Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/3/13
Phillylacrosse.com analyzes local players that are playing on Division I teams ranked in the Face-Off Yearbook Top 20.
Today we spotlight players on the teams ranked 11 to 20. for players on teams in the top 10, click here.
11 – Colgate – Freshman attackman-midfielder Eric Foote (Hill School) is looking for time.
12 – UMass – Senior attackman Colin Fleming (St. Joseph’s Prep, 26G) is a key returnee while sophomore attackman-midfielder Chas Robino (Tower Hill) and sophomore midfielder Vince Travaglini (Malvern Prep) are vying for time.
13 – Princeton – The Tigers have some young Philly talent in sophomores Brendan McGrath (midfielder) and Alex Beatty (defenseman), both of Haverford School; and freshmen Steffen Gratch (attackman) and Matt O’Connor (goalie) of Lawrenceville School as well as freshman Ryan Ambler (attackman) of Abington. Senior attackman Luke Armour (Lawrenceville School) could be a big contributor and junior attackman Owen Knights (Lawrenceville School) is vying for time.
14 – Syracuse – The Orangemen feature sophomore midfielder Matt Walters (Haverford School), who emerged last year as a key on the EMO line; and red-shirt freshman defenseman Bobby Tait (Germantown Academy), who sat out the year while recovering from knee surgery. Redshirt junior goalie Matt Lerman (Episcopal Academy) is trying to win back a starting spot.
15 – Penn State – The Lions return a host of key Philly products, including junior AA goalie Austin Kaut (Springfield-Delco, 167 Saves), sixth-year senior attackman Jack Forster (La Salle, 27G, 15A), and junior attackman Shane Sturgis (Downingtown East, 19G, 11A). Vying for time are senior midfielders John Cugini (Springfield-Delco) and Eric Davidhesier (Hill School), junior attackman Tim Golder (Avon Grove), attackman Steve Aitken (Haverford School) and junior defenseman Ryan Mullen (Hatboro-Horsham). Freshmen include defenseman Ryan Guittare (Garnet Valley) and midfielder James Chakey (Haverford School).
16 – Fairfield – The Stags feature key returnees in junior attackman Eric Warden (Garnet Valley, 17G) and senior LSM Gordie Wells (La Salle, 15GB, 10 CT)
17 – Hofstra – Senior defenseman Mark Mullen (Germantown Academy, 16 GB, 10 CT) is a key returnee and sophomore attackman Tyler Johnston (Ridley) could crack the lineup. Sophomore LSM Chris Howell (Hill School) is vying for time.
18 – Bucknell – Junior defenseman Jackson Place (Episcopal Academy, 31 GB, 26 CT) is an All-League candidate, while senior LSM Wills Miller (Haverford School) is vying for time.
19 – Drexel – The Dragons will miss the services of senior attackman Brendan Glynn (St. Joseph’s Prep, 26G, 11A), who is recovering from serious injuries sustained last month after being struck by a car. Still, senior defenseman Chris Walsh (Downingtown East) is a co-captain and senior defenseman Justin Hummel (Downingtown Wast) is vying for time. Junior Jason Klunder (Conestoga) is a regular defensive middie while junior defenseman Tyler Houchins (La Salle) could crack the starting lineup and sophomore goalie Dan Rodgers (Salesianum School) is competing for a starting spot. Freshmen looking to make an impact include defenseman Chris Panichelli (Bishop Shanahan), FO Mike Barnes (Radnor), attackman Jules Raucci (Garnet Valley), and midfielders Jeremy Omrod (Holy Ghost Prep), Brendan Fabian (Avon Grove), Jordan Klunder (Conestoga) and Michael McGregor (Conestoga).
20 – Yale – Freshman attackman Shane Carr (Penn Charter) is looking for time.
Next time – Philly women on Top 20 teams