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Philly boys’ HS previews: PAC’s Perkiomen Valley, Upper Merion

Wednesday, 21st March 2018

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School, Previews  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/21/18
This is one of a series of previews for the 2018 Philly lacrosse season

Perkiomen Valley High School

League: Pioneer Athletic Conference

Coach: Bryan Churchey, 6th Season as Head Coach

Last year’s record: 13-6 overall/8-2 PAC, earned #8 Seed and 2nd Round in District 1 Class AAA

Key returnees:
Remy Sell, SR., Defense
Connor Donovan, JR., Defense
Brian Fehr, SR., Attack
Richie Marshall, SR., Attack/Midfield
Matt Brock, SO., Midfield/Face Off Specialist

Others to watch:
Max Nice, SR., Midfield
Nick Pammer, SR., Midfield
Nick Steele, JR., Midfield
Rob Farrington, JR., Goalie
Ryan Candelori, SR., Defense
Connor Roop, SO., Attack
Zach Schiffman, SO., Attack

Coach’s outlook for 2018 season: “We have a lot of new faces after graduating a core group of leaders and contributors last year. With that said, those players that have been sitting behind last year’s contributors have done an outstanding job preparing themselves for 2018 and the opportunity to continue to take our program to new levels of success. We’re pleased with their progression so far; still plenty of work to do but they’ve stepped up and know what the expectations are. Our goal is to consistently improve from year to year, practice to practice, game to game to reach our team goals.”

Upper Merion

League: Pioneer Athletic Conference

Coach: Brady McCormick 11th season, Andrew Cox 1st season, Frank Nicholas 1st season, Wes McDowell 2nd season

Last year’s record: 6-12 overall, 3-6 in league

Key returnees: Zeev Magid-Slav (Sr, M), Alex Merritt (Sr, D), Johnny Salamy (Sr, M), Kyle Thornton (Sr, D), Nick Lindelow (Jr, M), Joey Meere (Jr, A), Josh Reinhardt (Jr, A), Scott Clairmont (So, D), Andy Dixon (So, M),

Others to watch: Jake Kaczur (Jr, A/M), Ben Hinson (So, A/M), Derek Leflar (So, G), Carter Besz (Fr, A), Justin Fisher (Fr, G/LSM)

Coach’s outlook for 2018 season: “Our biggest focus for the season is to tear down the negativity and individualism that has been too ingrained in our past few seasons and create a true team culture. The goal is to become a family that is playing for each other and giving everything we have on every play. A lot of boys are being called on to step into leadership roles a bit sooner than they may on other, deeper teams. If everyone buys into the coaches’ plans and executes, we can have a very successful season.”

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