Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/23/16
This is one of a series of previews for the 2016 Philly lacrosse season
Head Coach: Kevin Donnelly -13th year
Last year’s record: 21-3
2015 postseason: PAC-10 Champions; lost in the District 1 quarterfinals to the eventual champion Springfield by 1; lost to Garnet Valley in State Playback
Returnees/players to watch: Liam Hare, D, All PAC-10, PAC-10 Defensive PoY, All-EPLCA, Jacksonville; Kevin Todd, A, All PAC-10, Richmond; Jake Hvazda, A, All-PAC 10, York; Matt DellaCroce, M, All-PAC-10, Michigan; Justin Schwenk, M, Monmouth; Ray Orcutt, M, All-PAC-10, Monmouth; Danny Cassidy, M, All PAC-10;
Coach’s Outlook: “We are working hard to become the best team that we can be. We will measure our success by how we come together as a team.”
Methacton High School
Head Coach: Nathanael Ryan (7th Season)
Last year’s record: 9-9 Regular Season (8-6 PAC-10), Lost in the PAC-10 Semis to league Champ Spring-Ford
Key losses to graduation: Keith White, Jake Blitzer, Michael Del Vecchio, Conner Derrickson, Zach Bodek
Returnees/players to watch: Aidan Denecke (SR. Att, 1st Team All-League, committed to RPI), Kyle Derrickson (JR. Def, 1st Team All-League), Connor Stevenson (SR. Att/Mid), Andrew Benci (SR. Def), Nick Salerno (SR. Def/LSM), Eric Dietch (SR, Mid), Gill Price (SR, Mid) Ryan O’Toole (JR. Mid), Harvey Smith (JR. Goalie) Kyle Kacala (Soph. Att/Mid), Stanley Kolimago (Soph. Mid)
Coach’s Outlook: “Our 2016 Team returns lots of starting experience at the Attack and Close Defensive position including returning 1st Team All-League players at both spots. A number of young players last year have really begun to mature and look to make big contributions for us this year. We are working to develop experience in our midfield which was the hardest hit to graduation. We have been blessed with great senior leadership and have an outstanding group of young men in our program.
“With our new facilities we’ve really been afforded more opportunities than ever to develop the talent we have and we are looking forward to the Spring season. We again have a competitive out of league schedule as we open the season with Great Valley (Chesmont), and also include Souderton (SOL), and Harriton (Central League).
“Our goals are to put ourselves in a position to reach the PAC-10 Final Four and earn a District 1 Playoff bid. We have a very competitive league and have an exciting challenge in front of us.”