Sr. Midfield), Colin Pauline (Sr. Midfield), Peter Alloway (Sr. Midfield), Gabe Ferraro (Sr. LSM, 2ndTeam All-League), Zach Roumaya (Jr. Close Defense), Andrew DeSana (Soph. Close Defense)
Coach Nate Ryan’s comments: “The year 2011 saw the program’s first District Playoff appearance, as well as the departure of a talented Senior class including six all league players with four on the 1st team and the Defensive Player of the Year (Scott Markle).
“We have most of our experience at the midfield and defensive positions. We return three players on the defensive side of the ball with starting experience (Gabe Ferraro LSM, Zach Roumaya Close-Defense, Andrew DeSana Close-Defense) and a number of midfielders with a wealth of experience (Will Johnson, Peter Alloway, Colin Pauline, Matt McClay). At attack we have three new starters and we hope to find a mix of guys that will jell together and we have good competition to fill the Goalie position vacated by graduation.
“Our overall outlook is to be competitive in a challenging non-league schedule (Great Valley, Avon Grove, Lower Merion, Emmaus) and put ourselves in a position to challenge for a PAC-10 Final four spot. We have a good deal of athleticism and talent and are excited about the challenges ahead.”