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Boys’ HS previews; PAC-10’s Boyertown, Methacton, OJ Roberts, Phoenixville, Pottsgrove, Pope JP II,

Tuesday, 25th March 2014

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School, Posted 3/25/14
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This is one of a series of previews for the 2014 Philly lacrosse season


Head coach: Sean Kooker, 1st season (succeeds Geoff Davidson)Boys previews

2013 Record: 8-6 PAC-10, 10-8 overall; 2013 Postseason: Reached Final Four playoffs after knocking off Perkiomen Valley 15-6 in play-in game for No. 4 seed, lost to league champion Spring-Ford 20-12 in semifinals

Key returnees/players to watch:

Chris Stutzman, senior A
Michael Palladino, junior M
Brock Johnson, senior A, King’s recruit
David Pettine, senior D
Mitch Grohoski, senior M
Johnny Bennett, senior M


Head Coach: Nathanael Ryan,5th season, Assistants: Steve Kistler, Sean McCracken

2013 Record: 9-5 PAC-10, 10-10 overall; 2013 Postseason: Reached Final Four playoffs as No. 3 seed, losing to Owen J. Roberts 11-7 in semifinal round; Lost to Ridley 18-4 in opening round of district tournament

Returnees/players to watch
Seniors : Andrew DeSana, defense, 1st team all-league, PAC-10 Defensive POY, All-Area, Seton Hill recruit; Dom Germano, midfield, short stick specialist, 2nd team all-league; Nick Mazza, midfield; Hunter Mycek, defense; Owen Sullivan, midfield; Joe Ruhl, midfield
Juniors: Keith White, attack, 37 goals, 2nd team all-league; Jake Blitzer, goalie; Zach Bodek, LSM; Conner Derrickson, midfield; Michael DelVecchio attack. Sophomore Aidan Denecke, attack; Freshman: Kyle Derrickson, defense

Coach’s outlook: “We return a strong core on both the offensive end and defensive end, including our goalie, PAC-10 Defensive POY in Andrew Desana, and leading scorers in Keith White and Aidan Denecke. While we’ve lost much of our production at midfield to graduation we do have a group of guys with some experience there who are ready to step in to those roles and produce. We again have a challenging out of conference schedule with the aim of earning a seed in the District 1 playoffs. Lastly, one of our goals is to compete for a PAC-10 Final Four spot and Championship.”

Owen J. Roberts

Head coach: Jeff Neese, 14th season
2013 Record: 12-2 PAC-10, 14-7 overall; 2013 Postseason: Advanced to the Final Four tournament as the No. 2 seed, defeating Methacton 11-7 in the semifinals before losing to Spring-Ford 10-9 in double overtime of championship game; Lost to Central Bucks East 17-8 in opening round of District 1 tournament

Returnees/players to watch

Chris Antich, senior, attack, 2nd team all-league
Wyatt Scott, senior, defense, 1st team all-league
Christian Wood, goalie
Matt Lenge, midfield
Zach DeCarlo, midfield
Ben Hiltebeitel, midfield
Eric Antich, LSM, Washington College commit

Coach’s outlook: “We lost all of our first 2 midfields to graduation last year, thus giving a number of underclassmen the opportunity to grow. I think they will be right there by midseason. Our attack is strong with 2 of the 3 back and our defense has everyone back, which should make us stronger. We have a strong nonleague schedule and the PAC-10 is getting better and better. We are looking to compete again in the league and should get some nonleague wins.”

Head coach: Grady Wise, 3rd season

2013 Record:
2-12 PAC-10, 2-15 overall

Returnees/players to watch:
Isaac Levine- 3 year varsity starter – midfielder – 2nd team All PAC-10; Chris Modica, defense; Mike Wisser, defense; Donnie Jackson, midfielder/attack; Brennan Cassidy (freshman), midfielder/attack
Coach’s outlook: “We are experienced at the midfield and defense this year with many of our starters returning with multiple years at the varsity level. We have a strong group of young freshmen/sophomores that are going to have to learn the varsity pace of play quickly. The coaching staff is looking forward to seeing which guys are able to step up and have success with more challenging roles this year.”

Pope John Paul II

Head coach: Matt McMillen, 2nd season

2013 Record: 4-10 PAC-10, 6-12 overall

Returnees/players to watch
Seniors: Mike Wynne- Defense, 2nd Team Pac 10, Stevens Institute commit; John Bildstein – Midfield, 2nd Team Pac 10; Ian Schurr –Goalie; Jake Wiszumerski –Defense; Drew Glass –Midfield
Juniors: Wayne Mitchell, Attack; Jake Koury, Attack; Jake Bevenour, Midfield; Colin Dahl, Defense; Chase Lynch, Defense; Nick Kelly, LSM

Coach’s outlook: “After doubling the program high in wins last year, Pope John Paul II is looking to take another step forward this season. The team has been working hard in the offseason and looks to make a run at a PAC- 10 playoff appearance this year. The Panthers return all but 2 starters from last year and have a strong core of senior leaders. Senior Ian Schurr will return at goalie for PJP, while seniors Mike Wynne and Jake Wiszumerski look to anchor a talented defense. Leading the offense will be senior midfielders John Bildstein and Drew Glass.”


Head coach: Fred Michaels, 3rd season

2013 Record: 0-14 PAC-10, 1-17 overall

Returnees/players to watch
Riley Michaels (M) – 2nd Team PAC-10 Midfield, Cabrini signee
Brendan Wurtz (M)
Wyatt Porter (M)
Garret Walton (M)
John Gresko (M)
Will Wallace (A)
Kyle Rodgers (A)
Jarad Ludy (D)
Tyler Van Horn (D)

Coach’s outlook: “Last season we struggled. This year, our focus will continue to be consistency of play and improved defense. The team has been working hard in the offseason to develop team chemistry and advance our overall game. We look forward to competing in the PAC-10 and expect to have a successful season.”
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