By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/7/08
Inside Lacrosse magazine has cited three Philadelphia players in its Top 10 lists of returning college standouts for 2009.
At defense, the No. 1 returnee is first-team All-American defender Ken Clausen (Hill School), a rising junior at Virginia who scooped 59 groundballs. Accordi ng to Inside Lacrosse magazine, “Clausen earned respect for bringing a hard-nosed on-ball style and infusing a spark to UVa’s transiti on game. There isn’t much he can’t do.”
At goalkeeper, the No. 2 returnee is Penn State rising senior Drew Adams (Springfield-Delco). Adams saved 61.1 percent of his shots in 2008 and had a goals against average of 7.67 for the Nittany Lions, who figure to improve upon a 7-7 season. Adams has earned the ECAC Lacrosse League Goalie of the Year all three of his seasons at PSU.
Lastly, at midfield, Ohio State rising junior James Green (Central Bucks East) was listed at No. 8. Green, currently playing for the USA Boy’s U-19 national team, had 22 goals and 11 assists.
Inside Lacrosse said, “A standout so far for the US U-19 in their tour leading up to Coquitlam, a host of coaches have gushed over how high his ceiling is and how much he can benefit from being the guy on the Bucks’ midfield.”
Tract gets all state honors
Recent Richmond graduate Samantha Tract (Radnor) was named to the 2008 Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) All-State First Team for the second time as a defender.
Tract started in every game (75 games) in her four years at Richmond and had 23 caused turnovers in her senior season, the second most on the team. The Wayne native also received All-Conference First Team honors handed out by the Atlantic 10 in April of 2008.