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Philly boys’ high school lacrosse previews: Downingtown West, Downingtown East, Bishop Shanahan, Avon Grove

Tuesday, 27th March 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School, Posted 3/27/12

This is one of a series of previews for the 2012 Philly lacrosse season

Downingtown West High School

Coach: Tommy Hannum, 9th season

Last Year’s Record/Accomplishments: 20-3, Chesmont League Champion, District 1 semi-finalist

Key Returnees:
Tyler McWilliams, senior attack, 2011 all league
Dylan Ikkala, senior attack, 2011 all league
Eric Rankel, senior middie, 2011 all state, all league
Tyler Keen, junior middie, 2011 all league
Zach Barr, senior middie, 2011 all league
Evan Muntz, senior middie, 2011 all league
Jared Wolf, junior long stick middie, 2011 all league
Mike Paoline, junior close defense, 2011 all league.

Key Newcomers:
Juniors Mike Peppelmann, Teddy Varano, Matt Logan and Justin Halpern, at attack; seniors Sam Beneke, Ryan Hibbs, Peter Karol, Jim Breitmayer, Sean Goodrich, and juniors Sean Higgins, Evan Wolf, Sean Souder at middie; seniors Jimmy Renaud, Max Carroll, Logan Richter, and juniors Nick Caruso, Max Ajemian, Will Flanagan, Jake McMillan at defense. Senior goalie Alex Cuttic is expected to make the stops in net for the Whippets 2012 campaign, backed by junior Alex Ataiifar and freshman Carson White.

Outlook for 2012: “If West stays focused, healthy, and wins the regular season games they are supposed to, then they will compete for league honors again in 2012 and a top seed in the state tournament coming out of District 1.”

Downingtown East High School

Coach: Todd Cliggett, 2nd year

Last Year’s Record: 13-6

Key Returnees:
Brandyn O’Connell, Attack – 1st team All-Chestmont
Aaron Murphy, Attack – 1st team All-Chestmont
Kevin Clarke, FOGO – 1st team All-Chestmont
Kyle Lauletta, Midfield – 2nd team All-Chestmont
Ryan Poole, Midfield
Stevie Adams, Midfield
Scott Allison, Defense
Riley Wilson, Defense
Kyle Mann, Defense
Sam Weiss, Goalie

Key Newcomers:
Kevin Meakim, Attack
Jake Peden, Defense

Coach’s Outlook for 2012 season: “After a disappointing ending to the season last year, the boys worked very hard in the off-season. They are determined and committed to have a great year. We are really looking forward to the start of the season.”

Bishop Shanahan

Coach: Jon Heisman, 3rd year

Last Year’s Record/Accomplishments: 14-5 Won 1st Round District game vs. Methacton 7-1 Lost to CB East 10-6 in 2nd Round

Key Returnees:
Chris Panichelli defense 1st team All-Chest-Mont Drexel Commit
Joe McErlane midfield 1st team All-Chest-Mont St. Joe’s commit,
Dylan Alderman midfield
John Mehok attack
Matt Bray attack
Eric Gianetti midfield

Key Newcomers:
John Weinstein defense soph
Sean McErlane midfield soph
Sam Gindhart goalie freshman
Matt Lenge midfield soph

Outlook for 2012: “We are a very young talented team that wants to be competitive in all areas.”

Avon Grove

Last Year’s Record/Accomplishments: 17-4 finished 3rd in Ches-Mont, 6th in district 1

Name of Coach & Number of years at school: Eric Jackson, 12th year

Key returnees (name, pos, key stats/honors):
Brendan Fabian (M), senior (Drexel), first team All-ChesMont.
Matt King (LSM), junior (uncommitted), 1st team All-ChesMont, 2012 All-State.
Tanner Peck (M/A), sophomore (Penn State), 2nd team All-ChesMont.

Key newcomers (name, pos): Will Schreiner (Goalie), Kyle Smith (M/A), David Cyron (D), Joey Malone (M), Brendan McNicholas (D), Danny Norris (D), Ryan Cook (A), Eric Russo (M), Ryan Amanto (M)
Outlook for 2012: “Our goal is work hard, improve every day and remain committed to each other on and off the field.”

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